A 6'5 guard from Roanoke, Va., Hancock watched his new teammates play in the Final Four while sitting out this season. Now, Hancock, who was named a co-captain this week with senior point guard Peyton Siva, wants to help the Cardinals get back to the Final Four.
"I had a backseat view of everything that happened," Hancock said. "I made the trips to Phoenix, New Orleans and New York so being able to see all that was definitely motivation to get back there."
Hancock, a third team All-Colonial selection after averaging 10.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and a team-leading 4.3 assists as a sophomore, doesn't feel any pressure after being thrust into a leadership role for a team that won 30 games and returns three starters.
"I don't feel any pressure, we've got three McDonald's All-Americans and Gorgui Dieng. All I have to do is put the pieces together," Hancock said. "Coach has said a lot of good things about me and put a bit of pressure on me, but those guys have the spotlight on them."
Rick Pitino calls Hancock one of Louisville's "best basketball players," but says it's his leadership qualities that "stand out." Hancock practiced with the Cardinals all season and wasn't surprised to be named team captain. He defined his role as being a facilitator for a championship contender. Pitino said he'll probably be the starting shooting guard next season.
"We obviously have a great team and return a lot of guys," Hancock said. "I feel like my job is going to be blending everybody together. We have Gorgui, Chane, Peyton, Wayne, Russ and so many more guys that didn't get to shine like Mike [Marra] and VT [Stephen Van Treese] coming back. I think all I really have to do is put it together. We have so many pieces to the puzzle coming back. I don't feel like I have to come in and try to score 40 points."
Hancock says his focus on doing the "little things" that help make the team better.
"I'm going to try my best to take care of the little things - be a rebounder, play defense, pass the basketball and get people shots and fill in where I can if I need to score," Hancock said. "I'm just trying to help the team whatever way I can."