Oak Hill's Palmer Makes Decision

David Palmer is off the board. The Oak Hill power forward and native of Tennessee is headed to the Big East next season.

Oak Hill power forward David Palmer, a 6-foot-8 native of Tennessee, committed to the Seton Hall Pirates Thursday afternoon. Palmer had considered Southern Cal, South Florida, East Tennessee State, St. Louis and Kansas State.

In committing to the Pirates, Palmer became the second high school prospect to join Louis Orr's bunch. Back in the fall, Scout.com's No. 6 center in the Class of 2005 John Garcia, was the first player to join the Pirates.

Palmer transferred into Oak Hill as a senior where he was a contributor on Steve Smith's team that finished the season 34-2 and was ranked No. 1 by USA Today.

In selecting the Pirates, Palmer singled out the coaching staff that did a fine job in recruiting him. "Coach Orr and Coach Garrett came in and I was really impressed with what they had to say and [Orr] is also a very good coach to work with big men."

And of course, there's always the fact that the Pirates roll in one of the premier leagues in America, that never hurts either. "The Big East is a conference you can't overlook."

Steve Smith, the head coach at Oak Hill, thinks Palmer's size is a big asset. "He's a load now, I think he's got a chance to help them and be a very good college player. He's got himself in better shape because he's really strong." Palmer is the strongest player on the Oak Hill team as he benches 290 pounds.

As a junior, Palmer committed to Illinois. He then broke his ankle and missed a significant portion of the season. The commitment to the Illini dissolved as both parties went their separate ways.


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