Tello Palacios Has List

Tello Palacios went back to Columbia this past summer to rehab from a knee injury, but that isn't what's slowed down his recruitment. In this day and age of kids signing early, numerous schools have decided to pass on the 6-8, 250-pound senior because he will wait until the spring to sign.

Tello (pronounced Tay-Joe) Palacios got a chance to go home and see his mother for the first time in two years this past summer, but it cost him a chance to attend ABCD and the NBA Players Association Camp.

The 6-8, 250-pound Our Savior New American (N.Y.) versatile senior forward suffered a knee injury prior to the summer that swayed him to return home to Columbia for the first time since coming to the United States in May of 2001.

Palacios (No. 27, spent the majority of his time rehabbing his knee, which he says is now close to 100 percent.

``I'm becoming explosive again," Palacios said. "When I first started practicing, I was slow. But I'm feeling great right now."

While his recovery is speeding up, his recruitment is still going at a snails pace. Palacios has made it clear he will not commit and sign anywhere until the spring – for a variety of reasons.

His ultimate goal is to make the jump directly to the NBA, but he will also put the decision on hold because two of his former teammates at Our Savior, Oumar Sylla (Valparaiso) and Konimba Diarra (South Florida), saw their head coaches leave prior to their freshman seasons.

``I feel that if I perform well during the season, I can probably be in the draft," Palacios said.

``You sign because of the coach, especially when you don't come from this area," Palacios added. "Sometimes you're not sure if he's going to stay or not and that's part of the reason I'm going to wait."

Palacios is also relatively new to the country and is still in the process of researching the schools that have been recruiting him.

Both Louisville and Florida were interested in Palacios and made in-school visits, but both opted to take other big men rather than risking the wait until the spring.

That leaves Baylor, Pittsburgh and St. John's as the three leaders in his recruitment. UCLA and Florida State could also become players as well. Baylor coach Scott Drew recruited Sylla while he was at Valparaiso and has established a good relationship with Palacios.

``Those are three schools I like, but at the same time I don't really know," Palacios said. "I haven't talked to the coaches all that much."

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