Forward, Small forward
2014 / Undrafted
507,336 USD (2015)
| 200 lb (91 kg)|
6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
| January 30, 1990 (age 25)
Roanoke, Virginia (1990-01-30) |
Hidden Valley (Roanoke, Virginia)
George Mason (2009–2011)
William Hancock, Venicia Hancock
Melissa Hancock, Stephen Hancock, Matt Hancock, Robert Hancock, Will Hancock
Russ Smith, Peyton Siva, Chane Behanan, Kevin Ware, Rick Pitino
Patrick Lucas "Luke" Hancock (born January 30, 1990) is an American former professional basketball player and current financial adviser. He played in six games for Panionios of the Greek Basket League before tearing a muscle in his calf, ending his career. He played college basketball for the University of Louisville after transferring from George Mason University. While at Louisville, he won the 2013 NCAA championship and was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, becoming the first substitute to ever win the award.
Hancock was born to William and Venicia Hancock, and he has four brothers and one sister. Hancock attended Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke, Virginia, where he did not receive notice from college programs. He then went to Hargrave Military Academy for one year. As a high school basketball player, he was named All-State.
Hancock was recruited to attend George Mason University by George Mason Patriots men's basketball coach Jim Larrañaga. He played for George Mason in his freshman and sophomore years. While at George Mason, he averaged 7.7 points per game as a freshman and 10.9 points as a sophomore. In his second season, he was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association third team. Larrañaga accepted the head coaching job at the University of Miami after the 2010–11 season, taking his entire coaching staff with him and leading Hancock to transfer. Hancock transferred to the University of Louisville, which had hired his former Hargrave coach Kevin Keatts as an assistant, and did not play in 2011–12 after transferring.
Hancock was named the captain of the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team before appearing in a game for the Cardinals. Hancock averaged 7.7 points per game playing for Louisville in 2012–13. In the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, he was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. He scored 20 points in the national semifinals against the Wichita State Shockers. In the title game against the Michigan Wolverines, the Cardinals trailed by 12 points late in the first half before Hancock scored 14 straight points for the team to cut the deficit to one by halftime. He finished the game five-for-five on three-point shooting, and Louisville won, 82–76. He became the first reserve player in tournament history to be named the MOP.
After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Hancock joined the Orlando Magic for the Orlando Summer League and the Houston Rockets for the Las Vegas Summer League. On September 25, 2014, he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. However, he was later waived by the Grizzlies on October 13, 2014.
On November 4, 2014, Hancock signed with Panionios of the Greek Basket League. He played in six games before tearing a muscle in his calf. The injury made him realize he needed to prepare for life after basketball, so he retired from the sport, studied to become a financial adviser, and eventually began working in Louisville, Kentucky for Lamkin Wealth Management.
Hancock has continued his community involvement in Louisville, most notably with the nonprofit group Families for Effective Autism Treatment of Louisville (FEAT). He first became involved with the organization in 2014 while still attending Louisville; after returning from his brief professional career in Greece, he started organizing basketball camps for children on the autism spectrum, which he has continued to do ever since. As of July 2017, Hancock serves on FEAT's board of directors.
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