Another member of the junior class has given an early commitment. This time it’s Mount Vernon guard Taylor Palmer, who, after a weekend visit to Morgantown, gave her verbal to play for West Virginia.
Palmer, who led Mount Vernon in scoring at 16.2 PPG and helped the Knights win their first Section 1 title in 26 years, said she had five other finalists — BC, Seton Hall, Iona, Providence and Princeton — but she was so floored by WVU that she passed on the other choices.
“I was just going to wait until the end of the summer to make a decision, but I went to West Virginia and it was the perfect fit,” Palmer said.
The Mountaineers first scouted Palmer during the high school season at the Kennedy showcase in the Bronx. They followed her at an AAU tournament in Virginia in April, when she played for the New York Gauchos. Palmer was impressed when the coaching staff told her that she was their No. 1 target. The scholarship offer backed that up, and Palmer accepted.
“I was going to wait, but they told me I was their No. 1 pick,” she said. “And besides basketball, the coach is very interested into his athletes getting a degree. I want to do something more than basketball when I’m done with college. I want to work toward a career in something else. So that was really important to me.”
The coaching staff asked WVU freshman Kevin Jones about Palmer a couple months back. He also met Palmer during her visit. Those two and other members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams toured the campus and town, and Palmer developed a comfort level there.
“They support all the teams there, the football team, the boys basketball team, the girls basketball,” she said. “That made me like it even more. It’s a full college environment.”