Monday, August 5, 2013
Palmer adds shooting to Hurricanes
By Reggie Rankin
Fresh off a strong summer performance, Class of 2014 shooting guard James Palmer (Washington, D.C./St. John's) committed to the Miami Hurricanes on Monday night over offers from Wake Forest, VCU, Memphis and Cincinnati.
Palmer joins ESPN 100 shooting guard Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) in Miami’s 2014 class to give coach Jim Larranaga a shooter in Palmer and a scoring playmaker in Henriquez.
What will Palmer bring to Miami?
The 6-foot-4 Palmer has steadily improved and will provide the Hurricanes with a knock-down shooter when spotting up on the break, coming off screens and receiving kick-out passes in space on the side of dribble penetration. Those skills will fit in nicely in the Miami spread attack that features multiple ball screens and great spacing for driving lanes and baseline slashes.
"I fit their style of play and felt most comfortable with Miami (FL)," Palmer said via text message.
Palmer is a shooting guard who will command the defense’s attention whether they are playing man or especially zone because he is capable of knocking down multiple shots beyond the arc very quickly.
Defensively, Palmer is capable of defending both guard positions because of his willingness to compete, his athletic ability, his basketball IQ and his feel for the game.
Palmer has great potential, and Larranaga and his coaching staff should help him reach it.