The Utah Jazz drafted Olivier Hanlan on Thursday night with the 42nd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He becomes the sixth Boston College Eagle drafted in the 21st century and the first since Reggie Jackson was picked 24th overall by Oklahoma City in the 2011 draft.
Hanlan, a junior out of Aylmer, Quebec, averaged no less than 15 points over his three years with BC, scoring an ACC-high 19.5 points last season. The next closest league scorer, Duke's Jahlil Okafor, scored nearly two full points less per game. Okafor, a center for the national champion Blue Devils, was picked third overall by Philadelphia.
As discussed in our draft profile of Hanlan, it will be very interesting to see how he fits into a team's plan. While he played point guard for BC, he projects more as a shooting guard for the Jazz with the ability to possibly shift over to both the 1-guard or 3-forward positions. That type of versatility will make him a weapon both off the bench with the capability of spot starting.
We'll have full reaction and analysis to the Hanlan pick throughout the day, but let this be the first congratulations to Olivier as he begins his professional basketball career!