At least that was the case for Louisville on Tuesday.
On the same day its most coveted prospect in years, Sebastian Telfair, announced his decision to enter the NBA Draft instead of playing for Rick Pitino, the former NBA coach landed his most coveted prospect of the spring in Our Savior (N.Y.) 6-foot-8 Tello Palacios.
"Louisville has a great coach," Palacios said. "At the same time, I feel like they have the best opportunity to play in the tournament and win a championship next season. And winning is important to me."
"It was very close between the three," he added. "But I just felt more comfortable with the situation at Louisville. I really like all of their coaches."
"I'll play the 3/4," Palacios continued. "It was just the best situation for me and I'll get to play with some real good players."
Expected to announce his decision late last week, Palacios, a native of Columbia, explained that this was a very difficult choice for him to make.
"It's different for me," Palacios said. "The guys that grow up here a lot of times have a favorite team that they grew up wanting to play for. But I didn't grow up in this country and didn't have a favorite team. So I wanted to get to know the schools and the coaches before I made my decision."