Tuesday, March 12, 2013
BC's Hanlan named ACC Rookie of the year
By Jack McCluskey
A day after he was the only unanimous selection for the All-ACC freshman team and earned his fourth ACC Rookie of the Week honor, Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan has been named ACC Rookie of the Year.
Hanlan, a native of Aylmer, Quebec, received 43 of the 77 votes cast by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. The next highest vote-getter was Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon, with 15.
“It is a great honor for him and well deserved,” BC coach Steve Donahue said in a statement, “mostly because he is someone who is putting a great amount of work in to improve both on and off the basketball court.
"It is also a credit to his teammates for trusting him with the ball quite a bit. Their unselfishness has made him better as well."
Hanlan becomes the fifth BC player to win a conference rookie of the year honor, and the first since Troy Bell won Big East Rookie of the Year in 1999-2000.
The 6-foot-4, 188-pound point guard finished eighth in the ACC in scoring (14.6 points per game) and led all freshmen with 26 games scoring in double figures.
Hanlan and the Eagles will face Georgia Tech in the first round of the ACC tournament on Thursday in Greensboro, N.C.
Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.