Boston High School: Olivier Hanlan

New Hampton's Hanlan a big addition for BC

October, 27, 2011
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.

New Hampton's Olivier Hanlan chooses BC

October, 25, 2011
ESPN has confirmed that New Hampton (N.H.) senior point guard Olivier Hanlan made a verbal commitment to Boston College head coach Steve Donahue on Tuesday night, becoming the second player to commit to the Eagles in the class of 2012.

The Gatineau, Quebec native was the fifth highest rated available point guard in the ESPN database. He was on Boston College's campus last weekend for his official visit after visiting Virginia Tech in September. He also considered Virginia, Dayton, and Rice.

"I just really liked my visit. I felt really comfortable with all the coaches, especially with Coach Donahue." Hanlan told "They've been recruiting me since last winter and when I sat down with my family to think about it, that's what it came down to, that and the style of play. Even my old coach from Canada was saying the style of play would fit me perfectly.

ESPN recruiting coordinator Adam Finkelstein thinks this could be a pivotal commitment for Boston College.

"I think this is a potentially huge addition for them [Boston College]," Finkelstein said. "I'm not sure there was a more pure point guard still available in the country and given Hanlan's high I.Q. and skill set, there might not have been a better fit for the way that Boston College likes to play."

Brewster defends New Hampton Invitational title

February, 20, 2011
NEW HAMPTON, N.H. -- Brewster Academy defeated New Hampton School, 80-72, to win the 2011 New Hampton Invitational Tournament.

The Bobcats (26-1) entered the tournament yesterday after suffering their first loss of the season on Wednesday to St. Thomas More, 78-64. They defeated South Kent in the opening round Friday night, 86-67, to advance to the title game against the hosts and archrivals. St. John’s bound senior Jakarr Sampson had 14 points in the victory to take home tournament MVP honors, while junior big man Mitch McGary added 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Brewster would get going out of the gate taking a 12-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game. Durand Johnson led the charge as the Pittsburgh commit began the contest with a three, and a couple of quick buckets off nice feeds from Eli Carter (11 points) and Kansas-bound point guard Naadir Tharpe.

New Hampton (18-10) would weather the early storm and make it a contest, taking a 31-30 lead with five minutes left in the first half. Brewster would maintain their poise and get some key defensive stops to take a 36-31 lead into the half.

The Bobcats came out firing in the second half, extending the lead to as many as 14 points but the resilient Huskies would not cave in. Up by six with two minutes remaining, 67-61, Villanova-bound center Makus Kennedy stole an inbounds pass, and tossed a highlight-reel alley-oop to Johnson, who slammed it down and cement the win for Brewster.

Johnson led all scorers in the contest with 22 points. New Hampton was led by point guard Olivier Hanlan, who slashed to the basket all night on his way to scoring a team high 18 points.

“New Hampton is an outstanding basketball team,” Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith said. “They play disciplined, very hard and we were fortunate to come out with the victory.”

Brewster has now won back-to-back New Hampton Invitational tournaments, and four of the last five.

“It is a great time of year to come over here,” said Smith. “This tournament is special as I grew up watching it as a kid. It is an important tournament to get us ready for the postseason.”

St. John’s commitment Jakarr Sampson was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, adding 20 points in the semifinal to carry his team into the finals.

“It is tough to beat a team three times in a year,” said Sampson. “Hopefully we build off these two wins and keep the momentum going into the playoffs.

Brewster gets back to action Monday, when they host the Tilton School led by Everett’s Nerlens Noel and Boston’s Wayne Selden

Consolation game: Winchendon 86, South Kent (Conn.) 84

In the consolation game, Winchendon defeated South Kent 86-84 in an overtime battle. Winchendon led throughout the contest, but South Kent would storm back in the final minutes to make it a game.

South Kent guard Andrew Crawley hit a three-pointer with 4.2 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game in to overtime. In the extra frame, Winchendon’s Xavier Pollard scored seven of his team high-21 points to lead Winchendon to the victory.

Winchendon guard Corbyn Moe also scored 21 points in the win. South Kent was led by St. John's-bound forward Maurice Harkless, who had 25 points on the night.