Hancock is 'good to go' for Louisville

Luke Hancock is expected to play a major role with the University of Louisville basketball team this season. But Hancock, a transfer from George Mason, had off-season shoulder surgery. Cardinal Authority talked with Hancock to get an update on his health heading into the season.

Luke Hancock is expected to be a major contributor for the University of Louisville basketball team this season.

The former transfer from George Mason hasn't even played a game for the Cardinals and he's already been named a co-captain.

But there has been questions about his health in recent months after Hancock separated his right shoulder in late April and later had surgery. He was sidelined throughout the summer and into the fall.

But Hancock said the fans don't need to fret.

"I am good to go," Hancock told Cardinal Authority. "They're going to keep me out of full contact for a couple of more weeks but I should be in there and all ready just before we start practice (in mid-October).

"I'll be able to start taking contact and doing everything, getting ready."

The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Hancock, who sat out last season and will have two years of eligibility at U of L, said he was released around one month ago to start shooting and doing some non-contact drills.

He started shooting inside the three-point line but has since been able to extend to where he's shooting from anywhere on the court with "no pain at all."

"Now, if I don't go out there and get loose then it might be a problem," Hancock said. "But everybody has to stretch out and get their body ready."

U of L coach Rick Pitino has said the staff will use Hancock as a backup point guard, while also playing him at the two and three positions.

A native of Roanoke, Va., Hancock started 30 games as a sophomore at George Mason and was third on the team in scoring (10.9 ppg), first in assists (4.3) and fourth in rebounds (4.2). In an NCAA tournament win over Villanova, he had 18 points and five assists and hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 21 seconds left.

Hancock made the All-Colonial Athletic Association third-team as a sophomore after making the CAA all-rookie team as a freshman. He averaged 7.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists as a freshman for the Patriots.

Now, Hancock is just ready to get on the floor.

"You have no idea," Hancock said about how excited he is to start playing again. "I feel like I have been sitting out forever. It seems like it's been so long. I just can not wait for this year to get started."

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