Maryland signs 5th-year NC A&T guard Richaud Pack

Maryland signs 5th-year NC A&T guard Richaud Pack
May 22, 2014, 4:15 pm
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North Carolina A&T fifth-year graduate guard Richaud Pack has signed to play out his final year of college eligibility with Maryland, the school announced in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

Pack averaged 17.0 points per game last season, including shooting over 38 percent from three-point range. He played one season at A&T after playing two at Florida International. While at FIU, he once faced Maryland in College Park. 

He played eight minutes in that game and scored two points on 1-of-2 shooting. He also grabbed two rebounds.

Pack is eligible to play immediately under the NCAA's graduate transfer rule, which allows players who have received their undergraduate degree to transfer elsewhere and play without having to sit out one year as long as certain academic requirements are met.

“Maryland is a great university with an outstanding reputation for its academics and athletic facilities,” Pack said in a release. “I really believe in Coach Turgeon and I feel I can be a part of something special. I did a lot of research on the business school and I’m excited to pursue my MBA in business administration.”

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The Terrapins have been in need of a scoring guard for next season since junior-to-be Seth Allen announced his intentions to transfer to Virginia Tech. In comes Pack with the ability to shoot from the outside and add more depth to Maryland's backcourt.

He joins freshman guards Romelo Trimble and Dion Wiley, as well as senior Dez Wells in what will be the likely rotation in the backcourt. 

"Richaud is a great shooter and scorer and will fit in well with our team and system," head coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. "He will have an opportunity to further his education in business administration, a field he is very passionate about.”

Maryland still has two open scholarships that it can use for next season or beyond following the announcement of Charles Mitchell's transfer on Thursday.