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Hanlan impressed in first year at BC

The regular season is over, and the honors have begun to roll in for Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan.

On Monday, the freshman from Aylmer, Quebec, was named ACC rookie of the week for the fourth time and was the lone unanimous selection for the All-ACC freshman team. Ryan Anderson, BC’s leading scorer, was named to the All-ACC third team.

The four weekly honors is the most in the conference this season, and the latest one comes after Hanlan helped lead the Eagles to a three-game winning streak to end the ACC slate. In the past week, Hanlan averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in BC’s two games (a road win over Clemson and a home win over Georgia Tech).

Hanlan finished the season tied for eighth in the ACC in scoring (14.6) and was among the top six rookies in both rebounds (4.2) and assists (2.3) per game.

Anderson finished his sophomore season averaging 15.1 points (sixth in the ACC) and 8.1 rebounds (fourth) per game. His nine 20-point games was third in the league, his nine 10-rebound games was fifth and his eight double-doubles was sixth.

On his weekly ACC conference call earlier Monday, BC coach Steve Donahue was asked about Hanlan’s season.

“I think it’s been incredible,” he said. “I don’t really get caught up in these things -- I don’t think I’ve ever talked publicly about any of my players and what they deserve [as far as awards] -- but it’s hard to imagine, [he was] sixth in the league in scoring [15.7 PPG in ACC play] and 10th in field goal percentage [as] a freshman guard.

“Obviously he’s been our leader and catalyst in our improvement,” Donahue said. “I can’t imagine anybody having a better year and I think nationally there can’t be too many freshmen that have had the impact that he’s had in this league. And I think he’s one of the better players in the league, as well.

“Honestly he’s achieved way more than I ever could have imagined this early in his career.”

Hanlan was the only freshman named to all 77 ballots for the All-ACC freshman team in the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association voting. He also received honorable mention for the All-ACC team.

With Hanlan in the fold, the Eagles improved modestly from 9-21 overall and 4-12 in the ACC to 15-16 overall and 7-11 in the ACC.

Donahue gives a great deal of credit for the improvement to Hanlan and fellow freshman backcourt member Joe Rahon. The coach also praised Hanlan’s work ethic.

“I say this to recruits, ‘The thing that I don’t know about you guys is are you really going to work hard?’” Donahue said. “Everyone says they work hard. Are they going to come here, in college, and have to be great? And that’s one thing [Hanlan] did since day one.

“The other thing is are you coachable? Are you willing to hear criticism and willing to work on it in a manner that you’re going to get better because you’re coachable? That kid’s a sponge and he wants every information that you can have. And our development is a credit to him because of those two things.”