For weeks, Rick Pitino said the Cards would be looking into taking a transfer or two before this upcoming season. On Friday, we figured out who at least one of them is. It was announced on Saturday former George Mason forward Luke Hancock will be heading to town to play for UofL. Hancock is a 6-5 wing who averaged 10.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists (team leader) for the Patriots. He shot 49% from the floor, including 35% from deep and 81% at the foul line.
By rule, he must sit out the 2011-12 season, but will have two years of eligibility remaining.
There has already been a lot of debate by some of my fellow Louisville fans regarding Hancock. I’m not sure whether it’s because they are skeptical about Hancock’s game or just disappointed because he wasn’t a former five-star recruit, but I have heard more than a few people complaining about this news and some are going so far as to cite this as more ammunition in their Pitino is done crusade. That’s patently absurd to me, but we can agree to disagree on that.
Personally, I am fine with taking Luke Hancock.
Rick Pitino has a pretty good track record with transfers. Chris Smith did quite well last year and in previous years, guys like David Padgett and Alhaji Mohammed didn’t do so bad after transferring. Hancock will not be able to play until the 2012-13 season, but when he does get on the floor, the Cards will have an experienced wing from a winning program. And as far as Hancock’s talent is concerned, is he a former top 20 recruit? No, but he averaged 10.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists as a SOPHOMORE. I don’t care what league you play in, if you put up those kind of numbers you have ability.
In my opinion, this kid can play and will be a solid contributor. The Cards lose Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith after next season and being able to immediately fill a wing spot with a guy like Hancock is not a bad thing to me. We won’t know for sure how this turns out until three years from now, but at this time, I am just fine with it.