Honors & Award
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2017)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
James Palmer Jr. brings valuable experience and scoring punch to the Husker basketball program. Palmer played 72 games at the University of Miami in his two years at the school, including 34 games in 2015-16 as the Hurricanes reached the NCAA Sweet 16. The 6-foot-6 wing is a strong shooter and has the length and athleticism to play several spots for the Huskers. In addition to working on his shooting during his redshirt year, Palmer has impressed the coaching staff with his competitiveness and the ability to make plays in key moments, reminding some of former two-time All-Big Ten wing Terran Petteway.
A former top-100 recruit, Palmer will bolster the Huskers' size and athleticism. He is one of three Husker newcomers with NCAA Tournament experience, joining Isaac Copeland and Duby Okeke.
Palmer sat out the 2016-17 season after transferring from Miami.
Palmer spent two seasons at the University of Miami playing for Coach Jim Larrañaga, helping the Hurricanes make back-to-back postseason appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2016.
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. He also reached double figures with 11 points and added season highs in both assists (three) and rebounds (six) against the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley in the season opener.
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-pointers and grabbed a season-best four rebounds. He also had 11 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, at Notre Dame in ACC play. Palmer also had 12 points against Charlotte and 10 at Florida.
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, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists 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. He closed his career with 31 points in the Crab Ball Classic, featuring the top players from Baltimore and Washington D.C. Palmer played his AAU ball for Team Takeover.
James Palmer Jr. is the son of Demetra McFadden and the late James Palmer Sr. James Jr., was born on July 31, 1996, in Washington, D.C. He has one sister, Tijisha, and one brother, Tijree. Palmer was originally recruited by Memphis, Wake Forest, Rutgers, Cincinnati and Maryland before selecting Miami. James is majoring in sociology at Nebraska.