Luke Hancock Busy in Roanoke Before USA World University Games Tryout

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Hancock was a popular guest among nearly 100 basketball campers at Hidden Valley High School. The Final-4 Most Outstanding Player obliged autograph requests on everything from shirts and shoes to a section of basketball hardwood floor.

Luke Hancock, named the NCAA Final-4 Most Outstanding Player after his performance that led Louisville to the 2013 national championship in April, has been back in Roanoke since mid-May in what has been a busy four weeks for the Cardinal standout.

Hancock was a popular guest among nearly 100 basketball campers at Hidden Valley High School. The Final-4 Most Outstanding Player obliged autograph requests on everything from shirts and shoes to a section of basketball hardwood floor.
Hancock was a popular guest among nearly 100 basketball campers at Hidden Valley High School. The Final-4 Most Outstanding Player obliged autograph requests on everything from shirts and shoes to a section of basketball hardwood floor.

Hancock has been quite the star after his Final-4 performance that included 42 points, 8-of-10 field goals from 3-point range, 11-of-15 shooting from the field and 12-of-17 free throws, as well as four steals and five assists in Louisville’s two come-from-behind victories over Wichita State and Michigan.

The former Hidden Valley High School graduate received a proclamation from the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, has been a special guest at the Hidden Valley basketball camp where he signed autographs and talked to the nearly 100 campers, and has appeared with Gene Marrano on cable television’s ‘The Interview’.

Hancock also appeared on popular sports radio talk show ‘Greg Roberts Live’ on WFIR-960 and threw out the first pitch at a Salem Red Sox game last Friday night.

Monday night, the Roanoke Valley Sports Club held a special ‘Luke Hancock Night’ at Roanoke Country Club where Hancock spoke to the club members and guests about how he rose through the ranks from Hidden Valley, Hargrave and George Mason before an unusual twist of fate landed him at Louisville.

After a brief trip back to Louisville this weekend, Hancock will travel to Colorado where he has been invited to attendĀ  the USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team training camp June 24-30th.
He will be a rising senior, with another year of eligibility for Louisville and head coach Rick Pitino, this fall.

by Bill Turner