Tollackson Gets Ready for Freshman Year

Spencer Tollackson was considered the top recruit for the Minnesota Gopher basketball team. Tollackson led Chaska to a 30-2 mark and the Class AAAA state title. He was named Minnesota's Mr. Basketball, Minneapolis Star-Tribune Metro Player of the Year and the Gatorade and Associated Press State Player of the Year. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Tollackson to get the latest on him from his skirmish with Oklahoma big man Johnnie Gilbert this summer to getting ready for his freshman season.

Spencer Tollackson was a three-time member of the AP and St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State Team. He was a three-time all-Lake Conference selection and finished his career as the all-time leading scorer in Chaska High School and Lake Conference history with 1,868 points. Tollackson had career totals of 1,868 points, 864 rebounds, 258 assists 172 blocks and 126 steals and lettered seven times in high school, four times in basketball and three times in baseball. Tollackson, who can throw a fastball in the high 80's, hopes to also play baseball for the Gophers.


You appear to be in really good shape. What types of things did you do during the summer to get yourself ready for your freshman season?


"This summer, we pretty much played three nights a week. Go up and have open gym and stuff. Working out with the team and the new strength coach. He really knows his stuff and what he is talking about. Just lifting weights and getting my body in better shape. Just playing. Going to the gym with the guys and just shooting. Trying to get a thousand shots a week."


What do weigh now?


"I weighed in at 272, but I weighed in this summer at 249. I've put on some weight, but it is better weight. It is good weight. This is the heaviest I have ever been in my life, but I feel like it is a lot better weight than I used to weigh. They want me to be up to 280 before the season starts and then drop 10 or 15 pounds. I'm trying to get up to 280 like they said. I'm still working out and stuff."


What is the latest on trying to play baseball?


"I've still got to talk to the (baseball) coaches before the basketball season starts. I still want to play and they still want me to play. So, it is looking good."


Talk a little about the scrimmages this summer. I heard that you played well and I heard a story about you and Oklahoma power forward Johnnie Gilbert, who was in town scrimmaging with you guys.


"We were going at each other one-on-one for awhile there, but it's just a good time. You are playing with the guys and get to know how everybody plays. Everyone has their days and everyone has their off days, but it was a good run."

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