Hancock feels 'great' and ready for return

The University of Louisville basketball team won the season opener on Saturday – a 70-48 decision over College of Charleston – without Final Four MVP Luke Hancock. Cardinal Authority spoke with Hancock after the game about his health.

University of Louisville senior Luke Hancock went through warm-ups on Saturday before the season opener against the College of Charleston.

But the Final Four MVP still isn't ready to play.

Hancock said his Achilles injury "is close to 100 percent," but said he "honestly, I feel like I am about a week away." Hancock said U of L coach Rick Pitino and trainer Fred Hina are being careful with his return.

"I feel ready to play," Hancock said. "I have done everything with no pain and such, coach is just being extra cautious."

Pitino said on Friday that Hancock's injury is not as serious it may seem but he's also said he wants to "treat him like an old veteran baseball pitcher." Pitino said he would rather have a healthy Hancock at the end of the season.

Hancock said if this were a game in March he would "absolutely" be on the floor.

"I feel great," he said. "It's going to be fine."

Hancock said when he comes back it will take a little time to get back into rhythm but that he's been shooting, working out and is in "great shape."

"I don't expect to pick up right where I left off," he said. "But I also don't think it will take that long. I have been involved with everything in practice and have been doing individuals. I think when I get back, I will be ready to go."

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