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The Brooklyn Nets will hold their final 2015 NBA Draft workout on Monday, June 22, when they will workout six players in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Nets will bring in the following players: Olivier Hanlan, Andrew Harrison, Sam Thompson, Pat Connaughton, Branden Dawson and Cliff Alexander.
Hanlan worked out for the Pacers and Spurs last week and is hoping these personal workouts can thrust him into the first round. “It’s definitely different just working out and I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a lot of guard drills, one-on-one, two-on-two, and things I’ve been working on the most in the offseason,” he said. “I didn’t really get a chance to play much five-on-five but I’m looking forward to these workouts and competing with three other guards and a few big guys.”
The process should end with Hanlan’s name being called on June 25. He has been projected as a second-round pick in most prognostications, but that could change in the next month. “Everybody dreams of draft night, everybody dreams of getting drafted, I’m just focused on enjoying the moment,” said Hanlan. “That day is definitely going to be exciting, a bunch of emotions. There’s a lot of work leading up to that day so I am looking forward to that process.”
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Olivier Hanlan wasn’t going to make a decision about his future until getting to know new Boston College head coach Jim Christian. Christian heading to Canada to meet Hanlan’s family is a major reason why the Eagles leading scorer this past season made the decision yesterday he will return to the Heights. Hanlan told the Herald yesterday that he will be back at BC for his junior season, foregoing a chance to enter his name into the NBA Draft. Christian met with Hanlan’s family earlier this week, securing what could be his biggest get just over a week into his tenure, even though Hanlan was already an Eagle. “That definitely helped a lot,” Hanlan said of Christian’s trip. “I was pretty comfortable with Jim after doing a few workouts with him and after having a few good conversations with him, too, on campus. The next step was for my family, my brother and my dad and Dave Smart (coach of the University of Carleton in Ontario) to be on the same page. That just made me more comfortable.”
And the departure of BC’s scoring leader (18.6 points per game) could trigger an exodus of several other players — including 6-2 sophomore guard Joe Rahon, a native of San Diego who averaged 9.0 points, and 6-8 junior forward Ryan Anderson, of Long Beach, Calif., who averaged 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds — according to other team sources. Those sources indicated both Rahon and Anderson may be considering transferring to West Coast schools.
Sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated that the 6-foot-4-inch Hanlan will explore the possibility of leaving school early for the NBA. If he doesn’t sign with an agent, however, he would retain his eligibility.