Boston College Basketball: Sophomore G Olivier Hanlan Declares for NBA Draft, According to D1 Circuit

Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Update: Not so fast?

UPDATE:

Since reporting earlier Thursday that Boston College Sophomore G Olivier Hanlan declared for the NBA Draft, D1 Circuit now claims Hanlan's status remains undecided:

Still no announcement from BC or Hanlan. Stay tuned.

ORIGINAL:

Two weeks after The Boston Globe first reported that Olivier Hanlan would test pro basketball waters, it appears the sophomore guard made his decision official and declared for the NBA Draft. According to D1 Circuit:

Though the news has yet to be confirmed by Boston College or Hanlan, if true, Hanlan's decision leaves the Eagles and an incoming head coach with major production to replace.  In his two seasons on the Heights, Hanlan established himself as BC's best player, a versatile guard with shooting range and as explosive a penetration ability as anyone in the ACC.

Hanlan burst onto the national scene - and became a buzzed-about pro prospect -  a year ago when he punctuated his freshman campaign with a 41-point performance against Georgia Tech in the ACC Tournament. Though Hanlan lead the Eagles in scoring at 18.5 points per game in 2013-14, some considered his season a disappointment. Hanlan admitted to trying to become more of a distributor this season, but at times seemed too deferential to teammates, particularly early in games.

Because the Eagles' disastrous season did more to expose Hanlan's flaws than accentuate his strengths, the idea that he would forego his junior season was surprising when first reported. If confirmed, this news can only mean Hanlan received positive feedback  of his draft prospects, regardless of BC's season.

It will be interesting to see how/if Hanlan's departure impacts BC's search for a head coach. More to come as we await word from Hanlan and BC.

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