New Hampton's Hanlan a big addition for BC

ESPN's Adam Finkelstein has more details on the verbal commitment of New Hampton (N.H.) point guard Olivier Hanlan Tuesday night to Boston College, today on ESPN's national recruiting blog.

Finkelstein thinks Hanlan, a Quebec native, is a terrific fit for Steve Donahue's system, and could be an immediate impact. The complete entry can be found here, and is excerpted below:

At Boston College, Steve Donahue and his staff have to be thrilled. When Hanlan committed on Tuesday night I noted what a great fit it was in terms of style of play. Hanlan is an old school pure point guard. He is as skilled as he is cerebral and most importantly he makes those around him better.

While the naysayers will say he and Joe Rahon (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines), another guard who committed to B.C. earlier this month, are two point guards who are both used to playing with the ball in their hands, I say they are going to make each other better.

Donahue’s offensive system puts a premium on skilled players who are versatile and smart enough to make a variety of different reads and plays. Having two guards that are comfortable making decisions is a huge luxury, especially when those guys can also score the ball with range and have enough size to defend most opposing backcourts.