Playerswiki When he's with his family, that's his world, that's what he's focused on. There’s no such thing as a normal day for Xavier Tillman, especially not Valentine’s Day. Thomas Kithier #15. 36.1k Followers, 1,817 Following, 142 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Xavier Tillman Sr. (@xavier_tillman23) Joey Hauser #20. I said it before, I’ll say it again: Xavier has taught me a lot about how to handle tough situations more than I’ve taught him and I just love the kid for that.”, Xavier knew heading to college as a soon-to-be dad wasn’t ideal but said, “When kids look up to NBA players or college players, it’s like ‘I want to be like them.’ So, when they look up to me, I want to be able to tell them you got to make sure you do all the right things. Braden Burke #40. “The whole summer it was, ‘OK, if we go back and do what Nick was good at, plus what I'm good at, then we're going to be a really good team, so teams like Texas Tech won't be able to just guard the ball screen.’ That was my goal — to work on my post moves and work on my footwork, work on my reads and my patience, my strength in the post. They set a date and booked the venue before the start of Michigan State's season, and decided to only send out wedding invites, rather than save-the-dates. The family lives together in a family housing unit at Michigan State University.

“This is one of those win-win-wins,” Izzo said. She said to Spartan Tailgate, “Being a student-athlete myself, I know the rigors and demands they have on student-athletes and the additional possible burden of a family. There seems little doubt Tillman will make the necessary jump this season. Ayanna is Tillman's daughter with his fiancé, Tamia Todd. © 2020 The Detroit News, a Digital First Media Newspaper. Please only use it for a guidance and Xavier Tillman's actual income may vary a lot from the dollar amount shown above. [16] Tillman grabbed a career-best 12 rebounds on March 18, 2018, in a 55–53 loss to Syracuse in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. [4] His decision sparked a legal dispute between his parents, because his father supported his transfer, while his mother wanted him to remain at Forest Hills Central. Xavier Tillman Sr. #23. I don’t even know how to explain it. In high school, she played on the lacrosse team.

She’s not 3 yet, so that’s understandable.”. Tillman guarded Zion Williamson, first overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, for much of the game. And it's close to home. He would have received a scholarship of  $28,862 annually. While Tamia works a babysitting job, in addition to her school responsibilities, much of the daily parenting during basketball season falls to her which is not lost on Xavier. [33] Parker was a two-time state champion in both wrestling and rugby while attending Forest Hills Central High School and played football for Northwood University. [15] On November 19, he posted a career-high nine points, five rebounds, and three blocks in a 93–71 victory over Stony Brook. But with Ward gone, Tillman is now the man in the middle for the Spartans, and that means taking his game to another level. “They’re arguing over who gets her,” the future Mrs. Tillman said. [23] On March 31, in the Elite Eight round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament, he matched his career-high in scoring with 19 points and nine rebounds to help his team defeat first-seeded Duke, 68–67.

Tillman is 20 years old and a big part of Michigan State’s run to college basketball’s big stage. It was necessary, Izzo believes. So, how does Tillman balance being a power forward, college student and a father? Tillman Sr, along with his wife, is living a balanced life taking care of their family and having the time to play basketball. 1 Duke. – Just might be the cutest MSU cheerleader I’ve ever seen ‍♀️ #happyhalloween, A post shared by Tamia Tillman (@tamiatillman__) on Oct 31, 2017 at 4:28pm PDT. "I’ll give my feedback but she’s doing a great job with it. Julius Marble #34. I wasn’t involved with what I was wearing. She’s pursuing her goals that God has given her. USA TODAY's Scott Gleeson gives each team a reason to feel like they can win (or lose) it all. [11][12][13] On September 30, 2016, he verbally committed to play for Michigan State over Marquette and Purdue, saying, "They play the best competition, as well as they're such great guys. She’s been her father’s biggest cheerleader since she was old enough to walk. [3] His parents divorced in 2010 and shared physical and legal custody over him.

), PEARL: Opinion: Auburn's Bruce Pearl symbolizes the rot in college athletics, DOMINATION NEEDED: Duke needs Zion to be great. he was born and raised in Grand Rapids. ", Ahrens, a redshirt junior, has yet to play in the NCAA tournament after suffering a severe ankle sprain in the Big Ten title game. Named to the preseason All-Big Ten team, Tillman is primed for a huge season, and refining his entire game will help him do that, particularly getting better scoring in the post. One reason why each Sweet 16 team can win (or lose) it all. “After the honeymoon it was getting my weight back down,” Tillman said. Because this is going to be your way to provide for your family. 36.1k Followers, 1,817 Following, 142 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Xavier Tillman Sr. (@xavier_tillman23)

The 21-year-old hasn't earned any income from his basketball career as he is a college player and has yet to be drafted by the major league. The first time Tillman met Todd, they were introduced by mutual friends and he complimented her tattoos. He’s done it every year he’s been at Michigan State, and he’s done it while still being a dad, and now a husband. 10 Michigan State Uses Second Half Run to Beat Rutgers, 71-60", "Big Ten Unveils Men's Basketball Postseason Honors on BTN", "Michigan State's Xavier Tillman shines vs. Duke's Zion Williamson", "No. “Her charisma, she’s so outgoing and she’s so funny, she’s so nice and she just has the biggest heart and she’s so friendly. After every game, Tillman goes court side to give his daughter a hug and a kiss, a tradition that could soon take place in a much bigger arena, with him wearing a professional team’s jersey. – It doesn't make sense how fast the first month flew by , A post shared by Tamia Tillman (@tamiatillman__) on Jan 3, 2017 at 4:06pm PST, Junior point guard Cassius Winston taught Yanni how to sandwich two Oreo cookies together. MSU's Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston at Big Ten media day. He’s got a daughter to put to bed. [6] As a senior, Tillman averaged 13.9 points, 10.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 4.2 blocks per game, guiding his school to a Class A state championship game appearance. [31], Tillman is the son of Roosevelt Tillman and Tanya Powell-May. Last year he started playing outside a little bit more, forgetting he's got to get back in there. "You think you only have to do certain stuff, but there’s so much that goes into it that you don’t realize.".

Xavier Tillman Sr. #23. ", Contributing: Jeff Seidel and Shawn Windsor of The Detroit Free Press. She’s the kind of person that you want there in his corner. Oh, and to add to all of that, Ayanna — or “Yanni” as everyone calls her — is about to become a big sister. Ahrens is tying the knot with Janelle Mangen, whom he's dated since his freshman year of high school, at the end of July. The couple welcomed their second child Xavier Tillman Jr. on 17 February 2020. She’s learning to be very sassy, so she doesn’t always listen the best anymore.”, “Every night before she goes to bed we always go over the alphabet, her numbers, colors and then she has two favorite books we read.

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