F.M. Scouting Profile - James Palmer Jr
Professional Player Comparison: TJ Warren
17-18 Stats:17.2 points (44%FG/ 30% 3FG/ 73% FT), 3 assist, 4.4 rebounds, 1 steal
Pro wing size
Excellent at attacking the basket
Lives at the free throw line
Can be too ball dominant
Needs to improve three point shooting
Be a more active on ball defender
Palmer Jr a former St John's (DC) standout was a first team All- Big Ten selection last season, making him the fifth returning first-team all conference player for Nebraska in the last 40 years. Simply put, he's one of the top players in all of college basketball. He has ideal pro size, strength, toughness and craftiness on both ends of the ball. He's nearly impossible to stop from getting to the rim and free throw line, as he led the Big Ten with 221 free throw attempts. While he can knock down three pointers, Palmer only shot 30% last season, it's an area he must improve in to keep defenses from crowding the paint seeking to neutralize him. Defensively, he's solid, however he has the tools to become a lock down defender if he puts his mind to it due to his already pro ready size, length and quickness.
Palmer Jr made a HUGE jump last season showing he utilized the 16-17 season sitting out after transferring from Miami well to improve his all around game. If Palmer makes another leap, becoming a late first round prospect for the 2019 NBA Draft is well within reach.
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