Palmer Leads Huskers Into Post Season Play

Palmer Leads Huskers Into Post Season Play
Tim Miles said James Palmer and Glynn Watson will need to combine for at least 50 points a game for Nebraska to have a chance in the Big Ten tournament. BRENDAN SULLIVAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

University of Nebraska guard James Palmer Jr. received his second honor in as many days, as he was to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VI team on Tuesday. It marks the second straight season that Palmer is a first-team all-district honoree. This comes on the heels of his All-Big Ten selection on Monday.

Palmer has put together a strong senior year, as he enters the Big Ten Tournament averaging 19.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game. The 6-foot-6 guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., is third in the Big Ten in scoring and ranks among the conference leaders in steals (fifth), assists (10th) and free throw percentage (.783, 10th). He reached double figures in 29 of 31 games, including 15 games with at least 20 points. Palmer had a season-high 30 points on two occasions, against Creighton and No. 9 Michigan State. Palmer is just one of two Huskers to score at least 1,000 points in in first two seasons at Nebraska

Nebraska’s district includes Division I programs from the states of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The Husker men’s basketball team begins the postseason Wednesday afternoon, as Nebraska takes on Rutgers in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago.  Tipoff from the United Center is set for 5:36 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Big Dog 98.9 FM and 1340 AM with the Husker Sports Network.