Mack’s strong Rutgers career approaches its end in March, but not before he makes one final push to turn things around for his Scarlet Knights.
“It’s not really something you think about,” Mack said on his 100th career start. “I just came here to play, and I’ve been playing hard since I got here. I guess I’m surprised by the moment because it’s just something I’m hearing now. It’s a cool feeling.”
One-hundred career starts is one of many milestones Mack approaches in his final games.
With at least eight games left in his Rutgers career, Mack sits second in career steals, fourth in assists, fourth in threes, eighth in free throws and ninth in points.
Mack could pass star Quincy Douby and push into the top five with 113 more points this season. He also sits fourth behind Geoff Billet in both three-pointers and assists.
“I didn’t know 100 starts was that special, but now that I hear it, it seems kind of amazing,” Mack said. “It’s not a challenge with the minutes. I’ve been playing a lot since I started playing basketball, and I’m in great shape. The playing time isn’t affecting me that much.”
Then there are coach Eddie Jordan’s milestone numbers from his times as “Fast Eddie.” Mack surpasses Jordan with 56 more points and becomes the school’s all-time leader in steals if he can pilfer 25 more balls.
“He’s a real solid player,” Jordan said on Mack. “He’s a good kid. He’s a kid that we all cherish. He does things the right way, and I’m happy for him”.
Mack, a three-year captain, leads Rutgers in scoring (14.5), steals (1.7), assists (4.5) and minutes (36.1).
The 5-foot-10 Mack is also tied for third in rebounding with 4.6 per game alongside center Greg Lewis.
“He’s been a great teammate for me, and he’s showed me a lot since I came here,” said junior Bishop Daniels, who transferred in this summer. “He deserves all of the attention he’s getting and everything.”