Nebraska will have to prepare for next season without their starting point guard and leading assist-man. Cam Mack announced via his Twitter that he will be entering the 2020 NBA Draft, whenever that may take place. He will be retaining his eligibility throughout the pre-draft process, allowing him to return to college basketball if he so chooses.
IVE WORKED MY WHOLE LIFE FOR THIS MOMENT ITS FINALLY HERE I WILL BE DECLARING FOR THE NBA DRAFT AND THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS I WILL BE KEEPING MY ELIGIBILITY.. #3✌ pic.twitter.com/sQDfKZ5OjL— Cam Mack (@Camiscute2) March 13, 2020
Mack was impressive on the court in his only season at Nebraska after transferring in from Salt Lake Community College. He was the Cornhuskers’ third-leading scorer, averaging 12 points per game, while still distributing 6.4 assists per game which was third in the Big Ten behind only Cassius Winston and Marcus Carr. Mack’s decision to enter the draft is not entirely surprising due to his off-the-court struggles this year. He was suspended twice for violations of team rules.
The recently-adopted NCAA rules allow players to hire an approved agent to guide the player through the draft process and still retain eligibility. Also, if the player participates in the NBA Draft Combine, which typically takes place in the last week of May, but proceeds to go undrafted, the player has the option of returning to school. Given how the NBA schedule has been turned on its head due to coronavirus, it’s unknown how this rule will be treated or if an NBA Draft Combine will even be held this year.
It appears as though Fred Hoiberg is operating under the assumption that Mack will not return to the program as he has been very active in the transfer market this offseason. Kobe King (Wisconsin) and Kobe Webster (Western Illinois) will be in Lincoln next season, both being welcome additions to the Nebraska backcourt. Webster will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer and King will most likely have to wait until 2021 to suit up unless he receives a waiver from the NCAA.