Tillman On Wolfpack's Radar

WESTFIELD, In. -- N.C. State is still going after Class of 2017 big man Xavier Tillman very hard as the Michigan native caught up with Pack Pride.

N.C. State is still going after Class of 2017 big man Xavier Tillman very hard as the Michigan native caught up with Pack Pride.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Tillman is running with Spiece Indy Heat in the Nike EYBL this spring as he's still hearing from a lot of schools.

"It's pretty even right now, but it's Marquette, Purdue, Michigan State, Notre Dame, N.C. State," Tillman said.

"Oklahoma just called yesterday. Florida texted me earlier."

The skilled forward likes the feel of the N.C. State team and program and they're still a factor.

"Good people. Everyone is together all the time and they have a real brotherhood at N.C. State," Tillman said.

Tillman hasn't set any visits yet and likely won't have any until June. Until then, he has a few things he is looking for in a future school.

"I want a school that is really interested in me, so when I get there, I'm ready to develop and they can mold me into the best player that I can be," Tillman said.

"I watch how they use [big men] and I kind of work on what they're doing. I work on the little stuff with my game so I'm ready for the college level."

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To get in shape and get prepared, Tillman has been doing extra activities lately to get in proper conditioning.

"A lot of running, a lot of biking and just getting in the gym and doing little stuff. Post moves, boxing out and stuff like that," Tillman said.

"My body, size and IQ don't really go together. I have a high IQ but I'm not the most athletic guy out there. So I'm just trying to make sure that I'm good in every single aspect of the game."

During the spring, Tillman has averaged 11.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 68 percent from the field and 60 percent from the free-throw line.

"It's been okay. I think I've shown a lot of leadership and a lot of effort. I have work to do offensively and with my conditioning," Tillman said of the spring. "Everybody is big and athletic and they can run and nobody is tired."

Tillman is considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 17 overall power forward in the Class of 2017.


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