With news that the Eagles second leading scorer from last season will transfer out of the program, all eyes turn to Boston College's top scorer -- sophomore guard Olivier Hanlan. On Monday, Hanlan told the Herald that he's still about a week and a half away from making a decision on whether to return to the Heights for his junior season or declare early for the NBA Draft.
"Either way I'll be in a pretty good position," Hanlan told the Herald. "I love playing college basketball and it's a game that everybody should enjoy."
Hanlan said he has not and will not hire an agent during the process.
Here's a rough outline of #HanlanNBADraftWatch2014:
-- April 7 - Hanlan and the rest of the team reportedly met with Christian today. Each player will sit down with the new coach later this week
-- April 15 - if Hanlan publicly declares early, he has until this date to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft's list of early entrants
-- April 27 - if Hanlan does not publicly declare for the draft, he has until this date to decide whether to declare early or stay in school
-- May 2 - NBA releases early entrant candidate list
-- June 26 - NBA Draft
Last year's ACC Rookie of the Year followed up his sensational freshman campaign with an even better season -- at least statistically -- as a sophomore. Hanlan finished third in the league in scoring (18.5) en route to earning All-ACC Third Team honors. His play was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season for the 8-24 Eagles.
Should Hanlan decide to leave school early, first year coach Jim Christian will have to replace the program's leading scorers from the past three seasons (Hanlan in 13-14 and 12-13 and Anderson in 11-12). The rebuild job in Chestnut Hill could get that much more difficult.