2004 Spotlight: Tello Palacios

Tello Palacios feasted on opponents over the Thanksgiving break. First at the War On The Shore and then at the Bull City Classic. The power forward changed his body size and his game changed its shape.

Palacios Continues To Make Strides

Tello Palacios traded pounds for production and the transformation has been nothing but successful. The Our Savior power forward trimmed down from 260 pounds to 245 and now is a better conditioned athlete with even more scoring tools.

"I run and lift and do sit-ups," Palacios said. "I'm working very hard. I wanted to get a little faster and jump a little more. You can do more in better shape."

Last weekend at the Bull City Classic, Palacios did do more. He was named the MVP of the event and for good reason. He had over 20 points in his two games and without him, Our Savior doesn't win the championship of the National Bracket.

Palacios, an only child and native of Columbia, was playing with the Columbia Junior National team when someone spotted him and thought enough to see if he wanted to head to the U.S. to play basketball. Now, major colleges are nipping at his heels.

"I've been getting 20 letters a day," Palacios said. But, he's not in any hurry to make a decision. "That's for my senior year."

Among the schools that Palacios said are recruiting him hard is Tennessee, Valparaiso, Illinois, Indiana, Marquette, Connecticut and UNLV. "If you are from [the United States] you know what schools are better. I'll have to take a few visits to find out."

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