Luke Hancock loses father to cancer

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

Louisville's Luke Hancock lost his dad, Bill, to cancer on Monday morning.

Luke was the Final Four Most Oustanding Player, putting up a memorable two-game performance in Atlanta that was set to the backdrop of his dad's failing health. Bill died surrounded at home by family at 7:30 a.m. ET in Roanoke County, Va., on Monday, according to the AP. Bill Hancock, 70, had been battling cancer for three years.

Unfortunately for Luke, he could not be by his dad's side in his final moments. The senior-to-be has been in Colorado Springs for weeks training and going through tryouts for USA Basketball, which will play in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia in two weeks.

"We caught him in Dallas and he went on to Colorado as we had talked about and as his father wanted him to do," [Van Hancock, Luke's mom] said, calling her son's opportunity to compete for a spot on the national team a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity." She said Luke had discussed his plans with his father and family before leaving for the tryouts.

The funeral will depend on Hancock making the USA Basketball roster for the Games.

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