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Roanoke native Hancock named finalist for U.S. junior team

By Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Jun 27 2013 11:59:00 AM EDT
Updated On: Jun 27 2013 12:16:38 PM EDT
Roanoke native and Louisville basketball star Luke Hancock.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Roanoke native Luke Hancock is one of 16 finalists for the USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team.

Hancock’s father passed away Monday in Roanoke. Hancock led the Louisville basketball team to the national championship in April.

The U.S. junior national team will be cut down to 12 players before July 1. The 2013 World University games are from July 7 to 16 in Russia.

Hancock played in all 40 of the Cardinals’ games in the 2012-13 season. He had a team-high 63 3-pointers.

"The effort of this group was unbelievable, and it was very tough to get down," chair of the USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim wrote in a news release. "Usually, it's pretty easy to get down to 16. It was not easy with this group. It was very difficult. Guys were very, very close in a two-day tryout. Another day, and it might have been a couple of different guys in there, but you have to take the guys that played the best, and those 16 played the best.”

Davidson's Bob McKillop is coaching the junior national team, with John Beilein (Michigan) and Frank Martin (South Carolina) serving as assistant coaches.

VCU forward Treveon Graham also is a finalist for the team. Click here to see the USA Men's World University Games roster.