Louisville’s Luke Hancock was so hot during a World University Games scrimmage Saturday evening, he gave John Beilein flashbacks to the NCAA championship game.
“It looked like the game against Michigan,” USA head coach Bob McKillop told SNY.tv, referring to the national championship game in which Hancock went 5-for-5 from deep for a team-best 22 points off the bench in Louisville’s 82-76 victory.
“[Michigan coach and USA assistant] John Beilein was sitting on the bench and said it was a replay of what happened in the national championship.”
Hancock tried out for — and made — the 12-man roster after his father, William, passed away Monday of cancer at the age of 70.
“He’s had a tough week losing dad so it’s great he’s here,” Fraschilla tweeted.
Said McKillop: “He’s as crafty a player as you can find. He’s just really crafty. He understands angles. There was one stretch where he hit four straight [3's], just great shots.”
Asked about Beilein’s reaction McKillop said, “We’re on the same team now so were thrilled.”
The team departs Monday for the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.