Phil Tollestrup biography

Phil Tollestrup

Basketball Player


Who is Phil Tollestrup?

Phil Tollestrup is a former Olympic basketball player as a member of the Canadian national men's basketball team during the 1970s.

Six feet, six inches tall forward, Tollestrup attributes the development of his basketball ability to his being able to practice on a daily basis both at his school gym, where his father was janitor, and at the local cultural centre, which has an open gym. The native of Raymond, Alberta was later a member of his local basketball team which won the provincial youth basketball championship in 1967 and '68. He played college basketball at Brigham Young University, and was a teammate of Cougar and Yugoslav legend Kresimir Cosic. He then played an additional year of college ball with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns where for 1972-3 he was named Male Pronghorn Athlete of the Year and a CIAU All-Canadian. He then played professionally with a club in the Spanish first division for the 1973-4 season, Saski Baskonia - TAU CerĂ¡mica.

Tollestrup participated in the 1971, '75, and '79 Pan Am Games, 1973 World Student Games, the 1974 FIBA World Championship, and the 1976 Summer Olympics. He finished the Olympics as the tournament's 3rd leading scorer as the Canadians finished just out of the medals in fourth place.

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on July 23, 2013


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