Tillman ready for first official visit

Three-star power forward Justin Tillman is ready to make his first official visit.

Three-star power forward Justin Tillman had an excellent summer with the REACH Legends. The Detroit (Mich) Pershing standout showed off his impressive athleticism and motor all summer long, and now he is set to take his first official visit.

"I thought the summer went really well," said Tillman. "I got to change up my game. I was able to work on the wing, play inside, face up, and just play my game."

At 6-foot-7 and 200 pounds, Tillman is one of the better rebounders in the class due to his long arms, high level athleticism, and elite motor. Now after fielding calls and offers, four schools remain firmly in the mix for Tillman.

"I have been talking to VCU, Xavier, Rhode Island, and Dayton the most," said Tillman. "I have an official visit to VCU this coming weekend."

Tillman hasn't yet seen VCU, so for him this is a big visit coming up, as he says he already has a very good relationship with the coaching staff.

"I have a really good relationship with Coach (Shaka) Smart," said Tillman. "I pretty much talk to him every day. It is a basketball school and the staff seems great. I am anxious to go out there and see their facilities and see what they have to offer."

The school on his list that Tillman is most familiar with is Xavier. Tillman has seen the Cincinnati campus multiple times, and says he has a good relationship with their coaches as well.

"I have known them for about two years," Tillman explained. "I have a really good relationship with Coach (Chris) Mack and Coach (Travis) Steele. When I went down there a few times for unofficial visits they showed me a lot. I saw the arena, the workout facility, where they study, and they talked about classroom sizes a lot. I like the fact that they have small class sizes. Also they broke it down to me and showed me how they will use me and what I would bring to their team."

One school working hard to get a visit is Dayton. The Flyers have been in touch since July and are making an impression.

"With Dayton I just started talking to them a lot in the last month," noted Tillman. "I just want to go out there and see what they have to offer because the coaches seem real good."

Tillman is the No. 25 power forward in the country, and he says that he plans to make his decision in the fall, but isn't sure exactly when.

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