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Luke Hancock will transfer to Louisville

Former George Mason forward Luke Hancock announced Saturday that he intends to transfer and play basketball at the University of Louisville.

Hancock, a 6-5 junior-to-be, was the Patriots' third-leading scorer (10.9 ppg) last season, and he led the team in assists (4.3 apg). His shining moment came when he scored 18 points and hit the game-winning three-pointer in Mason's narrow victory over Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He was forced to sit out the next game against Ohio State due to food poisoning, and the Buckeyes proceeded to rump into the second weekend.

Hancock played for new U of L assistant Kevin Keatts at Hargrave Military Academy, leading to this connection.

"Going into Hargrave nobody really thought I would be anything really except for the coaches at Hargrave," Hancock said. "They gave me a chance. …I had a pretty solid first two years (at Mason) and I really owe it to him."

Hancock should immediately remind everyone of Kyle Kuric (they even wear the same number); a solid outside shooter whose explosive athleticism can come from seemingly out-of-nowhere. He's also a tremendous passer, which is a skill set Rick Pitino loves to see in his wings.

Welcome to the program, Luke.