Former Bowdoin Hoops Star Hanley Signs Deal to Play in Spain's Top League

Photo courtesy of ACB PHOTO/M.A.POLO
Photo courtesy of ACB PHOTO/M.A.POLO

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Former Bowdoin player Will Hanley (New Canaan, Conn.) has signed a two-year deal with Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa of Spain's top professional basketball league (ACB).

A 2012 graduate of Bowdoin, Hanley enjoyed a sensational first season of professional basketball in 2012-13, breaking in with Oviedo Club Baloncesta in Spain's LEB Plata (Third Division) and averaging 17.7 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals, finishing as the league's top scorer, rebounder and MVP. One week after being named the league's MVP, he hooked up with injury-riddled Valencia BC of Spain's top division, where he played in four games, showing enough to be signed up for a two-year deal by Gipuzkoa.

At Bowdoin, Hanley was one of the program's most decorated players, twice earning First Team All-NESCAC honors while also collected All-Region recognition and Maine State Player of the Year laurels as a senior in 2011-12. Hanley was the first player in school history to average a double-double in consecutive seasons and, as a senior, was first in the NESCAC at 11.4 rebounds per game and stood second in scoring at 18.4 points per contest.

His 1,490 career points are sixth all-time at Bowdoin while his 883 career rebounds rank second in school history. His 119 blocks are fourth in program history and his .529 career field goal percentage is 10th all-time. He closes out his career as the only player in school history to surpass 1,400 career points, 800 rebounds and 200 assists in a career.

In his short time in Spain, Hanley has already managed to develop a fan base and has affectionately been coined "El Caballo Blanco" - "The White Horse" - by fans. Hanley will open the new season with his team in September.