Virginia Tech’s men’s basketball program remains in the running for New Hampton Prep (N.H.) guard Olivier Hanlan , who made an official visit to Blacksburg the weekend of September 17. The 6’3″, 190-pound senior enjoyed his experience at Tech, but he wants to explore more options before committing anywhere.
“I took one official visit. The next visit is at Boston College this weekend,” Hanlan said. “I wanted to get a few other visits in and compare schools. I might get another in after BC. Maybe two.”
If another visit does happen, Tennessee stands as the most likely destination. The Volunteers offered recently, joining the Eagles and the Hokies in this race. Kansas and Notre Dame are also being considered, though neither school has offered yet.
“I don’t really have a favorite right now,” Hanlan said. “Knowing my game, I think I can fit in at each of the programs I’m considering. Virginia Tech was a perfect first official, but I just want to compare other schools. I want to make sure I find the best fit.”
Hanlan further reflected on the only official visit he has made to date.
“I really liked the campus, the basketball facilities, Coach Seth Greenberg and Coach Rob,” Hanlan said. “I had fun all weekend chilling with the guys. They were showing me around and letting me know what the Hokie Nation is like. I loved it.”
Virginia Tech is recruiting Hanlan as a point guard, the position he plays for head coach Peter Hutchins at New Hampton. The native Canadian entered New Hampton last season as a junior, seeing significant action at the point guard spot. This year, he’s assuming a larger role.
“Last year helped me a lot. We had a few point guards, so I was getting used to the program. This year, we have a solid team but a younger team. I’m playing a bigger part. I’m a captain,” Hanlan said.
Hanlan played the 2011 AAU circuit with Albany City Rocks. He primarily played the point, but he did gain experience at the two guard position. Asked what he feels his strengths are, Hanlan answered, “Being a floor leader and getting guys open and helping my teammates. I can also score pretty easy. I can shoot pretty good.”
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