Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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.
Hancock drained “seven or eight” 3-pointers, according to ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla, who was in attendance.
“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.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
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