Tillman bounces back strong

Power forward Justin Tillman battled an injury as a junior, but his athleticism and motor are making high major schools take a close look.

Class of 2014 power forward Justin Tillman out of Detroit (Mich.) Pershing is someone who brings a good combination of size and athleticism to the table. After missing the first part of his junior year with an injury, Tillman is ready to show people what he can do this spring and summer.

"I feel like I played good to make up from all of the time I missed out on," said Tillman of his junior year. "I think I did a good job of scoring in the paint, playing defense, blocking shots, and rebounding."

At about 6-foot-7 and 200 pounds, Tillman is a good athlete who can finish well around the rim and just has the nose to know how to rebound. That combination has some top schools in the area turning up the attention on him.

"Michigan, Xavier, Iowa State, Iowa, DePaul, Purdue, Oakland, Detroit, and a few others are recruiting me," said Tillman. "I have an offer from Oakland."

The Wolverines have stayed in touch with Tillman, and they will continue to monitor him this spring and summer.

"It is good that a school that is in the top 10 sees my talents and likes me," said Tillman of Michigan. "It is close to home and I like them."

Tillman's high school team visited Xavier last June, and the Musketeers have been in close contact ever since.

"They tell me I would be a great forward for them and I could be very effective," said Tillman of Xavier. "Their coaches and I have a good relationship."

Also the Purdue Boilermakers are starting to pick up the interest in Tillman, and will be taking a look at him this spring.

"I don't know a lot about Purdue, but I am hearing from them and they stay in contact," said Tillman.

With AAU play set to get under way in the next few weeks, Tillman's goal is simple.

"I am hoping to show people my skill and improvement, and how much better I am from last summer," said Tillman.

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