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Mark Turgeon calls Richaud Pack the Terps' 'best player' so far this season

Terps guard Richaud Pack.
Terps guard Richaud Pack. (Matt Hazlett, Baltimore Sun)

A lot has been written so far this season about Maryland senior guard Richaud Pack, much of it in this very space.

In a preseason profile, Pack talked about learning how to shoot on a backyard court his family built behind their home outside Detroit -- over a telephone wire that hovered above the entire length of the court.

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More recently, Mark Turgeon talked about how pleasant a surprise Pack has been in the fact that he has been able to play both backcourt positions, starting the first three games along side freshman point guard Melo Trimble.

On Saturday after practice, Turgeon made an interesting comment about Pack, who is averaging a little more than eight points, a team-leading six rebounds and has nine assists to just two turnovers while shooting 10 of 18 from the field.

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Turgeon said he told the team the same thing while watching tape of Thursday's 66-50 win over Fordham, a game in which Pack had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists (only one turnover) in a team-high 30 minutes.

"He's been our best player," Turgeon said of Pack, who spent his first three seasons of college basketball playing at Florida International and North Carolina A&T.

"He's played point guard, he's shooting the best percentage, he's guarding the best [perimeter] player, he does almost everything right. … You can argue Jake [Layman] and Dez [Wells], but he's doing all the little things."

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