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Miami Basketball Player Profile: James Palmer

In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Player Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile UM's roster for 2014. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the court.

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James Palmer

Freshman - G/F - 6'5 200 - Washington D.C. - St John's College H.S.

Palmer comes to UM as a 3/4 star recruit (depending on the service) who chose the 'Canes over Memphis, Rutgers, VCU, and Wake Forest among others.

Projects as a combo guard/wing, who has smooth handles, great size, and a well above average jumper.

In Miami's summer trip to Spain, shot team best 68% from the floor and hit 57% (8-15) from distance en route to 11.5 ppg.  He also chipped in 10 assists and 8 steals in 4 games.

Summary: Initially thought there was a chance for Palmer to redshirt his first season in Coral Gables. But the more I hear/see the less this seems in the realm of possibility.  Palmer's stellar play in Spain, combined with the injury to sophomore wing Davon Reed (out 4-6 months), likely assures a regular spot in Miami's rotation for the 6'5 wing.  And why not?  His offensive game is similar to Reed's, perhaps with less explosiveness but an even better jumper.  Can he defend as well as Reed? Time will tell.  But because he is big enough to play some SF, versatile enough to play both G spots, and confident enough to be a consistent shot maker, James Palmer promises to be a key performer this coming season.  Even with the Hurricanes' plethora of perimeter talent, Palmer's game stands out.

Stay tuned for more player profiles as we count down to tip off.