Get To Know The Beavs: Haiden Palmer

Oct. 19, 2009

Haiden Palmer comes to Oregon State with impressive credentials after spending four seasons at Vista Del Lago High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. As a senior, she led her school to an impressive 25-3 record while also showing impressive stats. She can be found wearing No. 22 for the Beavers this season.

Take a look and learn more about one of the Beavers' newest players.

WHO: Haiden Palmer is a 5-foot-8 guard who has spent the past four seasons at Vista Del Lago High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. She is a guard who has a knack for scoring. She is an excellent leader, evidenced by helping guide her high school program to impressive feats during her tenure. In addition to her ability to score, has a knack for dishing off assists, making her valuable either at the point or the shooting position as a combo guard.

WHERE SHE COMES FROM: Haiden Palmer comes from Moreno Valley, Calif. She was an impressive high school player, earning all-league honors in each of her four seasons. She was also Vista Del Lago's team captain for her final two seasons and earned scholarship-athlete honors in all four seasons, proving she is a balanced student-athlete, possessing a high basketball IQ with a great desire to succeed in the classroom.

Palmer was named her school's athlete of the year after a senior year in which she averaged 16.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists. She led the program to an impressive 25-3 record her senior season, a year in which she also averaged 1.1 blocks and 3.1 steals on average. She scored a season-high 29 points against Vista Murrieta on January 29 of this year.

That all came a year after a junior campaign that might be even more impressive. She was named to the Southern California Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Division I-A Second Team. That all came because she averaged 17.5 points, 4.2 assists and 4.6 steals per game. That led ESPN's to rate her as the nation's No. 72 shooting guard.

Believe it or not, her impressive athletic background does not stop there as she lettered in track and field as a sprinter in high school. She is a very balanced athlete.

WHO SHE IS: Palmer was born in Riverside, Calif., but considers Moreno Valley her hometown. She has a brother, Bruce, who is 20, and is the daughter of Deborah and Chris Palmer. Haiden has not decided upon a major yet, but had a very impressive 3.8 GPA at Vista Del Lago (like we said above, she is a very balanced student) while being a member of the National Honor Society and the Honor Roll. Like Kate Lanz, her favorite city is in the Midwest. While Kate's was any city, Haiden is specific with Chicago. And she wants to see New York City. So far, Haiden's biggest athletic thrill is defeating her rival school, Canyon Springs, her senior season. On an off day, Haiden enjoys going out with friends and sleeping. If Haiden could invite any three people to dinner, living or not, who would they be? In a questionnaire she filled out this summer, she listed those three as being Michael Jordan, Cynthia Cooper and Martin Luther King, Jr. Before coming to Oregon State, she spent the summer hanging out with friends and visiting family in Missouri. She also had the chance to visit Six Flags. Lastly, Haiden chose Oregon State because of head coach LaVonda Wagner and the chance to play in the Pacific-10 Conference.

Palmer and the Beavers opened up preparations for the 2009-10 season last Friday when the team was allowed its first practice by the NCAA. Stay tuned to to learn more about members of the 2009-10 and to read more about the upcoming season. OSU opens its exhibition season Nov. 2 at legendary Gill Coliseum.

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