When Cam Mack announced he was declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft a couple of weeks ago, he left the door open for a return to college. On Thursday, he made it clear that if he does withdraw from the draft, he won’t be playing at Nebraska next season.
Mack shared on Twitter that he is entering the NCAA Transfer Portal.
Mack’s had an eventual first few years of college basketball. He enrolled at Stephen F. Austin in 2017-18 but left before playing a game and transferred to Salt Lake Community College where he had a standout freshman season in 2018-19.
Mack signed with St. John’s, but after Matt Abdelmassih left Chris Mullin’s coaching staff to join Fred Hoiberg in Lincoln, Mack asked for and was granted his release. Mullen resigned soon after and Mack ended up following Abdelmassih to Nebraska.
He started 25 of his 28 games as a sophomore, averaging 12.0 points, 6.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 34.8 minutes per game. He shot 38.6% from the field, 33.9% from 3 and 56.9% from the free-throw line. He recorded the first regular season triple-double in program history with 12 assists, 11 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Purdue at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Dec. 15. He had four double-doubles as well and was second in the Big Ten in assists during conference play.
Mack was late to team functions multiple times, breaking a Hoiberg team rule, and came off the bench in the following games. He was sent home from Nebraska’s final road trip ahead of the team’s regular season finale at Minnesota for breaking curfew along with Dachon Burke Jr. and was suspended indefinitely. He missed the team’s season-ending loss to Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament as well.
Mack’s official departure isn’t a surprise. Hoiberg and his staff had already gone to the grad transfer market to find another point guard for next season in Western Illinois transfer Kobe Webster.
With Mack off the books along with the departures of Burke and Jervay Green, Nebraska has two open scholarships ti use for 2020-21.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.