Among the great players which helped Georgetown win two of the Big East conference's first three titles, the contributions of forward Mike Hancock are often lost among names like John Duren, Craig Shelton, or Eric Floyd. In retrospect, Hancock was an valuable part of four NCAA tournament teams, culminating with the 1982 national finalists.
Hancock arrived at Georgetown in 1978 with only two years of high school basketball experience and played sparingly to start, seeing time in just 14 games his freshman year. When Ed Spriggs was injured in a loss to Oral Roberts midway through the 1979-80 season, John Thompson took a gamble by starting the 6-7, 180 pound Hancock in the pivot. Hancock started the next 18 games, helped lead the Hoyas to 15 straight wins en route the Eastern Regional final vs. Iowa.
Hancock's junior year was perhaps his most productive, averaging 8.7 points per game, scoring in 30 of 31 games he played. Hancock started all 37 games his senior season, averaging 47 percent from the field. He scored a career high 20 points and seven rebounds in January 1982 versus Boston College, but his statistics trailed off by season's end as freshman Patrick Ewing began to assert himself offensively. Hancock remained a strong defensive presence to a Georgetown team which held 10 straight opponents under 50 points as the Hoyas marched to the 1982 championship game.
Hancock's statistics remain notable in school history: despite playing only 17.7 minutes per game over his career, he is 65th all time in scoring with 660 points, 54th all time in rebounding with 348.