LARAMIE — Anthony Mack was a significant acquisition for Wyoming men’s basketball during its 2017 signing class. The guard from Blair (New Jersey) Academy had received recruiting interest from major programs including Villanova.
But Mack will leave Wyoming without ever stepping on the court. UW announced Tuesday that Mack was leaving the program for “personal reasons.”
“I would like to thank the University of Wyoming, coaches, players and staff for all of their support,” Mack tweeted Tuesday evening. “That said, I plan to move to the next phase of my collegiate career at another university.”
Mack redshirted his freshman season because of concussion-related issues. The three-star recruit had originally planned on playing his true freshman year.
“I was getting, not depressed, but more just like angry,” Mack recently told the Star-Tribune. “I was getting frustrated. I wasn’t really being my normal self, because I just kind of kept working. I’d have a good spurt, and then I’d just get set back to the first thing, and then you’ve got to sit out another week.
“So, I was getting more frustrated, and it was going to be better for me and more positive if I just sat out. And it was better for the coaches.”
Hunter Maldonado was the only member of Wyoming’s highly-touted 2017 signing class to play in the 2017-18 season, which ended with a quarterfinal loss to New Mexico at the Mountain West tournament.
Pine Bluffs graduate Hunter Thompson also redshirted because of an injury, having had ankle surgery before the season. However, Thompson had indicated he would most likely redshirt his first year, even before the injury.
“We thank Anthony for his contributions to our program over the past season, and we wish him well in the future,” head coach Allen Edwards said in a release.
Mack, a Las Vegas native, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. UW athletics said the team would have no further comment on the situation.