On the same day its most coveted prospect in years, Sebastian Telfair, announced his decision to enter the NBA Draft instead of lacing up his adidas sneakers for Rick Pitino at Louisville, the future Hall of Fame coach landed his most coveted prospect of the spring signing period in 6-foot-8 Tello Palacios.
Ranked the No. 27 senior prospect in the nation by TheInsiders.com, Palacios averaged 24 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists as a senior and becomes Pitino's highest rated recruit, excepting Telfair, since taking over for Denny Crum at Louisville.
Palacios: No. 27 prospect nationally by
"Louisville has a great coach," Palacios explained. "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," Palacios said. "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 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."
Palacios said he's excited to have reached his decision and looks forward to big things next season at Louisville.
"Yes, I'm excited to have the decision behind me," Palacios said. "[I think] we will be very good. I think we'll have a chance to win a national championship next season."