Former Patriot Luke Hancock has been having one hell of a week. Last night be became one of the most memorable 6th men in national championship history. Despite how you may feel about his exit from George Mason it’s hard not to proud of the kid, especially when you read stories like this. Hancock earned Final Four MVP honors after going on “a shooting spree for the ages” last night scoring 14 straight points at the end of the first half. He was also the first reserve player ever to win the award, that’s pretty impressive.
So yeah, this year’s AP Coach of the Year and Final Four MVP were at George Mason together in 2011. Crazy part in all this is that Jim Larranaga wasn’t even that impressed when recruiting him and initially wanted to pass on him. Hancock was certainly a hero to Mason fans back in March of 2011 but he really has turned a corner with Rick Pitino. While in Fairfax he was a great glue-guy, held everything together, rarely made mistakes and would give a scoring lift when needed. His leadership qualities and work ethic definitely made Louisville a better team and I think you attribute a lot of that from what he learned while playing two years under Larranaga.