The Butler Bulldogs didn’t have much depth at the point guard position this past season. With Kamar Baldwin taking a more ball-dominant role and his senior season approaching—combined with other playmakers getting older—the Bulldogs needed to stock up.
On Monday night, the Bulldogs offered one of the top college prospects in their backyard, Nijel Pack (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central). Pack, a 6-foot point guard, is regarded as one of the top 2020 recruits in the state of Indiana.
Aside from Butler, he also has offers from other home-state schools such as Indiana State, IUPUI, and Ball State. Rice, Northern Kentucky, Bradley, Toledo, Miami (Ohio), and Southern Illinois.
This past season, Pack saw a huge jump in his performance on the court, continuing his growth as an all-around player. He had already shown his defensive prowess as a tenacious defender and one that could generate turnovers at a high clip, but he showed great strides in improving as a scorer, rebounder, and playmaker.
As a junior, he averaged 16.5 points, 4.1 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
Pack proved that he can be a complete floor general. He minimized his turnovers, only committing 43 of them throughout Lawrence Central’s 25-game season. He has solid handles and a certain shiftiness that makes him a fun player to watch. He’s capable of scoring from almost anywhere on the floor and has a solid floater that allows him to finish over taller opposition, or a smooth three-point stroke to make him a threat from long range. He was especially comfortable in running the floor and facilitating for his teammates, setting them up while knowing when to call his own number. Seeing his growth on the offensive end, combined with his solid defense, makes you wonder how much more he can grow and develop.
At 6-feet tall and 160 pounds, he isn’t exactly the biggest and he’ll have to put on mass, but don’t let his size fool you, this guy is capable at delivering in crucial moments or hitting the big shots.