Luke Hancock To Transfer From George Mason To Louisville, According To Report

George Mason forward Luke Hancock, the team's third-leading scorer and leading assist man last season, will transfer to Louisville, according to a report.

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Luke Hancock To Transfer To Louisville From George Mason, According To Report

Luke Hancock, one of the mainstays on George Mason basketball's first-place CAA team last season, has decided to transfer to Louisville, according to a report by Rick Bozich of the Louisville Journal-Constitution. Hancock had considered many schools, including Michigan and Virginia, but evidently has chosen Rick Pitino's squad as his new home.

Hancock was George Mason's third-leading scorer and leading assist man last season, and his absence due to food poisoning is a big reason George Mason was blown out by Ohio State in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Hancock considered a transfer once Jim Larranaga left to coach Miami, and has followed through on his initial thought despite George Mason hiring Paul Hewitt as its next head coach.

Hancock's loss throws a major dent in George Mason's hopes next season. Prior to Hancock's departure, the Patriots stood to lose only one key player (Cam Long) from last year's squad that won the CAA regular season title. Now, Hewitt will have to replace another key player, one whose idiosyncratic game was a huge key in creating matchup problems.

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Luke Hancock Says '15-20' Schools Have Asked About Reported Transfer From George Mason Basketball

George Mason basketball forward Luke Hancock has finally spoken publicly about his long-reported interest in transferring. In an interview with Doug Doughty of the Roanoke Times, Hancock said that "15-20" head coaches, including Seth Greenberg at Virginia Tech and Tony Bennett at Virginia, have inquired about him.

Hancock added that he has yet to make up his mind about transferring, saying he will decide after the exam period.

"I don't have a list. It's a lot with exams right now, but I'm handling it. I don't really have a time frame, but my exams and the dead period [for recruiting] have given me some extra time."    

George Mason has honored Hancock's request to explore his options for a transfer, so long as he does not go to Miami, where Jim Larranaga now coaches, or any other Colonial Athletic Association school. SB Nation previously reportedthat Michigan was one of the schools that had inquired about Hancock.

Hancock was third on the Patriots in scoring and first in assists as a sophomore last season.

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Luke Hancock Still Deciding Whether To Transfer From George Mason Basketball, According To Report

Luke Hancock is still weighing his options and could transfer from George Mason basketball, according to a report by Steven Goff of the Washington Post. Hancock, who was rumored to be transferring last week, has spoken to new coach Paul Hewitt several times as he is making up his mind, George Mason athletic director Tom O'Connor told Goff.

Hancock, a 6-foot-5 swingman who led the team in assists and was third in scoring, "is a mature kid and he's handling it in a mature way," O'Connor said. There is no timetable on a decision, he added.   

Sources told SB Nation that Hancock is considering trying to transfer to Michigan as well as Virginia, the latter of which had previously been reported. Hancock was the Patriots' third-leading scorer and leading assist man last season as they won the CAA regular-season championship, and his absence due to food poisoning was a key reason the Patriots got routed by Ohio State in the Round of 32 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

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Luke Hancock Receives Permission To Look To Other Schools, But Hasn't Transferred Yet

George Mason basketball forward Luke Hancock, the team's third-leading scorer and leading assist man last season, has received permission to look to transfer, according to the school. He has not yet decided whether he is indeed leaving, but the signs are strong that he will. 

Via Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times:

Mason spokesman on Luke Hancock: "He requested permission to explore his options and it was granted to him. "At this point, all he is doing is looking. In no way shape or form has he decided to leave."

On the surface, that should comfort George Mason fans a little bit. However, Brian Mull of the Star News, who initially reported Hancock's desire to transfer, says Hancock is weary of new coach Paul Hewitt's system.

I've spoken to multiple people in last two days who have told me Hancock wants out. Doesn't feel he fits in new system.    

Mull reports that Hancock is looking at high-major programs, with Virginia leading the list.

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Luke Hancock To Transfer From George Mason Basketball, According To Report

When Paul Hewitt replaced Jim Larranaga as the head coach for George Mason, one silver lining to the move was that the Patriots, with only one significant graduation in Cam Long, were going to be very good next year. However, that could take a hit now. Luke Hancock, the team's third-leading scorer and leading assist producer last season, is expected to transfer, according to Brian Mull of the Star News.

George Mason guard Luke Hancock is expected to transfer. #caahoops

It's not clear to where Hancock would transfer, but if true, this is a huge blow to George Mason. Hancock missed the team's Round of 32 NCAA Tournament game against Ohio State with food poisoning, and that played a major role in George Mason's blowout loss to Ohio State. His size and passing ability makes George Mason a difficult matchup for anyone. If he is indeed transferring, it robs George Mason of both his talent and his ability to create mismatches.

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