Louisville Basketball: 3 Reasons Why Luke Hancock Needs to Just Keep Shooting

Jon Hancock@@JonKYSportscoSenior Analyst INovember 17, 2012

Louisville Basketball: 3 Reasons Why Luke Hancock Needs to Just Keep Shooting

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    Louisville forward Luke Hancock is in a shooting slump-but there is three reasons why he should keep shooting.

    Luke Hancock had some high expectations by Louisville fans who have spent the past year listening to coach Rick Pitino talk about how good he is.

    In the Cardinal's first two games Hancock has not met those expectations.

    The George Mason transfer and now team co-captain has only made four of his 22 shots in Louisville's games against Manhattan and Samford.

    In Louisville's game against Samford all 22,000 fans in the KFC Yum! Center went silent every time Hancock shot the ball and groaned loudly on each of his misses.

    The question is should he keep shooting or should he focus on the other parts of his game.

    Let's take a look at some reason I believe he should keep shooting.

Hancock Has the Skills

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    As a senior in high school at Hargrave Military Academy, Luke Hancock became known as a very good shooter.

    ESPN.com said of Hancock after scouting him in High School, "Hancock has a very reliable shot from the perimeter and will connect on jumpers from well beyond 3-point range."

    In his last year at George Mason, Hancock became famous after draining a game winning three in the second-round of the NCAA tournament against Villanova.

    Louisville fans must realize that the 6'6" forward had to sit out last year and is still getting used to playing in front of a stadium of fans.

    He is also coming off a major shoulder surgery earlier this year and isn't completely 100 percent.

    Hancock told C. L. Brown of the Courier Journal:

    I know I can shoot, I shoot the ball well every single day,. I just have to get used to playing here again. It’s been a long time since I’ve been out in that fast-paced environment and it’s going to take me a little time to get back. I didn’t shoot the ball well.

Coach Rick Pitino and Louisville Players Have Confidence in Hancock

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    Louisville head coach Rick Pitino know what Luke Hancock can do and has plenty of confidence that this shooting slump will end.

    Pitino said after the Samford game via GoCards.com that Hancock needs to, “just keep shooting.”

    Hancock's teammates know what he can do and also know it may take sometime for him to step into his shooting role.

    Senior Peyton Siva told Mark Blankenbaker of CardsandCats.com, “He is going to knock down shots. He is a knock-down shooter. He is coming off a shoulder injury and gets rehab everyday. He needs to just keep shooting.”

    If his teammates and coach who see him in practice everyday believe in him, there is no reason for anyone to doubt him.

Louisville Needs a Shooter

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    If there is one thing that Louisville has shown so far this season it is that they desperately need a shooter.

    The Cardinals have plenty of talent underneath and are very skilled on the defensive end, but no one has stood out as a very good shooter.

    Last year the Cardinals relied heavily upon senior Kyle Kuric, who was a key tool to Louisville's deep run in the NCAA tournament.

    Kuric made two three-point field goals a game and made five three's in a game on three different occasions. 

    Louisville was hoping Mike Marra would take the baton from Kuric until he went down with a career-ending ACL injury in a preseason practice.

    It may take some time, but if Hancock has the skills and the confidence of his team to become Louisville's three-point shooter, then it is just a matter of time before he breaks out of his slump.

    So Luke keep shooting and Cardinal fans be patient.