Did U of L and UK make Palacios' final cut?

6'8 forward Tello Palacios has narrowed his list to five final heavy-weights. Did Louisville and Kentucky make the cut? Are there any surprise omissions? We've got the answers.

Tello Palacios has a list of five finalists. And both Louisville and Kentucky made the cut.

The final five, according to Tello Palacios is Texas, Indiana, Florida State, Louisville, and Kentucky.

Palacios has no favorite yet, has not visited any of his remaining schools, and has no visits set up. Our Savior plays an independent schedule that consists of approximately forty games a season and doesn't have the time to visit.

"We play all the time so there is no time to go to these places during the season," said the soft-spoken Columbian in near flawless English.

His coach and headmaster, Ron Stelzer, confirmed the final five schools, "Those are the five that he told me just this morning."

The final five is a bit of a surprise since Pittsburgh and Baylor, long considered serious contenders, were noticeably absent.

When asked about each school, Palacios responded the same way.

"No, not them anymore."

He would not elaborate as to why Pitt and Baylor were eliminated, though the Bears recent off court history may have something to do with their elimination. Pittsburgh, however, is 20-1 and ranked No. 6 in the nation.

As for rumors that he may enter the NBA instead of going to college, Tello said, "It's always been my dream, but if they tell me I am not ready yet and I will go in the second round, then I will not go.

When asked for his opinion on those aspirations, Stelzer said, "I know it's his dream, but I'm sure he wouldn't pass up an education for it."

Palacios, according to Stelzer, is a very good student and he sees no problem on the SAT's which Palacios will take for the first time in March.


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