George Mason loses swingman to transfer

Sophomore guard/forward Luke Hancock has elected to transfer from George Mason University and will forego his final two seasons with the Patriots. Hancock, a two-year member of the team, plans to enroll at the University of Louisville.

Hancock appeared in 65 games during his career in Fairfax, earning All-Colonial Athletic Association third team honors this past season. The Roanoke, Va., native led the team and ranked third in the CAA in assists (143), while scoring 10.9 points per game, third-highest among the Patriots.

For his career with Mason, Hancock finished with 604 points (9.3 ppg), 248 rebounds (3.8 rpg), 239 assists, 59 steals and 24 blocks, ranking among the top-20 in career field goal percentage (.498) and free throw shooting (.764). Hancock was named to the CAA All-Rookie Team following his debut season in 2009-10.

The Patriots, under new head coach Paul Hewitt, will return three starters and nine letterwinners in 2011-12 from last year’s squad which captured the CAA regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Third Round while setting a mark for the best single-season record (27-7) in program history.

“Although we are sad to have him leave our program, we respect Luke’s decision and wish him well in the future,” Hewitt said.

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