Juan Palacios
Juan Palacios


Medellin, Colombia

High School:
Our Savior New American

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 250





Men's Basketball Concludes Home Swing with Houston on Thursday

Louisville is shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line through the last five games.


Louisville vs. Villanova (AP photos)

Louisville vs. Villanova (AP photos)

Junior Year:

  • Full name is Juan Diego Tello Palacios (pronounced TAY-jo -- Tello / pah-LAW-see-ohs -- Palacios).
  • Produced two double-doubles as a junior and 12 in his career. He grabbed seven or more rebounds in 10 games last season.
  • Ranked fourth on the Cards in scoring (8.9) and third in rebounding (5.5).
  • Scored a season-high 20 points vs. Savannah State while adding eight rebounds, four steals and two assists.
  • After recovering from a strained neck and shoulder (sustained Dec. 27) that bothered him for six games, he scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed six rebounds vs. DePaul in 23 minutes on Jan. 20.
  • Missed five of the last seven games with back spasms. He did not practice with the team from Feb. 17 through March 10.

    Sophomore Year:

  • Double-figure scorer in 17 games as a sophomore. He grabbed seven or more rebounds on 14 occasions.
  • Had 13 boards, eight points, four assists and three blocked shots vs. Missouri State in the NIT quarterfinals.
  • Scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed five rebounds at Connecticut.
  • Produced fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds vs. Marquette.
  • Totalled 14 points and 11 rebounds at West Virginia (2/25/06).
  • Had a double-double vs. Cincinnati with 19 points and 12 rebounds (1/25/06).
  • Named MVP of the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Classic with 19 points against Miami, sinking a career-best four three-point goals.
  • Opened the season with 16 points, 11 rebounds and three assists vs. UT-Martin, just four days after he had begun fully practicing with the Cardinals.
  • Scored a season-high 19 points against Prairie View A&M, adding five rebounds. He was named to the Colonial Classic All-Tournament team.
  • Led the Cards with 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocks at Kentucky.
  • Good complete game against Akron, producing 17 points, eight rebounds and a career-high six assists. He hit 5-of-8 field goals, including 3-of-5 threes.
  • Hampered as a sophomore while recovering from an injury to his right foot sustained in a pickup game on July 13, 2005. He returned to practice on Nov. 16.

    Freshman Year:

  • Starting forward on the Cards' front line that Coach Rick Pitino has compared favorably to New Orleans Hornets forward Jamal Mashburn, who Pitino coached at Kentucky.
  • Honored on the Rivals.com Freshman All-America third team.
  • His six double-doubles as a freshman were the 10th best for a Conference USA player on the season.
  • Averaged nearly eight rebounds in the Cards' eight postseason tournament games including grabbing 12 against TCU in the C-USA Tournament (3/10/05), his second-best effort of the year.
  • Had 12 points and 11 rebounds against Georgia Tech in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (3/20/05).
  • Had 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals against Memphis in the championship game of the C-USA Tournament (3/12/05).
  • Among the C-USA leaders in field goal percentage (9th, .488) and rebounding (11th, 6.5).
  • Had 10 points, five rebounds and two steals at UAB, where he hit two free throws with three seconds left to ice the win (2/5/05).
  • Produced his fourth career double-double vs. Cincinnati in Freedom Hall with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 8-of-10 shooting from the field (2/2/05).
  • Emerged as one of the nation's top freshmen. Among Conference USA Freshmen, he was second in the league in rebounding; third in scoring, field goal percentage and steals; fourth in blocked shots; and fifth in three-point percentage.
  • Had his third career double-double at Tulane with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 steals.
  • Had 20 points and four rebounds vs. Houston (1/6/05).
  • Scored 23 points -- his second highest of the season -- grabbed seven rebounds and had two steals against TCU (1/8/05).
  • Produced his first career double-double against IUPUI with a career-high 25 points, 10 rebounds and four steals (12/21/04). He earned all-tournament honors in the Billy Minardi Classic. Also had a double-double vs. ECU (12 points, 10 rebounds).
  • Suffered a contusion and corneal scratch to his left eye against Kentucky early in the second half. He had 11 points and two rebounds in 20 minutes before his injury. He wore protective eyeware for the remainder of the season.

    High School:

  • Averaged 20.2 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals as a senior as Our Savior New American, located in Centereach, N.Y., posted a 24-18 record. He shot 51 percent from the field and 71 percent at the free throw line.
  • Third-team All-America selection by USA Today, ranking him among the nation's top 15 prep players.
  • Received notable acclaim from national recruiting services, ranking as the nation's No. 27 prospect and seventh among power forwards by InsidersHoops.com, No. 30 overall and a top ten power forward prospect by Rivals.com, and was tied for 10th nationally by The Hoop Scoop.
  • Produced 26 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in the championship game of the Flyin' to the Hoop tournament, earning MVP honors.
  • Had 10 points and five rebounds in just 13 minutes as a member of the World Select team at the 2004 Hoop Summit in San Antonio, Texas on April 4.
  • Named the Co-Most Outstanding Player of the National Association of Christian Athletes Division I National Tournament as a senior as Our Savior New American was the national runner-up at the event for the second straight year.
  • After putting soccer aside to begin playing basketball at the age of 12, Palacios earned a spot as a 14-year-old on Colombia's under-18 national team. He moved to New York in 2001, where he has played the last three seasons at Our Savior New American.
  • As a junior, Palacios averaged 17.5 points and 7.6 rebounds, leading his team to a 30-11 record while hitting 38 percent of his three-point attempts. He was the MVP of his team's division at the 2002 Holiday Prep Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. and the 2002 Bull City Classic in Durham, N.C. as a junior.
  • Chose Louisville after narrowing his options to Baylor and Florida State.


  • Born May 11, 1985 ... Son of Maria Cevera Tello Palacios ... Major is communication.
  • Personal goal at U of L is to "improve every day in every area of my life."
  • Enjoys listening to music and talking to people in his spare time.
  • Feels Will Smith would be the best actor to play him in a movie.
  • Chose to attend U of L because of "Coach Pitino and the opportunity to learn in basketball and academically."
  • Best basketball advice given to him was "I can do everything through Jesus Christ."
  • What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino is how much influence he has over others.
  • Most proud of his mother.
  • Wanted to wear No. 3 because of the divine Trinity.
  • His mother Maria Cevera Tello Palacios had the greatest influence on his athletic career.
  • When he played basketball as a kid, he pretended he was Michael Jordan.
  • Would most like to meet the president of China.


  • Basketball Player: Francisco Garcia
  • Athlete, Other than a basketball player: Tiger Woods
  • TV Show: no time for TV
  • Book: Bible
  • Musical Group/Singer: Gilberto Santarosa
  • Foods: Spanish foods
  • Midnight Snack: ice cream
  • Vacation spot: Colombia
  • Best Player Ever Faced: Carmelo Anthony
    • American Athletic Conference NCAA University of Louisville
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