According to his AAU team's Twitter account, four star big man Xavier Tillman (MI) has received a scholarship offer from the Illinois Fighting Illini. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound prospect is rated as the No. 82 overall player and No. 17 power forward in 247Sports' composite rankings.
Congrats to Xavier Tillman on his offer to University of Illinois.— Spiece Indy Heat (@indy_heat) May 24, 2016
In addition to Illinois, Tillman holds offers from Kentucky and Purdue. He's also heard from Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio State, Iowa, and Louisville.
Tillman plays AAU ball with the Spiece Indy Heat on Nike's EYBL circuit; he's averaged 13.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game so far this Spring.
Scouting Report (via Future150.com)
Tillman is a solid 6'5 PF from Grand Rapids, Michigan who is very active on the basketball court. Tillman has a great frame, and runs the court very well end to end. Tillman also has a great nose for the ball and rebounds at a very high level on both ends. Tillman uses his body to bang and get to the foul line during games. Tillman also has some explosion to his game, finishing above the rim with authority for a 2017 kid.
- Shooting: Good
- Dribbling: Average
- Passing: Average
- Rebounding: Excellent
- Intangibles: Good
2017 Illinois Basketball Recruiting Class
With Mike Thorne Jr. and Maverick Morgan graduating after the 2016-17 season, Illinois desperately needs to start prioritizing front court players for the class-of-2017. The coaching staff is continuing to devote plenty of resources towards five-star Illinois native Jeremiah Tilmon, but they've also been pulling the trigger on a few other second-tier targets. Four-star forward Victor Uyaelunmo is one of those names to keep an eye on, as the Illini extended an offer a few weeks ago.
Looking for more on Illinois' class-of-2017 recruiting efforts? You can click here to see a list of all the documented scholarship. You can also view an illustration of the program's future rosters right here.