Anthony Mack, a 6-foot-6, 218-pound senior shooting guard at Blair Academy in New Jersey, took an official visit to Mizzou this past weekend and came away impressed with Kim Anderson’s program.
“It was great,” Mack told BlackAndGoldIllustrated.com. “I loved it. I loved everything about it.”
What were the highlights of his weekend in Columbia?
“I would say hanging with the guys on the team,” Mack said. “The guys are great guys. Then working out in the gym. I’d say those were my two main highlights.”
Mack, who previously took an official visit to Wyoming, was planning to visit Georgia this past weekend and then Missouri the following weekend but had the Georgia visit cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew.
When that visit was cancelled, the three-star shooting guard prospect had an open weekend and decided to change his plans.
“I wanted to move it up,” Mack said. “I had a good feeling about Missouri.”
Those feelings were confirmed during his time with the Tigers.
What did Anderson, the Missouri coach, say about how Mack would fit in?
“That I’d have an immediate impact,” Mack recalled. “I could help the team obviously win. I’m a piece of a puzzle that they really need, he said. He basically said he could see me coming in and making a huge impact. That was kind of the main thing.”
What does Mack consider his strengths on the court?
“I’m a scorer — that’s my main thing,” he said. “I can shoot from NBA range and I have the physical ability because I’m at 218 (pounds). So I have a college-ready body. I’m already college-ready. That was something that Coach Anderson said, that he could put me in a college practice tomorrow and I’ll be fine. I look like a college athlete already. So I’m a scorer and I can guard the one through the four.”
Mack is getting close to making a decision on his college destination.
He’s already seen Wyoming and Missouri. He’ll visit Georgia this weekend.
“I think I’m probably going to do Villanova, but I haven’t decided,” Mack said. “But I cancelled Memphis, I cancelled Saint Louis, I cancelled Florida.”
Mack is still considering Wyoming, Missouri, Georgia and Villanova.
The 2016 NCAA champion Wildcats haven’t offered yet but could soon. Villanova head coach Jay Wright personally checked out Mack on Monday and will talk to the senior shooting guard again soon.
“He was there today and I killed it,” Mack said. “Coach Wright said he would call me tomorrow.”
What Mack hears from Wright on Tuesday will give him another option to think about, but he said he will make a decision soon after the visit to Georgia.
“I’m planning on committing on whatever happens after that to whatever school,” Mack said. “So probably early next week.”
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