From BC Media Relations
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Olivier Hanlan has earned the 2012-13 ACC Freshman of the Year award, announced Tuesday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
Hanlan earned 43 of the 77 votes cast by ACSMA members. Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon finished second with 15 votes and NC State's T.J. Warren had 12.
Hanlan is the first conference rookie of the year winner for Boston College since Troy Bell won Big East Rookie of the Year honors in 1999-2000. Hanlan is the fifth student-athlete from BC to earn a conference rookie of the year award.
"It is a great honor for him and well deserved, mostly because he is someone who is putting a great amount of work in to improve both on and off the basketball court," head coach Steve Donahue said. "It is also a credit to his teammates for trusting him with the ball quite a bit. Their unselfishness has made him better as well."
The Aylmer, Quebec product was the only unanimous selection for the All-Freshman Team yesterday as he appeared on all 77 ballots. He also received honorable mention recognition on All-ACC voting.
Hanlan is the only freshman to rank in the top six in points (14.6), rebounds (4.2) and assists (2.3) among the rookie class. He ranks sixth in the ACC in conference scoring (15.7) and is eighth overall (14.6). Hanlan leads all freshmen with 26 double-digit scoring games.
Hanlan also leads ACC freshmen and ranks sixth overall in free throw attempts per game (5.1). He ranks 10th in the league in free throw percentage (.750) and field goal percentage (.463) during league action. Hanlan was named ACC Rookie of the Week a conference-best four times.
He has scored in double figures in all but two conference games this season. He has recorded 10 games of 15 or more points and four games of 20 or more points since league play started in January.
Hanlan and the Eagles will open the ACC Tournament on Thursday when they face Georgia Tech at noon at the Greensboro Coliseum.