Summer League Magic Player Preview: Luke Hancock
The 2014 Orlando Summer League begins Saturday. We’ll be taking a look at some of the Magic’s squad invitees. The list is subject to change, but there are currently 19 men on Orlando’s roster. You already know about Victor Oladipo, Dewayne Dedmon, and last year’s second round selection Romero Osby who is back after being cut before the ’13-’14 season began and spending time in the D-League. As well as draft pick-ups Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton, and Roy Devyn Marble. We’ll peek at the rest.
Who is Luke Hancock?
The 24-year-old from Roanoke, Virginia will no doubt be one of the most talked about undrafted prospects at the Orlando Summer League. The 6′ 7″ Small Forward actually began his college career at George Mason University from 2009 to 2011 – where he had clutch moments there too – before transferring to Louisville and playing his Junior and Senior seasons for Rick Pitino’s Cardinals. Hancock was actually named team captain before he even played a minute for Louisville. That’s says a lot right there.
He only averaged 7.7 ppg in his 2012-2013 campaign as a reserve, but Hancock knew to show up when it really mattered. Luke helped Louisville win the Big East Tournament and then the NCAA Championship while claiming the Final Four Most Outstanding Player trophy in the process. He was the first bench player in the Tourney to ever win that honor. Hancock dropped 20 points in the semifinal against Wichita State. Luke is best known for scoring 12 consecutive points in the first half of the Final against Michigan, finishing with 22 points on 5-of-5 from 3-point range.
This guy has the clutch gene. You can’t teach that. It may not look pretty, but Luke’s not afraid to put the ball on the floor and punish defenders who play the 3-point line too closely. His shooting percentages fell from his junior to senior season. Part of the reason may be Hancock having to adapt to more shooting reps and dealing with defenses being more honed in on him. No one knows what to expect from Hancock when he’s on the court with a bunch of prospects starving to make it into the NBA. If he can hold his own on both ends, he’ll have several franchises interested in signing him.