Luke Hancock calls his dream week 'crazy'

It's been a wild and crazy week for Final Four Most Outstanding Player Luke Hancock since the University of Louisville won the national title. Cardinal Authority caught up with Hancock and chatted about his dream week.

It's all been like a dream for University of Louisville junior Luke Hancock.

The transfer from George Mason led the Cardinals to the NCAA national championship last Monday, named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after his unbelievable play in wins over Wichita State and Michigan.

"It was all so surreal," Hancock said.

The dream has continued all week. Hancock has been the toast of the town, signing autographs and taking pictures with anyone he encounters.

On Saturday, Hancock and the rest of the team was honored at halftime of the football Spring Game and the 33,000 fans chanted ""LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUK."

"It's been unbelievable, all of the support," Hancock said. "I've signed so many things and taken so many pictures. It's been crazy but a lot of fun."

Hancock said he's had several odd requests for autographs but nothing like the one where he was asked to "sign someone's baby."

"Yea, I did it," he said. "Just on the arm."

Hancock said he's going to "just enjoy" the celebration as it continues around town. He's going to finish up the spring semester and then "spend some time" back home in Virginia with his ailing father.

"I want to be there with him some this spring and summer," Hancock said.

But he won't forget basketball. He said he's only taken one shot since the title game – and missed it – but will soon get back on the court.

Hancock said his shoulder is still not 100 percent and "I'm not sure it's something I will have to deal with my whole career or not," but he will try and continue to rehab and get as healthy as he can before next season.

"I thought my left shoulder was good and then I took a shot in the Colorado State game and it's bothering me now," he said. "I don't know if it will ever be 100 percent or not. But either way, I'll be fine. I played through it this year."

Hancock said he knows teammates Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng will "do what's best for them and we'll support them," with decisions about their future.

But even if both turn pro, Hancock is excited about next season.

"We're going to be a good team next year," Hancock said. "We have a lot of guys coming back and a lot of guys coming in next year ready to play.

Hancock was the first reserve to ever be named MOP at the Final Four. He scored 22 points – incuding a first-half run of 14 straight – in the title game against Michigan after scoring 20 in the semifinal against Wichita State.


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