YES, THE HEADLINE TODAY IS FROM AN OLD ADAM SANDLER SKIT. And Luke Hancock’s performance to earn Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors of the Final Four looked like something straight out of a Sandler sports movie — improbable, unbelievable.
Hancock’s fundamentals are better than Happy Gilmore’s, and he didn’t exactly begin his career as The Waterboy, but who saw this coming from the Louisville reserve from Hidden Valley? Forty-two points in two games? Huge 3 after huge 3? The starring role in an 82-76 victory over Michigan in the national title game?
It all happened.
You can see highlights of Hancock’s big night against Michigan here. The key sequence occurs around the 1-minute mark of that video, where Hancock drills four straight 3-pointers to spearhead a 14-1 Louisville run.
Here is a story with more details on Hancock’s night and his journey. Here’s a good column along the same lines. Here is video of a postgame interview with him. Here is a profile Berman did on him heading into the Final Four.
Congrats to Hancock, his family, and those in the Roanoke Valley who helped mold him into the player he’s become: the first nonstarter in the history of the NCAA tournament to be named Final Four MOP.