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Antioch (TN) High junior power forward David Palmer is off the board. One of pre-season Top 25 members made a commitment earlier this week.

6-8, 240 pound David Palmer, a junior out of Antioch High in Tennessee, is headed to Illinois. Palmer confirmed his commitment on Tuesday morning and said that it was time to make his decision.

"I just feel like getting it over with early," Palmer said. Notre Dame, Tennessee, Purdue and Oklahoma had made scholarship offers, according to Palmer.

"I believe I can get a lot of playing time early. When me and my parents went up there they really liked it. It was the right choice for me and my family." Palmer visited the school on Sept. 26. Illinois last saw him Dec. 26 at a Christmas tournament. However, Palmer has gradually working himself back into the lineup after he broke his ankle early in the season.

"I've played in two games. I haven't played a whole lot in these games, I'm coming back slowly. It feels tender but the doctor says it'll get stronger as I play on it. I'm ready to get back 100%."

Palmer made no secret of the fact that he liked Illinois. He called them his leader long before the commitment and they did an outstanding job in recruiting him. Recently, a TV game helped him with his decision.

"The game that did it for me was the "Braggin' Rights" game. The crowd was crazy. Everyone in their whole state loves basketball. It's going to be nice to play there."

In addition to the atmosphere and staff – Chris Lowery was instrumental in his recruitment – Palmer fell for Illinois' style of play. "I really like the way they play. It's similar to my high school's offense."


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