The Washington Times - May 5, 2011, 12:53PM

George Mason guard Luke Hancock is considering a transfer less than a week after the CAA school hired Paul Hewitt to take over the program.

“He requested permission to explore his options and it was granted to him,” a Mason team spokesman said. “At this point, all he is doing is looking. In no way, shape or form has he decided to leave.”

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Hancock averaged 10.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 33 games as a sophomore. He made the game-winning shot in the Patriots’ NCAA tournament defeat of Villanova, then missed Mason’s round of 32 loss against Ohio State with an illness.

Hancock, like the rest of Mason’s returning players, was recruited to Fairfax by former coach Jim Larranaga and his staff. Larranaga left Mason for Miami last month and took all three of his assistants with him.

Hewitt, who was fired in March after 11 seasons at Georgia Tech, was hired Saturday as Larranaga’s replacement.

The Wilmington Star News first reported the possibility of Hancock transferring.

Patrick Stevens