40 - Caleb Palkert
|High School:||Southwest Christian HS|
High School: A standout post player at Southwest Christian High School for head coach Austin Dyck... named one of the Top 40 Prospects in Minnesota by Rivals.com, coming in at No. 24... a three-year letterman and two-year starter after being moved to the Stars' varsity squad as a sophomore... served as a reserve player as a sophomore... averaged 2.8 points and 1.3 rebounds per game... had a breakout year as a junior with the Stars... the team leader... averaged a double-double with 15.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game... led Southwest Christian to a 17-11 record... led the Stars to a second-place finish in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association with an 8-2 record... finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, four blocked shots and three steals to lead Southwest Christian to a 45-42 victory over Maranatha in the championship game of the conference tournament... the win marked the Stars' first-ever conference tournament championship in school history... prior to last season, Southwest Christian's best finish in the conference tournament was third place... Maranatha entered the game undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state in Class A... helped the team advance to the sub-sectional finals before losing to Maranatha to end the season... led the Stars to a second-place finish in the conference as a senior... Southwest Christian finished the year with a 20-7 overall record and a 10-3 mark in the league... averaged 20.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game... led the Stars to their first ever appearance in the sectionals of the state tournament... averaged 19 points and 15 rebounds per game in the state tournament... earned first team all-conference honors... an honorable mention all-state pick... a member of the Minnesota All-Star team... the team MVP... helped lead the Starts to a 56-27 record in three years on the varsity squad... a first team all-conference selection after leading the league with 4.6 blocked shots per game as a junior, nearly a full three blocks better than his closest competitor... also ranked second in the league in rebounding... averaged 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game... owns the single-season school record for blocks in a season with 49 as a junior... played AAU ball for the Minnesota Magic. Personal: Born on Jan. 20, 1991 in Minneapolis, Minn... son of Thomas and Brenda Palkert... has three sisters, Emily, Lydia and Abby... has not decided on a major... hobbies include playing basketball, fishing and playing video games... likes eating everything... favorite season is summer... favorite sports figure is LeBron James... his dad was his hero growing up.