Xavier Tillman Rumors
The Memphis Grizzlies today announced that the team acquired the draft rights to Michigan State University forward Xavier Tillman Sr., the No. 35 overall pick in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft, from the Sacramento Kings for the draft rights to Mississippi State University forward Robert Woodard II (No. 40 overall) and a 2022 second round draft pick. Tillman (6-8, 245) was named the 2019-20 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and selected to the 2019-20 All-Big Ten Second Team after recording 13.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.19 steals and 2.10 blocks in 32.1 minutes over 31 games (all starts) last season as a junior at Michigan State. Tillman led all Big Ten players in defensive rebounds (237) and ranked third in total rebounds (320) and fourth in blocks (65).
18 Nov 20
I’d love to hear about your defensive identity and your defensive role, and how you feel that’ll translate into the NBA. Xavier Tillman: The first thing that I would say is that I am vocal and I am an anchor on defense. I am the guy who is calling out all the screens on the back end, calling out all the coverages. I’m the guy who watches a lot of film and I call the plays out as soon as they come out. I help my teammates navigate through all of them. Getting everybody on board, that’s what I’m good at.