Elijah Palmer Career Recap
Played in 58 of a possible 59 games with 55 starts after transferring to Duquesne from Kennedy-King College (Chicago, Ill.) ... finished his career eighth on DU's all-time shooting accuracy list with a 50.4 field goal percentage ... scored in double digits 36 times including 22 of 29 games as a senior ... finished career with 682 points and 332 rebounds ... led team in scoring (13.9 ppg.) and rebounding (5.9 rpg.) as a senior ... ranked third in the Atlantic 10 in field goal percentage (53.9%) as a senior ... improved his scoring and rebounding averages, field goal and free throw percentages from his junior to senior years ... finished his career with 57 dunks (34 as a senior) ... averaged 27.1 minutes per game for his career.
As a Senior (2003-04)
Was one of two players to start all 29 games ... led team in scoring (13.9 ppg.), rebounding (5.9 rpg.), double-digit scoring games (22), 20-point games (6) and dunks (34) ... led the Dukes in scoring 11 times and rebounding 14 times (both team highs) ... shot 53.9 percent from the field ... went 9-of-9 from the field vs. George Mason on Dec. 20 ... topped the 20-point mark six times with 24 vs. Siena, 22 vs. Fordham, 21 at Minnesota & at St. Bonaventure and 20 each vs. George Mason and La Salle ... posted two double-doubles on the season (24-13 vs. Siena and 15-11 at Akron) ... shot 50.0 percent or better from the field in 19 of 29 games (including an 0-1 performance prior to getting injured vs. Cornell back on Dec. 31) ... went 9-of-12 from the field (19 points) and added four a career high four steals in DU's 71-58 home win over NCAA Tournament-bound Xavier.
As a Junior (2002-03)
Played in 29 of a possible 30 games with 26 starts ... led the team with a 5.5 rebound per game average ... his 61 offensive boards and 34 blocked shots were also a team best ... reached double-digits in the scoring column 14 times ... took about two months to make the adjustment from junior college to life in the Atlantic 10 ... had one double digit outing in his first nine games, before rallying to score in double digits in 13 of DU's last 20 contests ... DU went 7-7 when Palmer scored 10 or more ... Palmer's scoring average stood at 5.2 ppg. on Dec. 22, before he exploded for 35 points and 18 rebounds in earning MVP honors at the late-December FIU New Year's Classic ... posted a double-double (18-10) vs. St. Francis, N.Y. and followed that with 17 points and 8 boards vs. Florida International in the tournament title game ... his lone double-digit outing prior to the FIU Classic (first nine games) was 13 vs. West Virginia ... added 16 more vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore and a career-high 20 (8-of-13 including four dunks) vs. Temple ... had nine double-digit scoring games in Atlantic 10 play ... was the Dukes' second-leading scorer in league action at 10.7 ppg. ... went 7-of-11 for 17 points at home vs. #13 (AP) Xavier and 5-of-7 in scoring 15 at La Salle ... hit 6-of-9 from the field with three dunks in scoring 15 vs. Dayton at home ... shot 38.5 percent (10-of-26) from the foul line in non-conference play ... rallied to convert 66.1 percent (41-of-62) of his free throws in A-10 regular season and post-season tournament action ... led the Dukes in single-game rebounding a team-high 10 times ... also posted a team-high 23 dunks.
Kennedy-King College in Chicago, Ill. (head coach Willie Little) ... played one season as a key reserve at NAIA Division II Missouri Valley College (Marshall, Mo.) before enrolling at Kennedy-King College in Chicago ... sat out in 2000-01 before averaging 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game for 23-7 Kennedy-King as a sophomore ... played on a KKC squad that produced three other Division I players ... shot over 50 percent from the field and 67 percent from the free throw line in earning second team all-region IV honors in 2001-02 ... scored a career high 36 points vs. Region 4 champion Kankakee Community College as a sophomore.
Marshall High School in Marshall, Mo. (head coach Scott Harrold) ... was an all-conference, all-district and all-state pick as a senior in 1998-99 ... averaged 18.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in his final season ... scored 39 points and pulled down 15 rebounds vs. eventual Class 3A state runner-up Warrensburg ... also set a school record with nine steals vs. Kirksville ... was a two-year starter ... played for district champion teams as a sophomore and junior.
Was born in Chicago, Ill., where he lived until moving to Marshall, Mo. in the eighth grade ... is the third oldest of seven children ... has five brothers and one sister ... committed to Duquesne in November 2001 ... also considered Illinois-Chicago, Loyola, Ill. and Idaho ... made his only official visit to Duquesne ... communication studies major ... full name is Elijah Bernard-Tae Palmer ... date of birth: 2/20/81.