Richaud Pack, Senior, Guard, No. 20
Weight: 190 lbs
2013-2014 Collegiate Stats: North Carolina A&T -17 ppg (44.1%), 1.6 apg, 4.6 rpg
Recruiting rankings: 2-stars, 119th shooting guard, signed with Florida International
Who Maryland beat: Transferred from FIU to NC A&T, then picked Maryland over TCU
High School: Seaholm High School, MI
Hometown: Detroit, MI
How'd He Get to College Park?
As a lightly recruited shooting guard out of Detroit, Pack started his collegiate career at Florida International in 2010. After playing just 39 games in two years, averaging a little over 8 minutes per game, he transferred to North Carolina A&T. He thrived as an Aggie, developing into one of the most efficient offensive players in the country.
After graduating from NC A&T in May of 2014 and with one year of NCAA eligibility remaining, Pack decided to finish his career at a higher level. As an excellent student with aspirations in business, he decided between two universities with good business schools - Maryland and TCU.
Pack scored 30 points twice last season, but putting up 19 against Georgia Tech is probably his best accomplishment. Looking through the game logs, I do love his line from a matchup with Howard on 2/3/14 where he went 0/7 from the floor but hit 15 free throws (out of 17). That's crazy. He had nine games last year where he made 10 or more FTs.
He wins B1G 6th Man of the Year, coming off the bench to backup Melo Trimble and Dez Wells, and being part of the crunch time lineup at the end of games.
Pack ate up a very weak MEAC conference on a very bad NC A&T team last year after doing largely nothing in his first two years of college basketball. Coming to the B1G will be a major step up to the talent level he's been playing against during his entire basketball career. This is all unquestionably true and important to remember.
That said, Pack is by all accounts an extremely hard worker, smart player and good leader. As one of the most experienced members of the Terps team, and with a fairly thin and inexperienced backcourt, he'll have to play major, important minutes. If he's able to translate the effectiveness that he showed at NC A&T, he'll be one of the better bench players in the conference. If he's a consistent, steady guard off the bench, who knows his role and mentors younger players like Dion Wiley, Melo Trimble and Jared Nickens, it'll be a major boon for the team.
I expect him to play 23-28 minutes a game, score 7-9 points per game and, like mentioned above, end up in the crunch time lineup when Maryland needs to be able to hit free throws and play smart basketball.
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