After spending the last three seasons with Michigan State, Xavier Tillman is taking the opportunity to test the NBA waters this offseason. The junior forward announced his decision to enter the draft on Tuesday via his Twitter account.
However, Tillman plans to keep all of his options open at this point, and gather as much information as possible before making a decision. Unlike the NFL Draft and college football, college basketball players are permitted to declare for the NBA Draft and return to school if that decision is made before a specific date.
“With the support of my family and coaches I have decided to test the waters and will enter my name in the 2020 NBA Draft,” Tillman said in a statement. “It is important for me to gather as much information as possible before making this decision. Throughout the process I will be keeping my college eligibility.”
— Xavier Tillman (@Rookiedunker) March 24, 2020
Tillman averaged a double-double for the Spartans this season, averaging 14.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. He also posted 2.4 blocks and 1.4 steals per contest for the 2019-20 season.
Tillman was a big reason for Michigan State’s success this season, helping lead the team to a third-straight B1G title. He will have one year of eligibility remaining, should he choose to return to East Lansing next season.