James Palmer Jr. spent two years at the University of Miami.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

James Palmer Jr. Transfers to Nebraska

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln – University of Nebraska Basketball Coach Tim Miles announced Tuesday that James Palmer Jr. has transferred to the University of Nebraska and will join the Husker basketball program. Palmer, who spent the previous two seasons at the University of Miami, will sit out the 2016-17 season and have two years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2017-18 campaign.

A 6-foot-6, 202-pound guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., Palmer has appeared in 72 games during his Miami career, including 34 contests as the Hurricanes went 27-8 and reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament in 2016.  Nebraska Coach Tim Miles believes that Palmer, a former top-100 recruit, will provide shooting and athleticism in the backcourt for the Huskers.

“I am excited to add James to our program,” Miles said. “He has tremendous versatility at both ends of the floor. He is a long, athletic defender, and a guy who can make a lot of different plays on the offensive end. I've enjoyed getting to know James in the recruiting process. He and his mother are great people to be around.  James connected with our players and staff immediately which I feel is a good sign for our future. I think a redshirt year will do him well, as I know he will work hard to elevate his game accordingly.”

As a sophomore, Palmer played in 34 games, averaging 3.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game for the Hurricanes, who finished eighth in the final USA Today Coaches Poll after losing to eventual national champion Villanova in the Sweet 16. In that game, Palmer had six points in nine minutes of work. Palmer reached double figures twice as a sophomore, including a 14-point effort on 6-of-9 shooting against Mississippi State.   During his freshman campaign, Palmer averaged 3.7 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in 13.3 minutes per outing. He made five starts for the NIT runners-up, including a career-high 17 point effort in 27 minutes at Virginia Tech. In that game, he hit five 3-poinrters and grabbed a season-best four rebounds for the Hurricanes. It was one of four double-digit efforts in 2014-15 for Palmer.

Palmer attended St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., where he was ranked as the top player in the region by ESPN.com. He averaged 15.7 points per game as a senior for Coach Sean McAloon, as the school went 27-4 and played in the D.C. State Athletic Association semifinal. He was ranked in the top-100 players in the class of 2014 by both Scout and Rivals. Palmer played his AAU ball for Team Takeover. James Palmer Jr. is the son of Diane McFadden and the late James Palmer Sr. He was originally recruited by Memphis, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Cincinnati and Maryland before selecting Miami.

Palmer’s Career Bests (at Miami)



17, at Virginia Tech (3/7/15)


6, vs. UTRGV (11/13/15)


3 (Six times) last at Virginia Tech (3/5/16)


2 (Three times) last vs. Pittsburgh (2/9/16)

Blocked Shots:

1 (13 times) last at Virginia Tech (3/5/16)

Field Goals:

6, vs. Mississippi State (11/19/15)

Field Goal Attempts:

10, at Virginia Tech (3/7/15)

Free Throws:

3 (Six times) last vs. Villanova (3/24/16)

Free Throw Attempts:

5 vs. Villanova (3/24/16)

3-Point Field Goals:

5, at Virginia Tech (3/7/15)

3-Point FGA:

5 (Three times) last at Virginia Tech (3/7/15)


27 (Two times) last at Virginia Tech (3/7/15)


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