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Miami Hurricanes Basketball Player Profile: James Palmer

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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 2015-16. 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


Sophomore G/F  6'5 202  Washington D.C. (St. John's College H.S.)

2014-15 Stats:  Appeared in all 38 games, averaged 3.7 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 36.5 3P%, 41.3 FG%.

Scouting Report:

  • Silky smooth player with excellent handles who can play positions 1-3 on the floor.
  • Very fluid jumper, and surprisingly athletic in the open floor.  Great size as well.
  • Coach L says he will start the season as a 2/3 but could play a lot of minutes at PG in his future.
  • Needs to work on his defense, but a very good/versatile player in most aspects of his game.
  • Really started to play with confidence toward the end of the season as evidenced below:

Summary:  Palmer is in perfect position to be UM's sixth man this season.  He no longer has to compete with Deandre Burnett for minutes, and will be top back-up for both Sheldon McClellan and Davon Reed on the wing. And while JaQuan Newton is expected to spell Angel Rodriguez at the point, when the 'Canes go to bigger line-ups he can also run some PG.  However, I expect his initial role to be as a knock down shooter/scorer off the bench. With his natural abilities, underrated athleticism, and excellent size, he should get to the line more often in his second season as well. Palmer could end up as the top scorer off the bench and average anywhere from 6-10 ppg if he develops as expected. Look for him to come close to 40% from deep as well, with his very pretty outside stroke. Miami has a star studded starting 5, but look for Palmer to play a big part of the success of the 2015-16 Miami Hurricanes and possibly blossom into a star in years beyond.