Birmingham Seaholm super-stud hoopster Richaud Pack has decided where he will be playing next year. On Wednesday, Pack, who led the Maples to a conference championship last season as a junior, committed to Florida International and its new head coach, Isaiah Thomas. The 6-6 silky-smooth swing-guard is one of the top players in the state of Michigan's highly-vaunted Class of 2010, a crop of talented prepsters that includes Country Day's Ray McCallum, Jr. and Mt. Pleasant's Trey Zeigler, two of the nation's most sought after recruits and both teammates of Pack on his summer AAU team. I ran into Richaud on Thursday night at the Seaholm football game and he told me that he was "excited to go down to Miami and help Isaiah turn FIU into a competitor." Richaud is a great kid with a solid head on his shoulders. There are no ego trips with this kid and you can tell he will be very coachable at the next level. I'm expecting Richaud and his cousin and teammate Shawn Conway, an athletic and wiry forward, to take the Maples back to the promised land again this winter and give the Seaholm nation another season to remember. Look for the Pack-led Maple ballers to once again compete for a district title and possibly a trip into the regionals, a place no Seaholm team has gone since the '97 squad - headlined by standout guards Jon Borovich (Central Michigan), Matt Ishpia (Michigan State), Mark Hayes (Madonna), and David Schaeffer (Michigan State on a Football scholarship) - advanced into the Class A Sweet Sixteen and bowed to a Detroit Central team, which featured NFL all-pro Antonio Gates.
- on a side note, I also ran into Southfield's tantalizing tandem of a backcourt in Carlton "Check'in My Stats" Brundidge and Desmond "Pee Wee" Barnes, at the game. This guard duo is so cold, any icey-breeze follows them wherever they go. Brundidge, a sweet scoring combo guard is being coveted by a number of DI hoop powers, including Michigan, Michigan State, Xavier, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio State, and Butler. Although CB wouldn't tip his hand to what school he's going to select, he did say, "I'm leaning towards staying at home. I like coach Belien and Michigan a lot"