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Miami Hurricanes guard James Palmer to transfer

Guard James Palmer (12) is transferring from the University of Miami in search of more playing time.
Guard James Palmer (12) is transferring from the University of Miami in search of more playing time. adiaz@miamiherald.com

University of Miami guard James Palmer will not return for his junior season. The 6-5 sophomore from Washington asked for a transfer.

Palmer was a four-star recruit coming out of high school and played 38 games as a freshman and 34 as a sophomore. He averaged 3.7 points and 1.4 rebounds as a freshman and 3.5 points/1.2 rebounds as a sophomore.

His shooting percentage this past season was 36.4 percent. The other eight regulars in the rotation averaged 44 percent or better. His three-point shooting percentage (27.7 percent) was lowest among the guards.

“We thank James for his contributions to the Miami basketball program over the past two seasons,” said UM coach Jim Larrañaga. “We wish him the best in his future.”

The departure of Palmer means UM returns five players next season — Reed, Murphy, Anthony Lawrence, Ja’Quan Newton, and Ebuka Izundu. The Hurricanes welcome a highly regarded recruiting class, which includes McDonald’s All-American 6-10 power forward Dewan Huell, combo guard Bruce Brown, Australian point guard Dejan Vasiljevic, and 6-11 center Rodney Miller, from Oak Hill Academy.

Shooting guard Rashad Muhammad becomes eligible. He transferred to UM from San Jose State last August, and was their leading scorer.

In other UM news, senior guard Sheldon McClellan was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District second team. He averaged 56.8 percent shooting on two-pointers, 40 percent from three-point range, and 83.8 percent from the line. He averaged 16.3 points per game.

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