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Nijel Pack

position

Guard

Height

6-0

Weight

185 lbs.

Class

Fifth-Year Senior

Hometown

Indianapolis, Ind.

Previous School

Kansas State

High School

Lawrence Central

 

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Nijel Pack - Men's Basketball - University of Miami Athletics

Career Honors & Accolades:

  • 2023 NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Most Outstanding Player
  • 2022 Big 12 Most Improved Player
  • First Team All-Big 12 (2022)
  • Associated Press First Team All-Big 12 (2022)
  • NABC First Team All-District 8 (2022)
  • USBWA All-District VI (2022)
  • All-Big 12 Academic Rookie Team (2021)

2023-24 (Fourth-Year Junior):

  • Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List
  • Wooden Award Preseason Watch List
  • Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Preseason Watch List
  • Preseason Second Team All-ACC
  • Played and started in 25 games, missing seven due to illness/injury
  • Averaged 13.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.0 steal in 32.5 minutes per game
  • Shot 40.0 percent from the floor, 35.7 percent outside the arc and 76.5 percent at the line
  • Led Miami in assists per game (3.6) while placing second in minutes, fourth in scoring and fourth in made 3-pointers (47)
  • Finished twelfth in the ACC in assists per game (3.6)
  • Tallied his highest single-game point total as a Hurricane (28) against Kansas State (11/19/23)
  • Set a new career high in free throws made (7) vs. Georgia on 11/17/23
  • Tied his career high in rebounds (8) at Virginia Tech on 1/13/24
  • Tied his career high in assists (9) vs. NJIT on 11/6/23
  • In league-only play, finished second on Miami in points per game (13.5) and total assists (51) and third in free throw percentage (.758) and total points (202)
  • Scored in double-digits 18 times, with 15-plus on 12 occasions
  • Led or co-led Miami in assists 13 times and minutes six times
2022-23 (Third-Year Sophomore)
  • NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Most Outstanding Player
  • Naismith Trophy Preseason Watch List
  • Wooden Award Preseason Watch List 
  • ACC Player of the Week (2/6)
  • Played in 35 games, missing two due to illness/injury, and started each of them 
  • Averaged 13.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steal in 31.6 minutes per game Shot 44.1 percent from the floor, 40.4 percent outside the arc and 88.2 percent at the line 
  • Led Miami in 3-point percentage, made 3-pointers (82) and free-throw percentage, while placing third in scoring, assists and minutes 
  • Placed fifth on Miami’s single-season free-throw percentage list (min. 50 FTA), sixth in made 3-pointers and eighth in 3-point attempts (213)
  • In ACC-only play, finished second all-time at Miami in made 3-pointers (52), fourth in 3-point attempts (120) and eighth in 3-point percentage (43.3; min. 35 3PA)
  • Tied for the third-most made 3-pointers in game (seven) by a Hurricane, including matching the top total in Jim Larrañaga’s tenure and posting the highest total since Davon Reed on 2/4/17
  • Logged the second-most NCAA Tournament single-game made 3-pointers (seven), co-second-most 3-point attempts (10) and the third-best 3-point percentage (min. five 3PM; 70.0) in program history 
  • First player in program history to earn NCAA Tournament Region MOP honors 
  • In league-only play, placed second in the ACC in 3-point percentage (43.3) and co-seventh in made 3-pointers (52) 
  • One of 11 ACC players (14 occurrences) in the last 20 years to average 13.5 points and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 40.0 percent from deep on at least six 3-point attempts per game
  • Ranked second in made 3-pointers (15) and fifth in points (82) among all players in the NCAA Tournament 
  • Scored in double digits 22 times, with 15-plus on 16 occasions
  • Led or co-led Miami in scoring nine times, steals seven times, assists six times, minutes six times and blocks once 
  • Posted the most single-game made 3-pointers (seven) by a Hurricane, as well as the co-third-highest mark in steals (four) and fifth-highest total in points (26) by a Hurricane 
2021-22 (Second-Year Freshman – Kansas State)
  • Big 12 Most Improved Player
  • First Team All-Big 12
  • Associated Press First Team All-Big 12 
  • NABC First Team All-District 8 
  • USBWA All-District VI 
  • Two-time Big 12 Player of the Week (1/24 & 2/7)
  • Appeared in 29 of 31 games, missing two due to injury, and made 28 starts 
  • Averaged 17.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.0 minutes per contest 
  • Led the team in scoring, made field goals (175), field-goal percentage (min. 2 FGM per game), made 3-pointers (95), 3-point percentage, free-throw percentage (min. 1.5 FTM per game) and minutes 
  • Placed second in assists and steals, as well as third in made free throws (60), free-throw attempts (71) and rebounding
  • Ended his Kansas State career third in 3-point percentage (42.3) and No. 10 in made 3-pointers (155) 
  • Set a school record by making a 3-pointer in 34 straight games, breaking the prior mark of 25 that stood for over 30 years, after connecting in all 29 outings of 2021-22 and the last five his rookie year 
  • Third-most single-season made 3-pointers in program history, including the most since Jacob Pullen in 2009-10 and the top mark ever by a sophomore 
  • Tied for the second-highest single-game made 3-pointers total (eight) in program history, matching the top mark in Big 12 play
  • Sixth Wildcat named a First Team All-Big 12 designee and first to win Big 12 Most Improved Player
  • Eighth player in school history to win multiple Big 12 Player of the Week accolades in the same season and first since Nino Williams in 2014-15
  • Scored in double figures the final 22 games of the year, including all 18 in Big 12 play, good for the longest stretch by a Kansas State player since 2010
  • Tallied the most 30-point games in a season (three) by a Wildcat since Rodney McGruder in 2011-12
  • Posted the seventh-highest single-game point total in Big 12 play (35) in program history 
  • Led the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (fifth in NCAA) and made 3-pointers per game (3.3; No. 14 in NCAA)
  • Finished second in the Big 12 in made 3-pointers (No. 29 in NCAA), third in points per game (No. 88 in NCAA), fourth in field-goal percentage (No. 173 in NCAA), sixth in made field goals, seventh in minutes per game
  • In Big 12-only action, paced the league in made field goals (116), made 3-pointers (61) and made 3-pointers per game (3.4)
  • Ranked second in scoring (18.6) and 3-point percentage (43.3), plus fourth in both minutes per game (35.6) and field-goal percentage (45.3)
  • Logged three of the eight instances of a Big 12 player surpassing 30 points, while no other player had more than one, and tallied the co-second-highest single-game point total (35) by any player in the conference
  • Tied for the fourth-most single-game made field goals (12) by any player in the Big 12 
  • Posted a Big 12-best four outings with six-plus made 3-pointers and tied for the most makes (eight) in a game by any player in the conference
  • Tied for the third-highest single-game 3-point percentage (.800; 4-of-5) by a Big 12 player 
  • Lone DI (min. 15 GP and 1 3PM per game) player in 2021-22 and the 17th Power Six player—18th occurrence—in the last 30 years to average 17.0 points per game while shooting 44 percent from the field, Scored 30-plus points thrice, 20-plus seven times, 15-plus 20 times and 10-plus 28 times, all team bests
  • Led or co-led Kansas State in scoring a team-best 18 times, in steals nine times, in assists five times, in rebounding thrice and in blocks twice
  • Scored a career-high 35 points against seventh ranked Kansas (1/22) 
2020-21 (Freshman – Kansas State)
  • Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team
  • Started 24 of 29 games and was unavailable for the other five 
  • Led the team in scoring, assists per game, 3-point percentage and free-throw percentage, while tying for first in made 3-pointers (60) 
  • Placed second in made field goals (109), steals per game and minutes 
  • Third true freshman to lead Kansas State in scoring, alongside Marcus Foster (2013-14) and Michael Beasley (2007-08)
  • Placed top-10 all-time among Kansas State freshmen in nine categories: second in made 3-pointers, third in 3-point percentage, fifth in total assists (91), ninth in total points (305) and No. 10 each in made field goals (109), field-goal attempts (261), total steals (28), minutes (806) and starts (24)
  • Finished second in the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (No. 26 in NCAA)
  • One of three true freshmen to finish top-20 in the league in scoring, alongside Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham and TCU’s Mike Miles
  • Scored in double figures 16 times, including in 12 of his final 14 outings, 
  • Pulled down five-plus boards on 11 occasions
  • Led or co-led Kansas State in assists 12 times, in scoring 11 times and in steals four times
High School
  • Graduated from Lawrence Central High School
  • Tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals 
  • Four-year letter winner totaled 1,085 points and 266 assists in his prep career, logging a 2.55:1 assist-to-turnover ratio
  • Earned all-county and all-conference distinction as both a junior and senior
  • Led his team to a cumulative 70-26 record
  • Named to the IBCA All-State Supreme 15 and to The Indianapolis Star Indiana All-Star Team
  • Tabbed to the IBCA Underclass All-State Supreme 15 and The Indianapolis Star’s Indiana Junior All-Star Team
  • Selected to the 2019 Nike All-EYBL Breakout Team 
Personal
  • First name is pronounced NYE-Juhl, like “Nigel”
  • Born May 22, 2001, in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
  • Parents, David and Robin Pack
  • Has an older brother, Ben Spaulding, and an older sister, Anjelica Pack
  • Majoring in sport administration with a minor in marketing
  • Committed to Miami over Duke, Ohio State, Purdue and Tennessee
  • Chose Miami because of its great basketball program, its winning culture, Jim Larrañaga, the excellent education and the location