Miami Basketball: Hurricanes' Young Backcourt Will Bring Excitement to Coral Gables

By Gregory Philson
Ja'Quan Newton
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The Miami Hurricanes‘ freshman class is one of the top 40 in the country by many different scouting services and is led by star guard Ja’Quan Newton. Newton is considered a player who has unlimited potential and all the makings to be a star very quickly in the ACC.

Joining him in the backcourt will be wingman and savvy defender James Palmer. Palmer is considered a solid shooter from nearly anywhere, and he is capable of putting on a shooting display that would make fans’ jaws drop. These two will bring excitement and scoring to a team that desperately needed both during last season.

Newton and Palmer pair well together because of their contrasting styles that will allow each of them to play their way. Newton loves going to basket, attacking the hoop and throwing down dunks above the rim. Palmer is a shooter who can alleviate the stress on Newton when he gets trapped down low and is looking for someone open on the outside. Just by themselves, both players may be able to average 35 to 40 points per game very quickly. This will mean a lot since last year’s team only averaged slightly more than 60 points per game.

Obviously the ACC will be a very tough conference next season with the Louisville Cardinals being thrown into the mix. The North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils have great classes coming in as well. The ACC will have many of the top recruits in the nation, and Miami should not be forgotten.

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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