Miami Basketball: Hurricanes Get Solid Piece With James Palmer

By Gregory Philson
Jim Larranaga
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There was absolutely no denying the Miami Hurricanes offense was a terrible thing to watch during the 2013-14 NCAA basketball season. The team only averaged 61.5 points per game and never looked like it truly had a player who could be counted on to take over games.

Coach Jim Larranaga is an excellent coach who did all he could to get a 17-16 record out of his team, and with a solid recruiting class coming in for the 2014-15 season, the Hurricanes could bounce back and become a NCAA tournament team.

One of the key players on next year’s squad will be wing player James Palmer. Scouts believe Palmer can be an offensive contributor immediately, because he can shoot the ball well from all over the court and can catch fire at any given moment. Palmer is the type of player who could score 10 straight points by himself and turn a deficit into a lead. Palmer is also a perfect size at 6-foot-4 to cover point guards and shooting guards. He is long and should disrupt passing lanes.

Palmer does have a rather slight frame and will need to pack on some muscle in order to bash around in the paint. He is also not a great ball handler. This is not a major problem because star recruit Ja’Quan Newton will be the player counted on to get to the rim.

The Hurricanes did not have the greatest of seasons last year, but with a group coming in that has a lot of potential, fans in Coral Gables will again have something exciting to watch.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC basketball writer at Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.

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