NCB On The Trail: James Palmer

#AskCoachB: Canes hunt new guards

September, 19, 2013
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The Hurricanes have a pair of guards who will be big contributors and bring a different skill set to coach Jim Larranaga. Ja'Quan Newton is a tough, battle-tested point guard who can push a faster pace or execute in the half court. He will be handed the ball from day one to run the team and has a knack of scoring by the drive and with an improved jumper.

James Palmer owns a long, thin frame and a terrific skill set with a natural instinct to score and pass. His best basketball will be down the road. One ACC head coach told me he loved his skills and thought in time he would be a really good college player.

The focus now shifts to a need in the front court as the Canes have a few very good prospects on their radar.

Chinanu Onuaku (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) had a strong summer scoring inside, rebounding and playing defense in the paint with his big body. ESPN 100 PF Dante Buford (Jacksonville, Fla./ Arlington Country Day) would bring an explosive athlete who finishes inside and can hit a face-up jumpers. They are in strong with Ben Bentil (Middletown, Del./Saint Andrews), who is as strong and physical as they come and plays with a great motor. They are also pursuing Omar Sherman (Dallas/Prime Prep) and Makinde London (Thompson's Station, Tenn./Montverde Academy).

You always look at big men who have improved and continue to make progress this group falls into that category. The Miami staff will land one of the above to fill their needs in the frontcourt.

Notes: Cartwright could be double value 

September, 6, 2013
This time of the year, there's always something brewing. From campus visits to the value of Stanford's newest pledge, we've dumped out the notebook into a nice, tidy column to catch you up.

Cartwright's value could be two-fold

Jahlil Okafor, Tyus JonesESPN, Icon SMIJahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones have discussed going to school together and the ESPN 100 prospects have scheduled several official visits as a tandem.
One of the lasting themes of the Class of 2014 has been the perpetual rumors of package deals, and yet as we get closer to and closer to November’s early signing period we’re still waiting for the first to come to fruition.

With that in mind, we examined the most rumored potential package deals in the country and set the odds in order to determine which have the best chance of actually happening.

First though, it’s necessary to define what a “package deal” is. In it’s purest form, it would be a situation where two or more prospects are recruited in unison and make one collaborative decision. But there really aren’t many situations currently like that in the 2014 class, with one notable exception.

Instead, most of the recent talk around “package deals” really reflects prospects that could potentially end up at the same school, even if they don’t go through the recruiting process together. As such, that is the definition which we’ll operate under for the purposes of this article and projecting the likelihood of such deals actually happening.

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Top 10: Potential risers outside 100 

August, 28, 2013
After reviewing the July notes, a number of players popped onto the radar. Whether they make any top 100 lists is to be determined, but they are candidates. Frankly, this summer could yield more change than usual in a list of this nature. I’d pay close attention to the next 100 list because I’d bet the ESPN staffers shake it up and you see a host of new faces.

If the new list had PF Michael Humphrey (didn’t see him in July), SG Matthew Fisher-Davis, SG Bryant McIntosh, PF Yante Maten, F Bonzie Colson, PG Lamonte Bearden or SG B.J. Stith, it wouldn’t be met with much resistance as those prospects each put together strong summers; some are better players than prospects and that’s a factor.

Ten Non-100 Potential Risers

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The Miami Hurricanes backcourt is now solidified for years to come.

Head coach Jim Larranaga landed a commitment from ESPN 100 point guard Ja'Quan Newton (Philadelphia/Neumann-Goretti) on Wednesday, just two days after shooting guard James Palmer (Washington, D.C./St. John’s) popped for the Hurricanes to start the week.

Newton and Palmer join ESPN 100 swingman Adonys Henriquez, who committed last December, in a recruiting class that is now ranked No. 6 in the nation for 2014.

And when you add the three 2014 commitments to the six recruits Miami signed in the Class of 2013, Larranaga and his staff have essentially rebuilt three-quarters of the roster in the last year.

The Canes aren’t done recruiting in the 2014 class, either. While the backcourt is set for the foreseeable future, they’d still like to add a boost to their frontcourt before all is said and done.

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Geoff Burke/USA TODAY SportsESPN 100 PG Ja'Quan Newton is a key piece of Miami's backcourt rebuilding job.
But make no mistake about it, Miami has done a remarkable job rebuilding its backcourt and is now as well positioned as any school in the ACC for the next four years -- not just with a wealth of talent and versatility but also with a series of individual pieces that fit together in a potentially precise way.

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Miami stays hot, lands ESPN 100 PG 

August, 7, 2013
The reconstruction of the Miami Hurricanes’ backcourt is complete -- at least as far as the 2014 recruiting class is concerned. ESPN 100 point guard Ja'Quan Newton (Philadelphia/Neumann-Goretti) committed to the Hurricanes on Wednesday after considering Minnesota, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA.

Newton is the second Miami commitment in the last three days after shooting guard James Palmer (Washington, D.C./St. John’s) picked the Hurricanes on Monday. In addition, ESPN 100 combo guard Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) pledged last December.

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Kelly Kline/Under ArmourESPN 100 point guard Ja'Quan Newton committed to Miami over Minnesota, Oregon, Texas A&M and UCLA.
With three talented perimeter players, including a pair of ESPN 100 prospects, Miami moves into the 2014 class rankings at No. 6.

Newton, who is ranked No. 67 overall in the Class of 2014, will take his official visit to Miami on Sept. 14.

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Palmer adds shooting to Hurricanes 

August, 5, 2013
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?

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Miami adds D.C. shooting guard

August, 5, 2013
Miami landed a verbal commitment from Class of 2014 shooting guard James Palmer (Washington, D.C./St. John's) on Monday, has confirmed.

Palmer held offers from Radford, Rutgers, St. Joseph's and Towson, among others. He joins ESPN 100 SG Adonys Henriquez (Orlando, Fla./Orlando Christian Prep) in the Hurricanes' 2014 class.
There are always tough omissions when compiling any list, and more so when it’s a list of the top hoops prospects in the country. Our staff agonized over several players in deliberations for the Class of 2014’s ESPN 100 rankings, which we released today, and several quality players just fell short of making the list. Here’s a look at 12 fringe top 100 guys, keeping in mind some of them may eventually sneak in the next edition of the rankings or at some point before the end of their senior year.

Note: Schools involved is a combination of programs that have offered and others with interest in that particular recruit.

Tre Campbell (D.C./St. John’s College)
PG, 6-2, 160
Committed to Georgetown

Dishing out assists is this future Hoya's calling card. He is stellar at penetrating and kicking, attacking defenders in transition and knowing when to call his own number in the half-court set.

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