Xavier Tillman is a top 2017 priority

Xavier Tillman has a long list of schools showing him significant interest.

Four-star power forward Xavier Tillman has been one of the top priorities in the Midwest for a while. The burly and strong Tillman has good skill to his game, and is one of the more productive players around. Now Tillman is continuing to improve as college coaches keep calling.

“I think I bring a high motor, I bring a good post game, I block shots, I have a high IQ, and I am a team player who cares about winning a lot,” said Tillman about what he brings to the court.

Recruiting wise a long list of schools continues to be after Tillman, and the list only increased once coaches were allowed to call in June.

“I heard from Florida, UNLV, Purdue, NC State, Creighton, DePaul, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, and Marquette,” said Tillman.

Recently Tillman made unofficial visits to both Ohio State and Kentucky.

About the Ohio State trip, Tillman said, “They told me that if I went there I would get a great college experience. The fans are great there, and they told me how they would use me on the court.”

When it comes to the Wildcats, Tillman said, “Kentucky they told me flat out that if I come to their school they will prepare me to make it to the NBA.”

The first school to offer Tillman was Purdue, and the Boilermakers style of play is very intriguing to him.

“Purdue is a big man based team, so I really like that because I have a good post game,” said Tillman. “They like to throw it in the post, so that would help me a lot.”

Another school that has been extremely active in recruiting Tillman is Michigan State. Michigan State isn’t located too far from his home, and Tillman likes Tom Izzo and what he stands for.

“At Michigan State they like to move the ball and share the ball so everyone is comfortable,” explained Tillman. “Also Tom Izzo only takes players with great character so I know I won’t be on a team with people who are selfish and is all about them as an individual.”

Another school that Tillman has seen is NC State, and he came away very impressed with the facilities in Raleigh.

“NC State had a great facility,” noted Tillman. “I was only there for a few hours. I walked around their facility, saw their practice gym and their training facilities, it was great. They told me how the players have 24 hour access to the gym and stuff like that. Their facilities were really nice.”

For now Tillman is in no hurry to make a decision and says he will be taking things slow.

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