One of the six returning players from the Hurricanes’ Sweet 16 team is moving on.
A UM source confirmed reports that wing James Palmer, who will be a junior, will transfer from the team.
Palmer, a 6-foot-5, 202-pound native of Washington, D.C., was a reserve swingman in his two seasons at UM.
Last season he averaged 11.9 minutes, ninth-highest on the team, and put up 3.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. He shot 36.4 percent from the field, lowest among UM’s regulars, and 27.7 percent from three-point range.
Palmer, who was 17 when he arrived on campus in July 2014, was in line for a redshirt season as a freshman. But his summer performance and a preseason knee injury to Davon Reed caused Miami to suit him up. Palmer played in all 38 games, avearging 13.3 minutes, 3.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists. He also shot 41.3 percent from the field and 36.5 from deep.
Palmer was a four-star recruit and rated No.98 nationally in the 2014 class by Scout.com. He was the top-rated player in D.C. according to multiple recruiting websites.
News of his transfer, which ESPN first reported, is not stunning given the fact Miami is likely to start eligible transfer Rashad Muhammad at shooting guard and adds highly regarded recruit Bruce Brown and international standout Dejan Vasiljevic. Reed, who will be a senior, is the likely starter at small forward.