Isabel Palmer put pen to paper earlier this week, officially committing to the Longhorns for the 2019/20 season. Image via Twitter.

Young Novocastrian talent Isabel Palmer has accepted a contract with the University of Texas, after they offered a National Letter of Intent to the Gems guard earlier this week.

Palmer, who was named 2018 New South Wales female player of the year, played for the Newcastle Hunters for seven years between 2011 and 2017, before heading overseas to link up with the Longhorns.

Palmer will be joining the Longhorns alongside Gem teammate Ashlee Hannah, who has made a similar commitment to the development team.

The University of Texas is widely regarded as one of the strongest basketballing programs in the United States, and currently sits in the top 20 rankings in the women’s division.

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Longhorns head coach Karen Aston, who confirmed the news in America, said she was “thrilled” Palmer had decided to come onboard with the Texas institute.

Palmer puts pen to paper to seal the deal with the Longhorns.

“Isabel and her family have been a joy to get to know and I believe she will add a very dynamic dimension to our program. Issy has an energy about her that is contagious,” Aston said. “She loves the game and plays it with the passion that is expected and required at this level.

“She will bring depth at the combo position for us and leadership that is needed from the guard position. Due to her experiences internationally and at the Centre of Excellence, Issy has a complete understanding of team and sacrifice. She will be a great addition to Texas Basketball.”