For weeks Miami has appeared to be knocking on the door of their second hoops commitment. Final lists were being trimmed, and Miami was seemingly on all of them.
Tonight, Coach L finally landed that long awaited second commitment, who will join Adonys Henriquez as the first two members of a potential 5 or 6 man 2014 class.
James Palmer (Saint Johns College High School / Team Takeover), a combo guard from Washington D.C., gave his pledge to the U.
A few things jump out from the video above:
- He's only listed at 6'5" (and reportedly weighs in at around 180), but he looks a whole lot longer than that. He should fit right in with what Coach L wants to do defensively, primarily, disrupting the passing lanes. Wing defenders with long arms (see: Durand Scott) fit his system perfectly.
- He can shoot, and he can pass. Miami appeared to be chasing after a combo guard in this class, and Palmer should fit that role nicely. He can play off the ball, or he can handle the point guard duties if need be.
- Those arm sleeves. I approve.
Palmer chose Miami over other offers from schools like George Mason, Memphis, Temple and VCU. He was also receiving interest from Georgetown, Indiana and Maryland, as well as several other schools.
Palmer played his AAU ball for Team Takeover, rated the #1 team in the country this season by d1circuit.com.
WELCOME TO THE U, JAMES!