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James Palmer Jr. – Guard - Junior

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James Palmer Jr. scored 18 points as part of NU’s win over North Texas as part of a strong start to the season.

Palmer comes to Nebraska as a transfer from the University of Miami after playing two seasons under head coach Jim Larrañaga. While playing for the Hurricanes, Palmer helped the team to back-to-back postseason appearances, including Sweet Sixteen play in 2016.

In his freshman campaign, Palmer averaged 3.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. The following year he played in 34 games and averaged 3.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. Palmer was the go-to option in early games, as he led the team scoring with 18 points against North Texas and 13 in a loss against St. Johns.

Palmer’s debut as a Husker in an early season exhibition against Northwood University gave fans a look into his diverse abilities on the floor. The guard hit 9-of-14 shots, 2-of-4 three-pointers and 7-of-8 shots from the free throw line.

“He can score, no doubt,” Miles said after the performance. “And he can score at a lot of levels. He can make threes and he can get to the rim.”

Like Watson, Palmer also showed his ability to impact the game in other areas this Sunday, when he dished out five assists to go with his 11 points in the win over Long Beach. Palmer also showed his scoring touch in Orlando. As the rest of the team struggled against UCF, Palmer poured in 22 points to lead NU, and added another 15 in the win over Marist.

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