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Xavier Tillman
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Xavier  Tillman

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Grand Rapids, Mich.

High School:
Grand Rapids Christian

Height / Weight:
6-8 / 260

Position:
F

10/11/2017

Men's Basketball Media Day Coverage

Quotes and photos from the 2017 Men's Basketball Media Day.

10/11/2017

Michigan State Holds Men's Basketball Media Day

Coach Izzo and players talk about expectations for 2017-18 season.

THE WORD
Strong post player with great hands • Excellent passer out of the post • High basketball IQ with great rebounding skills • Excellent defender and shot blocker.

High School
2017 Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Dream Team • Averaged 13.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 4.2 blocks as a senior, shooting 68 percent from the field • Led Grand Rapids Christian to a 27-1 record and an appearance in the Class A state title game • Totaled 25 points on 12-of-15 shooting in championship game • 2017 Associated Press Class A All-State • 2016 Associated Press Class A All-State • Averaged 16 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists as a junior, shooting 62 percent from the field while playing for Grand Rapids Christian • 2016 Detroit News Class A Second-Team All State and Detroit Free Press Fourth-Team All State • Three-time MLIVE Grand Rapids Press Dream Team (2014, 2015, 2016 -- no team in 2017) • Captured OK White Conference and district championships • Led Grand Rapids Christian to a 22-2 record and the regional semifinals • Averaged 15.5 points and 9.7 rebounds as a sophomore at Forest Hills Central where the team posted a 20-0 regular season record, advancing to the regional semifinals with a 23-1 final record • 2015 Detroit Free Press Class A All-State First Team and Detroit News Class A All-State Second Team • 2015 Associated Press Class A special mention honoree • Averaged 13.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.2 blocks as a freshman, earning Associated Press Class A special mention recognition • Rated among the Top 100 players in his class by ESPN 100 (#74), Rivals.com (#86) and 24/7 Sports (#86).

Personal
Born Jan. 12, 1999 • Son of Tanya Powell-May and Roosevelt Tillman • Mother, Tanya, was a four-year letterwinner in women's basketball at Michigan, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior (1990) and Academic All-Big Ten accolades as a sophomore (1988). She finished her career as the school's all-time leading rebounder, and still ranks fourth • Plans to major in journalism.

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