June 29, 2011

Daniels, Palmer Get NBA Rookie Camp Invites

CORPUS CHRISTI - Former Islanders Chris Daniels (2004-08) and Kevin Palmer (2008-10) have both been invited to participate in NBA rookie free agent camps. Daniels will be in camp with the Miami Heat, while Palmer will camp with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Palmer spent the 2010-11 season with the NBA Developmental League's Austin Toros, and had a standout year. The Baltimore native led the team by playing in 50 games, averaging 12.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals. He scored in double figures in each of the last eight games of the season, and had three 20-point games in that stretch.

In his Islanders career, he led the team to consecutive appearances in the Southland Tournament semifinals and top-4 finishes in both his seasons. As a senior, he averaged 19.7 points after pouring in 18.2 points as a junior. He was named First Team All-Southland Conference both years.

Daniels has been playing overseas since leaving the Island University, playing in both South Korea and Puerto Rico over the last three years. He averaged 15.2 points and 8.8 rebounds for KCC Egis in 2010-11.

He was a key piece of the 2006-07 Islanders team that won the Southland Conference Tournament and advanced to the only NCAA Tournament in school history. That season, he averaged 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds and led the team with 53 blocks. He was also named the Conference Player of the Year and the Tournament MVP.