Luke Hancock: 'There's no better feeling'

University of Louisville senior basketball player Luke Hancock capped an emotional week on Saturday by being named to the USA Basketball World University Games team. Hancock spoke with Cardinal Authority before heading to Russia.

It was a tough week for Luke Hancock.

The University of Louisville senior guard left his home in Roanoke, Va., last Monday after spending a few weeks with his ailing father, Bill.

On his way to tryouts for the USA Basketball World University Games team, Hancock was informed by his mother – while in the Dallas airport – that his father had passed away. He decided to go ahead with tryouts.

Hancock, who said he didn't want to discuss his father publically, didn't have the best start to the tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"It was tough because I hadn't played competitively in a few weeks," Hancock said. "So, the first day was hard on me. But once they started putting the sets and stuff in I felt more and more comfortable."

Hancock ended the week by making the team. He was one of 12 players named to the team on Saturday and today left for Kazan, Russia, where the team will play in the World University Games form July 7-16.

"It's such an honor," Hancock said. "It's an unbelievable feeling. I'm pretty proud. To be able to say you are playing for your country is pretty special."

Hancock said he knew when he was invited that he was "there for a reason," and noted he felt confident in his chances of making the team.

In the end, Hancock said his versatility likely earned him a spot on the roster. He led the team in steals in a scrimmage last Friday and several analysts in attendance said he made seven three-pointers during Saturday's action.

"I felt like I had a good year," Hancock said with a chuckle. "I was a pretty good player on a pretty good team. So, I felt pretty confident coming in. But my role, I feel like I'm a guy who can do a lot of things for this team.

"And it's not going to be just shooting the ball."

The Most Outstanding Player from the Final Four, Hancock said there is "no better preparation" for his senior season than the competition he'll face.

"Most guys are working out at the gym by themselves and then going and hanging out at the pool the rest of the day," he said. "I'm going through two-a-days against top competition. It's only going to make me better."

Hancock said "there's no better feeling," than when he found out on Saturday that he had made the team.

Hancock played in all 40 games this past season for the Cardinals after transferring from George Mason. He hit a team-best 63 three-pointers and scored 22 points in the national title game, including going 5-for-5 on three-pointers.

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