Men's Basketball: Mack earns honors amid RU’s conflicts

Rutgers men’s basketball sophomore guard Myles Mack was named yesterday to the 2012-2013 All-Met Second Team presented by the National Invitation Tournament and the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association.

Mack led the Scarlet Knights with 422 total points, a .462 field goal percentage, 83 assists and 56 steals. He scored in double figures 23 times and surpassed 20 points four times.

Rutgers’ success next season relies much on whether Mack will stay with the program. Although there has been no word he will transfer, three players in the past month have decided they will move on to different schools.

Sophomore wings Malick Kone and junior Vincent Garrett and sophomore point guard Jerome Seagears declared they would transfer before former head coach Mike Rice was fired.

Rice’s departure and an athletic department currently without an athletic director leave the possibility of more transferring from Rutgers.

Rutgers suffered a five-game losing streak when sophomore guard Eli Carter fractured his right fibula Feb. 16 against DePaul, which includes that matchup.

But only one of those were double-figure losses, and Mack kept Rutgers in several of those games.

Although Carter was the Knights’ most dominant scorer when healthy, Mack was the most efficient last season.

The Paterson, N.J., native led the Big East in free throw percentage with .882 and 3-point percentage with .480. He also finished 10th in overall field goal percentage among eligible shooters.

The Knights especially need that shooting ability because of Seagears’ plan to transfer. Seagears finished second on the team last year with a .381 3-point percentage. He finished third behind Mack and Carter with 36 3-pointers.

A high-profile coaching hire like Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan could keep Mack at Rutgers, or Mack might stay regardless.

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