Nijel Pack will not play for Ohio State next season.
One of the top transfers in the country, the former Kansas State guard committed to Miami (FL) on Saturday, selecting the Hurricanes over Ohio State, Purdue and several other high-profile programs that were in the mix for the coveted transfer talent.
Kansas State transfer Nijel Pack has committed to Miami, he told @On3sports.— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) April 23, 2022
I chose Miami because Coach L is a great coach and he allows his guards to get up and down and play with lots of freedom.
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Pack visited Ohio State just this past week, his final stop before announcing he would commit to a new collegiate destination on Saturday, but the 6-foot guard opted not to start his next chapter in Columbus.
Columbus, Ohio— Nijel ack (@NijelPack24) April 19, 2022
An All-Big 12 selection and the conference's most improved player this past season, Pack averaged 17.4 points per game and shot 43.6 percent from 3-point range across 29 appearances in his second year with the Wildcats.
Given the high volume of guards Ohio State has lost this offseason, Pack figured to be a perfect fit for the Buckeyes, with Jamari Wheeler, Cedric Russell and Jimmy Sotos exhausting their eligibility, Meechie Johnson and Justin Ahrens entering the transfer portal and Malaki Branham declaring for the NBA draft.
Ohio State has already landed one transfer portal addition this offseason, as former Wright State guard Tanner Holden signed with the program after committing at the start of the month, but the Buckeyes are still in need of a point guard to take some pressure off of incoming true freshman Bruce Thornton in 2022-23.
As of now, Thornton – the top-rated player in Ohio State's five-man 2022 recruiting class – is the lone point guard on the Buckeye roster for next season.