Kansas State guard Nijel Pack, who grew into an All-Big 12 First Team player last season, declared for the 2022 NBA Draft on Tuesday.
Pack is the first Kansas State player to put his name in for the NBA Draft since the season ended earlier this month.
Pack posted a statement on his Instagram page on Tuesday evening.
At present, I would like to further explore new possibilities. It is with unwavering faith and joy that I am entering my name in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Pack had a huge sophomore season for the Wildcats, as he averaged 17.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. With Markquis Nowell handling primary point guard duties, Pack’s game grew fast. He improved on his 3-point shooting, firing 43.6 percent from the arc. Pack had three 30-point games last season, including his 35-point game against Kansas in which he hit a season-high eight 3-pointers.
Pack did not make it clear if he was retaining his eligibility or not. Pack can test the waters of the NBA Draft without losing his place at Kansas State. Doing so allows him to meet with NBA scouts, attend the NBA Scouting Combine if invited and get feedback from the league on his place in the draft before making a final decision.
Pack will have to make a decision before the NBA Draft in June.
It’s already been an eventful season in Manhattan. After the Wildcats were eliminated from the Big 12 Tournament, head coach Bruce Weber resigned. Two weeks later, the Wildcats hired Baylor associate head coach Jerome Tang to take his place. He will be formally introduced on Thursday during a press conference at Bramlage Coliseum.
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