Pack selected the Hurricanes over Ohio State and Purdue, all of which he visited in latest weeks.
“The approach Coach L [Jim Larranaga] permits his gamers to play with freedom and stand up and down the ground with an NBA-style offense, I really feel like I can thrive in his program, ” Pack mentioned. “Miami felt like residence for me and my household, and I look ahead to constructing off final yr’s Elite Eight run.”
A 6-foot level guard from Indianapolis, Pack was the highest switch remaining within the portal, in accordance to ESPN’s switch rankings.
Pack left Kansas State a few weeks after Bruce Weber stepped down because the Wildcats’ head coach and was changed by longtime Baylor assistant Jerome Tang.
“For me the most important think about deciding on a college was the power to play on the ball and present NBA groups I’m a real level guard,” Pack mentioned. “I needed to get a chance the place I’m enjoying my pure place nearly all of the time.”
He led Kansas State in scoring final season, averaging 17.4 factors, 3.8 rebounds and a pair of.2 assists, whereas taking pictures 43.6% from 3-point vary. He scored 30-plus factors on three events, together with a 35-point effort in opposition to Kansas in January.
Pack earned All-Big 12 honors and was named Most Improved Player within the league after main the league in 3-point proportion and 3-pointers per sport.
His means to pull up off the dribble nearly instantly upon crossing half-court with a lightning-quick launch made him one of the crucial tough gamers to guard within the Big 12. He’s additionally a frightening drive coming off screens.
“Nijel is an amazing addition to our staff,” Larranaga mentioned. “He is actually one of many best gamers within the nation, in addition to a wonderful younger man with an elite work ethic who loves basketball. Nijel is just not solely a high-level scorer with elite taking pictures skills but in addition an outstanding playmaker and defender. We’re thrilled to welcome Nijel and his household into the Miami basketball program.”
Miami is coming off its greatest season in program historical past, profitable 26 video games and making the Elite Eight as a 10-seed with wins over USC, Auburn and Iowa State. The staff performed a novel model with 5 shooters on the ground for lengthy stretches and no true huge man, which proved a tough matchup for opponents all season. The Hurricanes’ high scorer, Kam McGusty, and start line guard, Charlie Moore, are each out of faculty eligibility, and second-leading scorer Isaiah Wong is testing the NBA draft waters, offering important alternative for Pack to step into.
Larranaga has had appreciable success with smaller level guards in Pack’s mould, serving to 5-11 Shane Larkin grow to be the No. 18 choose within the NBA draft, seeing 5-11 Angel Rodriguez grow to be an All-ACC participant after additionally transferring from Kansas State and taking this system to new heights underneath Moore, who additionally stands 5-11. Pack says he is hoping to grow to be the following in a line of undersized guards to have success in South Florida.
“Charlie Moore and Shane Larkin are nice examples of what Coach L has been in a position to obtain with guards like myself,” he mentioned.
Pack entered his title within the 2022 NBA draft and says he’ll proceed to discover his NBA choices whereas sustaining his faculty eligibility.