Mackins, a highly-touted 6-6 junior forward, left school last week and returned to Cairo, Ill. where he played as a freshman.
Wildcat head coach Bill Chumbler said family issues precipitated the move Jan. 23.
“His parents are going through a divorce, and all three have moved to different places,” said Chumbler, who added that Mackins is living with his older brother in Cairo. The Paducah Sun reported last week that Mackins had enrolled at Cairo High School, but his playing status for the rest of this season wasn’t known.
“I hate it for Russell and wish him the best. I hate it more for our team,” said Chumbler, who got to coach Mackins for a total of 23 games over two seasons. Trigg was 19-4 in those games.
Mackins played in nine games as a sophomore, averaging 19 points and 11 rebounds before suffering a knee injury during a holiday tournament in Marion, Ill. that ended his season.
After undergoing offseason surgery, Mackins appeared to be at close to 100-percent in recent weeks, averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds before his move.
“It will affect our rotation, and of course, it will be hard to replace his rebounding,” said Chumbler. “It will be tough, but we can get through it as a team.”