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Getting to Know U: Junior Isabel Palmer

Nov 5, 2021

Utah's Isabel Palmer enters her second season with the Utes. She transferred to Utah before the start of the 2020-21 season. She sat out last year because of NCAA transfer rules. Before collegiate basketball, Palmer was a member of a U17 Australia World Cup Team in 2018. She helped lead them to a bronze medal and averaged 11.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists during World Cup Qualifying. She played basketball at Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence.
 
Palmer recently caught up with UtahUtes.com to chat about why she is looking forward to this season, what made her fall in love with the game, and what her dream job is after graduation.
 
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Q: When did you start playing basketball? Who was your favorite player growing up? 
A: I started playing basketball when I was around five years old. Growing up, I loved to watch Sue Bird and Leilani Mitchell play as I got more involved with the sport.
 
Q: What about the sport of basketball made you fall in love with it?
A: I loved how competitive and fast-paced the sport was. I loved how everyone, no matter their position or size, could get involved in some capacity both offensively and defensively. I also loved how physical and skilled you had to be to play the game and how many factors went into being an impact player.
 
Q: What about the University of Utah made you want to continue your career here?
A: It was honestly just the coaching staff and talking with some of the players who had reached out to me. After only about a week in the transfer portal, I knew I wanted to be here and play in this program because of the people that make up this place. I didn't get to have an official visit due to the pandemic, so my decision was purely based on the people and how I was wanted.
 
Q: What has been your favorite part about playing basketball at Utah so Far?
A: I love how diverse our team is and the tempo at which we play at. There are so many different styles of play and skillsets in our team that it is fun to adapt and try and figure out how each other operate on the court. I love that we are an unselfish team with a pass-first mentality. It makes playing basketball and our system so much more enjoyable to play in and entertaining to watch.
 
Q: What is your dream job and why? 
A: My dream job would have to be working in sports medicine, trying to help out athletes who have endured similar struggles to me regarding injuries. It would allow me to be sociable and stay around the sport I love!
 
Q: What was it like growing up in your hometown? Any specific memories that stand out? 
A: It was super fun, and there was always something to keep you busy. I grew up in a coastal city well known for its beaches, so I spent a lot of time outside and in the water growing up. I'd play Saturday morning sports and then go and watch every member of my family play throughout the day until the sun went down, which was what I remember most about growing up in my family. My family is heavily immersed in the local basketball and rugby communities, so many of the things we did revolved around those sporting clubs.
 
Q: What is your favorite basketball moment growing and why?
A: My favorite basketball moment growing up would have to be winning the U12 state championship with my dad as the head coach. It was a memorable game because our team hadn't performed too well a couple of years prior, so we were underdogs for most of the season. This is where I knew basketball was really going to become something serious for me and that I just wanted to keep getting better.
 
Q: What is something people might not know about you?
A: I'm a dual citizen of both America and Australia and have both sides of my family on two completely opposite sides of the world. 
 
Q: What are you most looking forward to this season?
A: I'm most looking forward to us just competing as a team. We are a super competitive bunch that honestly loves to get to work and enjoys being out on the court around each other. I'm most excited about our Pac-12 games and moving on up the ladder because we truly do have the talent and capacity to do so.
 
Q: What is it like playing in the Jon M. Huntsman Center?
A: I am yet to experience that, but it is something that I'm super excited about. I love the vibe and feel of our gym and knowing that we get the chance to fill the stands with actual people this year rather than cardboard cutouts, which excites me the most!
 
Q: How appreciative are you for our fans?
A: I am super appreciative of our fans. Those who are behind us and support us genuinely mean so much to this program. It is just a reward for all of our work, knowing that we have people behind us that want to see us do well.
 
Q: If you could tell our fans one thing, what would it be?
A: I would tell our fans to be as loud as possible at our home games. We missed having them there last year, and their presence is what helps us get over the line in those closer games. I would also tell them that our team is going to be super exciting to watch and that they won't want to miss a game!
 
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