University of Louisville forward Luke Hancock completed his participation with the USA Basketball World University Games team on Tuesday as the USA (6-2) finished ninth in the international event.
In eight games in the event, Hancock averaged 10.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and connected on 16-of-38 three-point goals (.421) while adding 17 assists and nine steals. He totaled three points, five assists and two steals as the USA beat Finland 97-70 in its final game of the event. The USA’s ninth place finish was its best possible after missing the medal round as a No. 3 seed out of Group C.
Hancock’s top effort in the Games was when produced a game-high 27 points and five rebounds while hitting 5-of-6 three-pointers as the USA fell 94-85 to Canada in the final game of the preliminary round.
Hancock received the significant honor of being chosen from among the entire USA delegation to be the official United States flag bearer for the July 6 opening ceremonies of the World University Games. The Roanoke, Va., native was selected from over 280 athletes from 18 different U.S. sports teams competing in the event. Hancock had earned a spot on the USA Basketball roster after competing with 25 other players at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
Last season in helping Louisville claim its third national title, the rising senior played in all 40 games while averaging 8.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and connecting on a team-high 63 three-pointers in 158 attempts (.399). He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 NCAA Final Four, the first non-starter to earn the honor in the event’s 75-year history. In the national championship game against Michigan, he totaled 22 points, three assists and two steals, hitting all five of his three-point attempts. He had 20 points and four rebounds against Wichita State in the national semifinals.