Luke Hancock

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Luke Hancock
Luke Hancock at the White House in 2013.jpg
Hancock at the White House in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1990-01-30) January 30, 1990 (age 29)
Roanoke, Virginia
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolHidden Valley (Roanoke, Virginia)
NBA draft2014 / Undrafted
PositionSmall forward
Career history
Career highlights and awards
*Later vacated

Patrick Lucas "Luke" Hancock (born January 30, 1990)[1] 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 (a title which was later stripped from the university) and was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, becoming the first substitute to ever win the award (later vacated). On September 30, 2019 the NCAA reinstated Luke Hancock’s MOP status (without an *) in his individual capacity; this decision did not, however, change the status of the vacated 2013 Louisville Cardinals Division I Championship.

Early life[edit]

Hancock was born to William and Venicia Hancock, and he has four brothers and one sister.[2] Hancock attended Hidden Valley High School in Roanoke, Virginia, where he did not receive notice from college programs,[3] he then went to Hargrave Military Academy for one year.[3][4] As a high school basketball player, he was named All-State.[4]

College career[edit]

Hancock was recruited to attend George Mason University by George Mason Patriots men's basketball coach Jim Larrañaga,[4] he played for George Mason in his freshman and sophomore years.[5] 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.[6] Hancock transferred to the University of Louisville, which had hired his former Hargrave coach Kevin Keatts as an assistant,[6] and did not play in 2011–12 after transferring.[2][4]

Hancock was named the captain of the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team before appearing in a game for the Cardinals.[7] Hancock averaged 7.7 points per game playing for Louisville in 2012–13.[8] In the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, he was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player,[9] 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.[10]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Hancock joined the Orlando Magic for the Orlando Summer League[11] and the Houston Rockets for the Las Vegas Summer League.[12] On September 25, 2014, he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.[13] However, he was later waived by the Grizzlies on October 13, 2014.[14]

On November 4, 2014, Hancock signed with Panionios of the Greek Basket League,[15] he played in six games before tearing a muscle in his calf.[16] 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.[16]

After basketball[edit]

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.

Hancock is engaged to Kaelyn Gault and set to wed in October, 2019. [17]


  1. ^ "Luke Hancock". George Mason University Sports Information. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Luke Hancock". University of Louisville Sports Information. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Luke Hancock, not Kevin Ware, was most touching story from Final Four | CollegeBasketballTalk". Retrieved 2013-04-09.
  4. ^ a b c d Prewitt, Alex (2013-04-05). "In his first season at Louisville, Luke Hancock has had a big impact on Cardinals – Washington Post". Retrieved 2013-04-09.
  5. ^ Prisbell, Eric (April 8, 2013). "Louisville's Luke Hancock named most outstanding player". Retrieved 2013-04-09.
  6. ^ a b Forde, Pat (April 7, 2013). "Louisville's Luke Hancock gives his ailing dad a moment to treasure at Final Four". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Norlander, Matt (2008-06-11). "Luke Hancock: Bench man becomes the best man and wins it for dad". Retrieved 2013-04-09.
  8. ^ "Luke Hancock". Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  9. ^ PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer. "Louisville Beats Michigan 82–76 for NCAA Title – ABC News". Retrieved 2013-04-09.
  10. ^ "Luke Hancock named Final Four MOP". April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2013.
  11. ^ "Orlando Magic Announce Roster for Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  12. ^ Rutherford, Mike (June 30, 2014). "Luke Hancock Lands Two Summer League Roster Spots". SB Nation. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  13. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies announce 2014 Training Camp roster". Memphis Grizzlies.
  14. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies waive Luke Hancock". Memphis Grizzlies.
  15. ^ "Panionios signs 2013 NCAA champion Luke Hancock". Sportando. 4 November 2014.
  16. ^ a b Aretakis, Rachel (March 31, 2015). "Luke Hancock enters Louisville business world". Louisville Business First. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  17. ^ Lerner, Danielle (July 15, 2017). "Former Louisville star Luke Hancock puts spotlight on autism with basketball clinic". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved July 17, 2017.

NCAA vacation

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