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Luke Hancock played his best basketball in April and was named the Final Four MOP.
Louisville's bench was not deep last season, especially when Kevin Ware was lost, but it was a nice luxury to have a shooter like Hancock and a future pro like Harrell to bring off the bench.
Hancock will likely still be the shooter/scorer off the bench, and Stephan Van Treese will now be the first big off the bench.
The advantage this year's team will have is depth in the backcourt. Ware was the only player on the bench who had the speed and athleticism to replace Siva or Smith without Louisville's defense suffering. Pitino now has backups at both guard spots with incoming freshmen Anton Gill and Terry Rozier. It's too soon to say whether Ware can be the same player.
Hancock should be much closer to the man he was in March and April. He proved that this summer playing for the U.S. team at the World University Games, where he averaged 10.8 points and made 42.1 percent of his threes.
"He has so much more confidence and is shooting the ball much better," Siva said of Hancock. "People forget that he was hurt last year coming into the season with the shoulder injury, and that's why he struggled early shooting the ball. He's pulling up on the break now and making 3s."