George Mason sophomore Luke Hancock, who made the game-winning shot against Villanova in an NCAA tournament game in March, is exploring the possibility of transferring, Athletic Director Tom O’Connor said Thursday.
Hancock, a Roanoke native who started 30 games, has not asked to transfer but “is looking at the best options for himself and where he fits in here,” O’Connor said.
Hancock has discussed the matter with O’Connor and Paul Hewitt, the former Georgia Tech coach who on Monday was introduced as the replacement for Jim Larranaga. Larranaga and his three assistants moved to the University of Miami.
“During the process when a coach leaves, it’s an emotional time and kids start thinking about things,” O’Connor said.
Hancock, a 6-foot-5 guard-forward, was third on the team in points per game (10.9), first in assists (4.3) and fourth in rebounds (4.2). In the 61-57 victory over Villanova in Cleveland, he had 18 points and five assists and hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 21 seconds left.
On the morning of the next game, he fell ill and wasn’t able to play in the 98-66 loss to top-seeded Ohio State.
Sophomore guard Rashad Whack (20 games, 0.8 points, 1.3 rebounds) is transferring from George Mason, but he made that decision well before Larranaga’s departure.
Meantime, Hewitt visited incoming recruits Vaughn Gray and Corey Edwards on Wednesday in the New York area. Both reaffirmed their commitment to play for George Mason, O’Connor said.