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Olivier Hanlan in Varese

Through a note Pallacanestro Varese announced the agreement with Olivier Hanlan. The Canadian born ’93 comes to the red and white after a long European experience: he can hurt both in penetration thanks to an excellent ball handling that allows him to beat the man and get to the iron, and with the three-point shot.

After the first steps taken in his native country, Hanlan landed in the United States, playing one season at New Hampton Prep School and then finally putting himself on display at Boston College, winning ACC rookie of the year in his first year. Selected in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, he will not make his NBA debut, however, moving to the Old Continent for two seasons: first to Zalgiris with whom he participates in the Euroleague and wins a national title, then the following season to Le Mans in the Basketball Champions League. In the 2017-2018 season he is G-League champion with the Austin Spurs putting up an average of 14.3 points. In 2018-2019 he disputes the FIBA Europe Cup with Bonn, while from 2019 he lands in Greece for two seasons at GS Iraklis Thessaloniki (16.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the first, 13.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in the second with, however, an impressive 19.8 points average in FIBA Europe Cup), an experience interspersed with 8 games in CEBL at the Ottawa Blackjacks.

In 2021 he moved to Aris and his remarkable numbers in the Greek league (20.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists) earned him a call from Valencia in ACB. In 2022 he starts the season in China at Tianjin Ronggang Pioneers before moving to Gaziantep. With the Turkish club he plays 9 FIBA Europe Cup games at 16.8 points shooting 57.8% from three.

A member of the Canadian national team, he played in an Under-17 World Cup in 2010, earning a third-place finish, while in 2011 he was on the Under-19 World Cup team.

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