North Carolina A&T transfer student Richaud Pack remains on the Maryland board at the moment as a fifth-year transfer student, and the 6-foot-3 guard is expected to make a decision on his next college destination soon. Terrapin Times spoke to his high school coach to find out more about Pack, the player and person.
"Richaud's a great young man," said Seaholm High School (Birmingham, Mich.) coach Jose Andrades. "When he was here Richaud was a leader, a guy who paid attention to detail. He was the type of young man who brought the team together in order to accomplish a goal. Seaholm is one of the top public schools in the state of Michigan, and he left here with a 3.7 GPA. He's not your typical jock. Richaud had his priorities straight on and off the court."
Andrades was a bit surprised when he learned of Pack's decision to leave North Carolina A&T, after starting his career at Florida International .
"For whatever reason, things didn't work out at FIU," said Andrades. "The program was not real stable at the time, and he may have made a hasty decision to go there. That's surprising, because Richaud thinks everything out. And I can guarantee you he will take his time with this decision facing him now.
"I know he's been to TCU and Maryland. I'm not sure right now if he's visiting Texas A&M or not, but I do know his family mentioned them as being in the mix. I thought LSU had shown some interest too, but I think he'll want to keep the list fairly short and get this over with when he knows for sure where he's going.
"His parents live in Atlanta now, but he still has a brother and other family members in Michigan, so playing in the Big Ten would be something that would work in Maryland's favor I would think. From what I've heard, Maryland's a very good school, and academics definitely will be a major factor in his decision."
Coach Andrades spoke briefly about Pack, the basketball player.
"Some folks have asked me if Richaud can play the point, and I told them yes, but it's not his natural position," said Andrades. "He's a natural two-guard, a reasonably athletic player, and one who plays intelligently. He takes good shots, knows how to play the game, and he's just a extremely hard worker, and someone who's all about the team.
"He didn't produce a whole lot at FIU, but he never got out of the gym. He's the proverbial gym rat, and he just kept at it and got better. I guess you could call him a late bloomer, but whoever lands Richaud is getting a very good player, and even better young man."
All signs point to a decision in the next 7-10 days, and when you take all things into consideration, Richaud Pack certainly sounds like he would be a solid pickup for the Terps, both on and off the court.
NC A&T Transfer Pack in Play for Terps
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