Standing out for his size and impressive athleticism, 2014 Detroit (Mich.) Pershing forward Justin Tillman had a strong showing at Michigan’s College Practice Camp on June 1. 6-7, 200-pounds, Tillman is far from an old school power forward, and much more of a hybrid four man that can get up and down the floor in a hurry.
Working with the Michigan basketball coaching staff at camp, Tillman loved the approach of Bacari Alexander, unafraid to offer 110-percent effort despite the long, four and a half hour session.
“I liked the fact that I was talking to coach Alexander and he was telling me how hard he want to work his players and develop them while they’re there,” Tillman told GoBlueWolverine. “He doesn’t just want them to be there. He told me different rules and things that help players develop and what we need to do to improve. That’s what they’re looking for.”
“I feel like the more things that motivate me, makes me work harder and if I use my talent, I can be the best I can be.”
With little time before or after camp to get a real feel for what the Michigan basketball program is all about, Tillman decided to come right back to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit with the staff Friday afternoon.
“I was just talking to coach Alexander with my AAU coach and my dad,” said Tillman. “I have a lot of interest in them. We talk a lot and we’re really cool so I wanted to go back up there and get a good look at what they have to offer.”
Receiving a full tour of Michigan’s academic facilities, including a rundown of tutor programs as well as the building designated for student athletes hoping to study, Tillman was riding around with the Wolverines in style, taking in some of the entertaining sites Ann Arbor has to offer.
“We were riding around campus in like a golf cart,” said Tillman. “He was telling me about all of the stuff on campus, places to eat at, the dorms, and all that.”
Tillman said he and his father didn’t go into too much detail after the visit, but dad did say he’s definitely, “interested,” in the Wolverines as a possible landing place for his son.
Michigan and John Beilein didn’t extend a scholarship offer to Tillman on the trip but did provide a blueprint for how that might be possible on the AAU circuit this summer.
“They said they haven’t really seen me play because I got injured during my high school season,” said Tillman. “They want to take July to evaluate me and watch me.”