The University of Louisville men's basketball team is sending another player overseas this summer to compete for USA Basketball.
On Saturday, rising senior Luke Hancock was named to the final 12-man roster for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team, it was announced from Colorado Springs, Colo. Louisville teammate Montrezl Harrell was named to USA Men's U-19 World Championship Team nearly two weeks ago, making Louisville the only school to have at least one participant on the World University Games Team and the U-19 World Championship Team.
Hancock initially was one of 26 players invited to compete for a roster spot at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Training camp continues through Sunday, June 30, and the team departs for Russia on Monday, July 1. The men's basketball portion of the 2013 World University Games runs from July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia
The Roanoke, Va., native played in all 40 games in 2012-13 and was instrumental in Louisville's third NCAA national title. For the season, Hancock knocked down a team-best 63 3-pointers and totaled 40 steals. In the national championship victory over Michigan, the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player totaled 22 points and two steals, going 5-of-5 from beyond the arc.
"Clearly versatility, we have guys that can play more than one position, that's one of the great strengths we have," USA and Davidson head coach Bob McKillop said. "I think we shoot the ball particularly well from a number of positions, and we've got guys who want to be teammates. Those two things, to me, are the biggest advantages that we have, or the biggest strengths for our team."
Along with McKillop, the U.S. coaching staff consists of Michigan's John Beilein and South Carolina's Frank Martin, each of whom are serving as assistants.
After reaching Russia, the U.S. will practice from July 3-6 in Kazan, including scrimmages on July 4 against Russian basketball club UNICS and on July 5 against the Russia World University Games Team, before beginning World University Games play on July 7.
The U.S. team has drawn preliminary round Group C, along with Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and United Arab Emirates. Playing in Group A are Estonia, Germany, Oman, Russia, Ukraine, and South Korea. Playing in Group B are Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, Romania, and Serbia. Group D consists of Brazil, Chile, China, Finland, Lithuania, and Norway.
McKillop's squad will take on UAE at 10:30 a.m. ET (all times listed are Eastern) on July 7. The next day, the U.S. faces Czech Republic at 5 a.m. on July 8; and Sweden at 1 p.m. on July 10; Australia at 10:30 a.m. on July 11; and Canada at 5 a.m. on July 12.
Following the preliminary round, the top two teams in each of the four pools will advance to the medal quarterfinals on July 14 to compete for places 1-8. The remaining teams will play out for places ninth to 24th. The semifinals are scheduled for July 15, and the finals will be contested on July 16.
The players were selected by the 2013-16 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee. Chaired by Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), the committee includes NCAA appointees McKillop, Matt Painter (Purdue University) and Lorenzo Romar (University of Washington), as well as athlete representative Curtis Sumpter, a member of the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team and the 2004 USA U-20 National Team.