Updates from Big Ten Media Day: Palmer preseason all-conference; Miles speaks
Chris Basnett is in Chicago for Big Ten Media Day. Follow along here for updates throughout the day.
That’s a wrap for the Huskers from Big Ten Media day. Tim Miles, Glynn Watson, James Palmer Jr., Isaac Copeland and Isaiah Roby wrapped up their media responsibilities shortly before 1 p.m.
I’ll have more on the website later on tonight, and in tomorrow’s paper, but here are a few tidbits from the roundtable sessions:
Miles said the Huskers will take a team trip to Italy next summer, probably over the first week of August. The team last did an overseas tour in 2015, traveling to Spain. Teams are allowed one overseas trip every four years.
The attention paid to Nebraska’s four player representatives in Chicago was a far cry from that in New York City one year ago.
At that media day, at Madison Square Garden, Watson and Evan Taylor sat mostly alone at a table, hardly noticed. This time around, the stream of media between Miles’ table and that of the players was constant.
Miles and the players were loose, with James Palmer Jr. interrupting Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s roundtable to ask the Big Ten coaching legend a question. You can tell this is a team unburdened by the preseason expectations many have for it.
The Tim Miles Experience has come and gone here in Chicago.
Always a highlight of the morning session, Miles complemented the moderator’s teal sport coat, called the crowd of gathered media stiff, and eventually got around to answering a couple questions about his team.
He said Isaac Copeland is playing the best he’s ever seen the senior play. He busted out assistant coach Jim Molinari’s “comparison is the thief of joy” line.
And he commented on the depth of talent Nebraska returns this season.
“We have four guys anybody in the league would take,” Miles said of James Palmer Jr., Copeland, Glynn Watson and Isaiah Roby. “That hasn’t always been the case. We’d maybe have one here or there.”
Nebraska wing James Palmer Jr. is part of the preseason All-Big Ten men’s basketball team.
The team was announced Thursday morning at Big Ten Media Day. The team was voted on by league media members.
Palmer was joined by nine other players — Purdue’s Carsen Edwards, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, Indiana’s Juwan Morgan and Romeo Langford, Maryland’s Anthony Cowan Jr., Michigan’s Charles Matthews, Michigan State’s Nick Ward and Cassius Winston and Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy.
Edwards is the preseason player of the year. He and Happ were the only unanimous selections to the 10-member team.
Palmer, a 6-foot-6, 207-pounder from Upper Marlboro, Md., will look to be Nebraska’s first two-time first-team all-conference performer since Eric Piatkowski in 1993 and 1994. He averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists last season.
Nebraska coach Tim Miles is scheduled to speak at 9 a.m. NU players Glynn Watson, Isaac Copeland, Isaiah Roby and Palmer will join Miles for an interview roundtable beginning at 11:50 a.m.
Check back with HuskerExtra.com throughout the day for updates from Big Ten Media Day.