Cam Mack’s brief time as a Husker has come to an end. Maybe. Probably.
The sophomore guard announced on Twitter that he is leaving for the NBA Draft, but will maintain his eligibility. This is an update from an Instagram post Mack shared Thursday in which he declared for the draft with no mention of maintaining his eligibility. That post was deleted.
Since 2016, players have been able to declare for the draft and preserve their college eligibility if they do not hire an agent. The NBA on Wednesday suspended play, though owners have said the hope is resume the games at some point. What that means for the timing of annual June draft is unclear at this time.
Mack, a transfer from Salt Lake Community College, was named an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection this week after averaging 12.0 points, 6.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 34.8 minutes per game. He was second in the Big Ten in assists per game (6.8) in conference play, but struggled as a shooter hitting 38.6% from the field, 33.9% from 3 and 56.9% from the free-throw line.
He started 25-of-28 games for the Huskers this season. Mack missed Nebraska’s game at Illinois while dealing with an illness. Fred Hoiberg suspended Mack for Nebraska’s game against Michigan on March 5 for a violation of team rules, then Nebraska announced that Mack and Dachon Burke Jr. had been suspended indefinitely ahead of Nebraska’s regular season finale at Minnesota on Sunday.
The suspension carried over to the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Burke announced he was focusing on academics for the remainder of the semester, an indication he could explore the market as a graduate transfer, while Mack returned home to Texas to deal with a personal matter according to Hoiberg.
The short-handed Huskers lost 89-64 to Indiana in what would be the second and final game of the 2020 conference tournament. The Big Ten, like essentially every other conference on Thursday, canceled the remainder of its tournament in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.