Palmer discusses recruitment at Big Shots

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – James Palmer did not have to travel very far to participate in the Big Shots All-American Camp this week. The class of 2014 prospect from St. John's College (DC) made the trek over to DeMatha (MD) for the event and was one of the more highly touted rising senior wings at the camp.

Palmer told HawkHillHardwood.com that he has offers from Miami, St. Joe's, Rutgers, Xavier, Richmond, George Mason, Towson, Radford, VCU, Creighton, Dayton, and Wake Forest.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard said there are other schools that have offered that he could not remember and also noted that Indiana is expressing interest too.

"No, no favorites," Palmer said, "everybody is the same right now." While he may not have any leaders, Palmer does know what he is looking for in his future college.

"School with good coaching," Palmer began, "play my type of style, good relationship with the coach, good system, play around good players."

Palmer said that location will "not at all" be a factor for him and noted that all the schools recruiting him are coming at him equally hard.

Rutgers is the only school Palmer said he has tripped to, with that visit coming "about last month." He has no additional visits planned at this point.

Palmer also said that there are no coaches with whom he has the best relationship and he also does not have a timetable for a commitment.

The rising senior went on to discuss what he has been hearing from the St. Joe's staff in their pursuit of him. "They've been saying they want me to come in and be a major factor as soon as I come in as a freshman and just play hard," Palmer said.

The quality wing prospect said he has been in contact with all of the St. Joe's coaches, but primarily head coach Phil Martelli and assistant coach David Duda.

Of coach Martelli, Palmer remarked, "He's a good coach, I mean, I've never seen him coach in a real game before, so I wouldn't know."

Palmer also talked about his relationship with Martelli. "It's good. It's just regular, neutral," Palmer said. "All the coaches are neutral right now."

While Palmer said he has been to Philadelphia and likes the city, he has not been to the St. Joe's campus and does not know any of the players on the team. However, he did confirm that SJU is a school he is interested in.

As for the type of player he is on the court, Palmer said of his best aspects, "I wouldn't say I have a strong part, I think I do everything well, score, rebound, pass, defend. I need to work on defending right now, though."

Palmer is not sure right now what the weakest aspect of his game is at this time, but did say, "I just need to help defend more." Finally, Palmer touched on his goals for the summer. "Just keep getting better, hopefully get some more schools," Palmer said, "but if not, it falls the way it falls. Just keep getting better."

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