NBA Draft Profile: Boston College PG Olivier Hanlan


NBA Draft Profile: Boston College PG Olivier Hanlan

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft we will provide profiles of more than 60 prospects, including video interviews with each player, what they're saying leading up to draft day as well as their potential fit on the Bulls.

Olivier Hanlan, PG, Boston College

6'4" | 186 lbs. | 22 years old

2014-15 stats:

19.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 3-pointers, 35.3 3FG%, 37.6 minutes


Second round to undrafted


"I was just ready for the next step. I was confident with my abilities to play on and off the ball, aggressive, and I see so many guys making that next step to the next level and I felt prepared for it."

Fit for the Bulls:

The Bulls do not have a second-round pick, but if they move back into it Hanlan is certainly an intriguing prospect. He has good length and height, can play both guard positions and had three solid years at Boston College in which he grew while dealing with two different coaching staffs. Kirk Hinrich likely will be back if he picks up his $3 million player option, but Fred Hoiberg will need to find a replacement for Aaronm Brooks. That guy could be Hanlan, who excelled with the Eagles playing against murderer's row in the ACC. He has excellent court vision, good range from beyond the arc and a quick first step.

Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls-76ers

The Bulls square off against the Sixers tonight on NBC Sports Chicago, with coverage beginning at 6:30 with Bulls Pregame Live. Here are three things to watch as the Bulls begin the stretch run of their regular season.

1. The new rotation: Most of the Bulls’ rotation looks the same, but the addition of David Nwaba, Cristiano Felicio and Cameron Payne will have a different feel. The Bulls clearly want to get a look at these guys before the end of the regular season, meaning they’re not just going to get sporadic minutes. They’ll have to play through their mistakes, play out-matched at times and be put in uncomfortable situations. But the Bulls need to see what they have, especially in Payne, who has missed the entire season to this point with a broken foot.

2. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons: They’re quite the 1-2 punch and have the Sixers looking at their first playoff appearance since Derrick Rose hadn’t yet torn an ACL. Yeah, that’s a long time. Embiid just finished his first All-Star appearance (starting in his second year) and Simmons is the front runner for Rookie of the Year. The Bulls will have their hands full with these two. Luckily…

3. Kris Dunn is back: The Bulls wanted to get Dunn some run before heading to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars Challenge, and he looked healthy in that thumping against the Raptors last week. The good news is John Paxson says Dunn won’t be on a minutes limit, which means he’s healthy. That, of course, is more important than how he’s playing. It’ll be fun to see him, LaVine and Markkanen play together down the stretch. Their numbers together aren’t great, but the Bulls are 2-2 with all three in the lineup, and tanking or not…it’s more fun to watch when those three are rolling. 

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Of Bulls and Blackhawks, which team will finish with higher draft pick?

On the latest SportsTalk Live Podcast, Patrick Finley (Chicago Sun-Times), Hub Arkush (ProFootball Weekly) and Jason Goch (SB Nation) join Kap on the panel.

The guys debate which team will finish with a higher draft pick when the season ends: Bulls or Blackhawks?

Plus, hear their reaction to the MLB’s new pace-of-play rule change.

Listen to the full SportsTalk Live Podcast right here: