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Nebraska men's hoops practice, 7.23

Nebraska sophomore guard Cam Mack reacts to a three-pointer made during drills in July at the Hendricks Training Complex.

Cam Mack's debut for the Nebraska men's basketball team will have to wait until this fall.

The juco transfer point guard announced on Twitter Tuesday evening he wouldn't be traveling with the team to Italy as he recovers from an undisclosed condition that landed him in the hospital for a couple of days.

It's a tough break for Mack, who found out just Monday that he had passed his final class at Salt Lake Community College to finally become academically eligible to play at Nebraska.

Mack was forced to watch from the sidelines as the Huskers went through their 10 practices leading up to their overseas trip. The team will fly to Italy on Saturday.

Mack figures to be a key player in Nebraska's plans for the upcoming season after averaging 19 points, 5.9 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game at SLCC, finishing his lone season of junior college ball as the No. 3-ranked junior college prospect in the nation.

Nebraska is scheduled to play four games in Italy as well as take in the country's sights. The team will fly back to Nebraska on Aug. 13. Division I teams can begin official practice for the 2019-20 season on Sept. 24.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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