Nebraska senior guard James Palmer Jr. has been selected to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a pre-draft camp that includes 64 of the top seniors from across college basketball.
The four-day event, which gives some of the top seniors in the country a chance to show what they can do in front NBA and overseas scouts, will begin on Wednesday night with games available for streaming. Palmer’s team, Norfolk Sports Club, will begin play at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Palmer will play for coaches Mike Head and Mark Butts and alongside teammates Shizz Alston Jr. (Temple), Josh Reaves (Penn State), Sandy Cohen III (Green Bay), Matt Morgan (Cornell), Trey Mourning (Georgetown), Dylan Osetkowski (Texas) and James Thompson IV (Eastern Michigan).
Palmer is one of seven players selected from the Big Ten for this year’s event. He’s the third Husker in the last four years to take part as Shavon Shields did so in 2016 and Tai Webster followed suit in 2017.
The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 36.9 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from 3 and 76.2 percent from the free-throw line this season. As a senior, he set school records for single-season points (708), free throw attempts (282), free throws (215) and minutes played (1,269). Palmer was tabbed as a third-team All-Big Ten performer after scoring 20 or more points 17 times with a high of 34.
Palmer started all 69 games of his two-year Husker career after transferring from Miami, finishing with the second-highest career scoring average in Husker history (18.5 points per game). Palmer was a first-team All-Big Ten pick by the coaches in 2017-18 after averaging 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists for a 22-11 team.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.