AURORA | Only two seniors boys basketball players from Colorado made the list of nominees for the prestigious 2021 McDonald’s All-American Game and one of them is from an Aurora program in Rangeview’s Cade Palmer.
Palmer, a 6-foot guard who is the son of Raiders’ head coach Shawn Palmer, is one of three players averaging in double figures for 8-0 Rangeview — which returns to action Thursday against Northglenn — as he has scored 16 points per game and also leads the team in assists at 7.0 per game and steals (1.6 per game).
Among Palmer’s accomplishment for the season already is taking sole possession of the program’s all-time career 3-point record as he broke a tie with former star Jeremiah Paige — a McDonald’s All-American nominee himself in 2014 — in the second game of the season and has added 17 more since then, while he also now owns Rangeview’s single-game assist record of 13 set against Brighton Feb. 6.
Julian Hammond II of top-ranked Cherry Creek — a University of Colorado signee — is the other Colorado boys player who is a McDAAG nominee. The 24 players from the pool of nominees from 44 sates and the District of Columbia will be selected and recognized virtually later in the month.
Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports
2021 COLORADO BOYS MCDONALDS ALL-AMERICAN NOMINEES
Julian Hammond II (Cherry Creek); CADE PALMER, (RANGEVIEW)