Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles has developed a reputation for identifying and developing transfer guards in his four years with the Huskers.
Terran Petteway and Andrew White, from Texas Tech and Kansas, respectively, have been among Miles’ top scorers the past three seasons. Anton Gill, from Louisville, made a strong impression on the scout team last season and is expected to provide a scoring punch in 2016-17.
James Palmer has noticed, and he hopes to follow suit.
“Those guys left a trail for me to follow,” said Palmer, a former Miami Hurricane who Sunday announced his commitment to Nebraska. “That shows a good example of Nebraska getting good transfer players and really developing them.”
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Palmer must sit out a season. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Like White and Gill before him, Palmer comes to Lincoln as a former top 100 recruit. Rated four stars, he was ranked No. 98 by Scout.com in the class of 2014 and the top recruit from Washington, D.C., by multiple recruiting outlets.
If White returns in 2016-17 -- he's currently declared for the NBA Draft but hasn't hired an agent -- it means Miles will have six former top 100 recruits on his roster (White, Gill, Glynn Watson, Ed Morrow, Isaiah Roby and Palmer).
“I want to get better, get stronger, sit out a year and become an impact player,” Palmer said. “I have trust in (Miles).”
Nebraska will be looking to replace White and Tai Webster for the 2017-18 season, when Palmer will be eligible.
In 34 games played in 2015-16 for Miami, Palmer averaged 11.6 minutes and 3.4 points. He shot 36.4 percent from the field, lowest among Miami’s regulars, according to the Palm Beach Post, and 27.7 percent from three-point range.
He played in all 38 games as a true freshman, when he averaged 13.3 minutes and 3.7 points.
Palmer said he also considered Temple and Cincinnati but visited only Nebraska officially. The visit was April 22-23.
“The visit was great,” Palmer said, noting his main recruiters were Miles and assistant coach Kenya Hunter. “I really liked the campus, the school, the facilities.”
Palmer said he knew after his visit Nebraska would be his choice but waited until Sunday to make the news official.
His commitment fills one of three vacant scholarships for Nebraska, which is still looking for a center for the upcoming season.
Prep center Jordy Tshimanga is the lead candidate to fill the role. The Montreal native, who played at MacDuffie School in Massachusetts, ended his official visit to Nebraska on Sunday morning and delivered this Tweet:
Tshimanga is also considering Minnesota, Arizona and Oregon, among others.