Michigan State forward/center Xavier Tillman has really impressed. The background is that he has a genuine love of the game that informs everything he does on the court. He watches tape constantly, and it shows in his anticipation and basketball IQ on both ends of the floor. In interviews, he’s impressed with his recall of certain sequences, his understanding of the role he’d be likely to play, and the way that he can explain and break down certain concepts. His maturity and professionalism has also stood out for teams. He’s also extremely intelligent, as his Academic All-American status from this past season — while raising two kids, no less — shows.
-In general, Tillman is seen as being one of the most “on the fence” players in the draft in regard to whether he’s going to stay in the draft or come out. No decision has been made. He’s also one of the players where I would say overall consensus differs most from where I have him ranked. I comfortably have him at No. 21 right now, and he’ll certainly get a first-round grade from me. But teams see him more as a second-rounder right now because of a perceived lack of upside. This is the kind of immediate role player that I’m comfortable betting on.
If teams see him with low upside, staying another year won’t change that.
It surprises me kofi is so low. Old school bigs are started today be undervalued imo. Vernon Carey and Isaiah Stewart are going to go in the 20s or maybe even second round for Carey and that’s outrageous. Both of them are going to have nice nba careers with potential for more.
So guys can now declare for the draft who had previously decided to stay at school after the previous deadline? I can’t think of many Big 10 players who would do this, but definitely some across the country.