Miami basketball gets top 5 transfer point guard Nijel Pack

Mar 9, 2022; Kansas City, MO, USA; Mandatory Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2022; Kansas City, MO, USA; Mandatory Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami basketball program received a commitment from consensus top-five transfer point guard Nijel Pack on Saturday. Pack was ranked as the second-best 2022 transfer by CBS Sports and fourth by 247 Sports. The addition of Pack was huge for the Miami basketball program after losing four players from last season.

Pack will help offset guards Kameron McGusty and Charlie Moore concluding their eligibility. Miami could also lose guard Isaiah Wong who is evaluating a decision to turn professional or return for a fourth season at Miami. ESPN ranked Pack as the top available transfer. Miami beat out Ohio State and Purdue for Pack.

Pack was attracted to the freedom that Miami head coach Jim Larranaga lets his guards play with and the Hurricanes’ NBA-style offense. Moore thrived for Miami after transferring from DePaul during the 2021 offseason. Pack hopes to help Miami build off the run to the first Elite Eight in program history.

Pack led Kansas State averaging 17.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists while making 43.6 percent of his three-point attempts last season. ESPN praised Pack for his ability to pull up off the dribble, his “lightning-quick release”, the difficulty of guarding him and his ability to shoot coming off screens.

Pack had his best games against elite opponents last season. The top-scoring performances for Pack last season were a career-high 35 points in a loss to national champion Kansas, 32 against Miami Sweet 16 opponent Iowa State and 31 against 2021 national champion Baylor. Pack gives Miami an offensive-minded point guard.

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Pack told ESPN the biggest factor in choosing Miami is the ability for him to play point guard. Kansas State frequently played Pack off the ball during the 2021-22 season. At 5’11, Pack has to prove he is a point guard to NBA scouts. Pack should help Miami improve its shooting. Miami shot 33.3 percent on three-point attempts last season.