St. John’s guard James Palmer commits to play at Miami

Entering the summer, James Palmer was considered by most to be a mid-major prospect possessing plenty of potential but lacking the glamour of other recruits.

That all changed thanks to several impressive showings with AAU power Team Takeover. Offers from VCU, Cincinnati, Rutgers and Wake Forest rolled in as Palmer elevated his play behind a consistent jump shot and versatility as a defender.

On Monday night, Palmer solidified his new status as a high-level recruit by committing to Miami.

“I feel like I have a good relationship with Coach [Jim Larranaga] and I fit their style of play,” Palmer said. “It just felt like the right decision.”

The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 10.3 points for St. John’s last season before serving as the sixth man for Team Takeover. With his long wingspan and ability to play both guard positions, Palmer is a handful on both ends of the floor. As the summer wore on, Palmer said he gained more confidence in his game, especially during the second session of the Nike EYBL in Hampton. There, he hit a game-winning three-pointer and often shined as the team’s most energetic, impactful player.

“That’s when I exploded and my name starting getting out there because I felt like I had a good all-around weekend,” Palmer said. “I thought I’d have a big summer, but I guess I did surprise myself a little bit with all the attention that came.”

Palmer is the second St. John’s senior to commit to a major Division I program, following guard Tre Campell, who pledged to play at Georgetown in May.

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Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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Brandon Parker · August 6, 2013

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