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Luke Hancock, a hero in the national championship game for Louisville

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Luke Hancock, a hero in the national championship game for Louisville

Former Patriot Luke Hancock has been having one hell of a week. Last night be became one of the most memorable 6th men in national championship history. Despite how you may feel about his exit from George Mason it's hard not to proud of the kid, especially when you read stories like this. Hancock earned Final Four MVP honors after going on "a shooting spree for the ages" last night scoring 14 straight points at the end of the first half. He was also the first reserve player ever to win the award, that's pretty impressive.



So yeah, this year's AP Coach of the Year and Final Four MVP were at George Mason together in 2011. Crazy part in all this is that Jim Larranaga wasn't even that impressed when recruiting him and initially wanted to pass on him. Hancock was certainly a hero to Mason fans back in March of 2011 but he really has turned a corner with Rick Pitino. While in Fairfax he was a great glue-guy, held everything together, rarely made mistakes and would give a scoring lift when needed. His leadership qualities and work ethic definitely made Louisville a better team and I think you attribute a lot of that from what he learned while playing two years under Larranaga. 

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Anonymous Andy Minor said...

Think we would have been in the 4-5-6 seed range had Larranaga stayed? I know we were losing a lot in Cam Long but the Pearson-Hancock-Morrison combo seemed poised for greatness. And even before Coach L left we were project pre-season top 25. I guess we'll never know...

10:09 AM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

It's an interesting discussion. Some people have asked me to do a "what if coach L and Luke never left" post. With hancock the turnovers and backcourt problems probably wouldn't have been as big an issue in 2011-2012.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Ed Aymar said...

I'm going to say something and sound like an idiot, and I'm okay with that. Luke was one of the best freshmen I ever saw at MASON, but I think Holloway and Marko are almost as good. I'm standing by that. Tentatively!

10:22 AM  
Anonymous TheYeoman said...

Thanks O'Connor you egotistical d-bag!

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Rick Jank said...

Congrats to Luke! I basically watched both Final 4 games through his eyes (having no other stake in the games). Saw many of the little things that Luke always does to help the team along... the scrambling rebound, the perfect pass, etc. What's interesting is that he wasn't much of a 3 point threat when he played for us, so he clearly has worked on that part of his game. And I also remember those 3 point fake pumps which didn't work when he was with us (again because he wasn't a true threat from the 3), but he has clearly perfected that also. I think any 3 point specialist should take that as a lesson.

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Rick Jank said...

Oh, and there's this quote from Luke:

"I wasn't recruited real high out of high school," Hancock said. "I went to prep school and picked up several offers. George Mason recruited me; coach [Jim] Larranaga made me feel like I was home at George Mason. So I went there. Then I ended up needing to transfer when he left.


NEEDING to transfer? Freudian slip? Makes you wonder about what kind of advice he may have received, and from whom, when Coach L left and Hewitt was announced.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Andy Minor said...

Just someone--anyone--to handle the ball and take pressure off Pearson would have made us pretty potent. Pearson alone made us at least respectable, someone for him to play off of could have really made us into a force.

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Brandon Smith said...

I blame VCU and their crazy contract to Shaka...

11:00 AM  
Anonymous StopWearingPurple said...

That’s not idiotic at all. I would put Luke ahead of them but they have shown some real development this year. Early in the season I was not a Marco fan at all; especially when he'd try to dribble and would turn it over. Now when he comes to the scorer’s table I think, “Cool, Marco’s coming in the game.”

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Mason Mom said...

But Coach L did leave and so did Luke. Sorry to see them both leave but happy for their success. They made the tournament that much more fun to watch. Dont know what was more fun, watching them or watching me climb the GMUhoops CBS leader brackett to beat you guys. My hubby wasnt to pleased I used his account but "Hey I won" Love the site, your comments and looking forward to next year with A10 Mason basketball.

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

I'm not a fan of Marko's game at all, but I understand others are. I just can't stand his lack of defense.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous mkaufman1 said...

Believe it or not I think Hancock was probably as shoddy on defense his
freshman year as well. He just was able to cover it up and the team
didn't have as much of a whole on that end.

In essence, I think
both Marko and Holloway have high ceilings and were as confident, if not
more as Luke was his freshman year. My assumption with "high ceilings"
could be because they played much more than other freshman under L
(except for Luke), but in essence, I really look forward to both of them
growing the next few years.

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Bentley said...

Coach L is the National coach of the year; Luke is the MVP of the national champion. The Mason program is disorganized, sloppy, and showing no signs of life as it consistently looks like a 12 year old pick up basketball team. (with less discipline)

Bad day to wake up as the George Mason AD.

1:22 PM  
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4:54 AM  
Anonymous rosswill said...

The poor decsion making surrounding this team have been made glaringly visible this year. Our previous coach wins the ACC regular season, wins the ACC tournement and makes the Sweet 16 - all in his second year. One of our players who left the program because of the coaching change becomes the star of both the NCAA Final 4 and the championship game.
I don't blame VCU and their decsion to invest in their program, I blame our administration for their take the money and run attitude from our Final 4 run.

11:43 AM  

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