Louisville guard Luke Hancock begins a new chapter in his career Sunday when the No. 2 Cardinals open the season against Manhattan.
The transfer from George Mason had to watch Louisville make its exciting run to the Final Four while sitting out last season per NCAA rules. Hancock's ability to shoot the 3-pointer should help the Cardinals, but his impact won't be immediate as he continues recovering from surgery on his right shooting shoulder this spring.
He has been cleared to practice ahead of schedule and during the preseason demonstrated his ability to play on the wing. Hancock's leadership skills on and off the court haven't gone unnoticed, either; he has been named a co-captain before playing his first game for Louisville.
''It's been a long time, about a year and a half since I really prepared for a real game,'' said Hancock, who averaged 9.4 points and shot nearly 35 percent from 3-point range in two seasons with the Patriots.