The ACC Sports Media Association has named Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan Rookie of the Year.
He is the first BC rookie to ever receive the honor. The first of many accolades for one of BC’s rising stars, the freshman from Alymar, Quebec was unanimously named onto the All-ACC freshman team yesterday.
One of the more explosive guards in the conference, Hanlan led the league in freshman scoring with 14.6 points per game and racked in 72 assists over the course of regular season play.
He has scored in the single-digits only five times in the 2012-2013 campaign, with season-highs of 26 points against Maryland and 12 boards against Providence. Both of those games were victories for the 15-16 Eagles.
In a season marked by “moral” victories and painstakingly close defeats, Hanlan gained much experience in losses to Miami and Duke earlier in the year.
On Jan. 16, the now No. 6-ranked Miami Hurricanes pulled out a 60-59 victory against the Eagles. Hanlan missed what would have been a game-tying free throw with about a second to go.
Hanlan also missed a pull-up jumper as time expired against a highly ranked Duke squad on Feb. 10. The win would have been Boston College’s second ever against Duke.
These were just a few rough patches in an otherwise stellar freshman year for Hanlan. His electric pace and extraordinary ability to find the basket propelled BC past many foes this season, especially in the last conference games of the season.
He dropped 24 points against Clemson last week and 14 against Georgia Tech. BC won both contests.
The ACC started to award ROY honors in 1976. Since then, Georgia Tech has won the most with 11, followed by UNC with nine and Duke with five.
BC springs into ACC tournament play this Thursday, March 14, against Georgia Tech. Hanlan and company will look to advance the Eagles deep into the ACC tournament, giving them a shot at their first-ever ACC title, despite a rough season.