Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time is now for Hanlan...and BC
The Draft Express crew think Olivier Hanlan is the 6th best NBA prospect in the ACC. While their scouting doesn't guarantee anything, Hanlan has to be thinking about the NBA. If he improves off of last season, he's a first-round draft pick. I hope the lure of the NBA provides the proper motivation and makes him work harder and play better. A great season for Hanlan should mean a great season for BC.
The only downside to a big year for Hanlan is what it means to sustaining a consistent program. If he leaves he takes a big chunk of scoring and productivity. He would also put Donahue in an awkward position. Had things progressed on a normal pace, Hanlan's Senior season would be the chance for Donahue to backfill the Anderson/Clifford class without a total drop off. If Olivier leaves before those guys, BC has another massive rebuilding job.
It also becomes about windows. If Hanlan turns out to be only a two-year player, it is critical that Donahue gets the team into the NCAA Tournament this year. First to show that he can win with talent and secondly to buy himself some time for another rebuild.
Let's hope Hanlan has a huge year. Those types of seasons from special players are fun to watch. And who knows when we will see one again.