Some sad news to report this evening. William Hancock, father of Louisville forward Luke Hancock, passed away today after a three year battle from cancer. According to ESPN, Luke unfortunately could not be there because he was attending training camp for the university world games.
Luke’s mother, Van Hancock, said that they had discussed Luke’s chance at the games and called it a “once in a lifetime opportunity” and something her husband wanted for his son.
Over the course of Louisville’s amazing run to the NCAA title, Luke and his father became a feel good story as Luke raised his game to unprecedented levels with his father in attendance. His health was waning but he was there to watch his son lead his team to a title and become the first substitute to win the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
Speaking as someone who has lost loved ones to cancer and who has others battling it now, like so many other people, I truly want to extend my greatest condolences to Luke and his family. Losing someone like a father and a husband is never easy but I hope the Hancock family can take comfort in the fact that William got to see his son in one of the happiest moments of his life. The road to recovery is hard, and his absence will always be noticed but I am confident that he was proud of his entire family and of his son.
Moments like these are a time when being part of a team sport is so amazing. I am certain his teammates will all rally around him and be at Luke’s side for the sad times to come. With the help of the Cardinals, I hope that Luke is able to find comfort in the game of basketball and has a season for the ages.