Hoops Wrap-Up: Luke Hancock

Our Cardinal Authority series of stories of "Hoops Wrap-Up" continues, featuring a look at each player on the University of Louisville men's basketball team. A look back at the season and forward to the future: Our focus today is senior Luke Hancock:

Luke Hancock

6-6, Sr., Guard

Roanoke, Va.

Averages: Hancock finished third on the team this season at 12.3 points a game and also averaged 2.6 rebounds and finished with 79 assists and 36 steals. Hancock averaged 23.9 minutes a game and played in 36 with 21 starts.

Career numbers: After averaging 10.9 points as a sophomore at George Mason, Hancock sat out a season and had two fine years for the Cardinals. He finished with 766 points, 200 rebounds, 134 assists and 76 steals.

Overview: Mr. Clutch came through with a ton of big shots and hit 35 of 87 three-pointers in the final 14 games of the season. Hancock scored in all 36 games he played this season and played such a key role in the success of the Cardinals during his two-year career after coming from George Mason.

Best game: Hancock had a ton of big games and so many key shots but his mid-February 6 of 8 performance from three-point range – and a career high 25 points – was his best overall performance this season.

Quotable: "If Luke Hancock was a little better defensively, I think he would have a great pro career," Rick Pitino said. "Now, he can get better at that. You don't understand what a good athlete he is because he's so methodical with his move. Luke was a great college basketball player."

Fun stat: Hancock totaled double-digit points in 21 of the last 24 games of the season to lift his average from 9.7 to 12.3.

Bottom line: The Final Four MVP from two years ago had a sensational two seasons with the Cardinals. He helped the team win, became a team leader and was one of the top shooters in the country. Hancock meant so much to this team and will be hard to replace. He'll get a shot at professional ball, perhaps in the late second round of through free agency in the NBA?


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