The NBA Draft process continues to change, and it’s particularly unique this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the delays in the NBA’s schedule. And one player going through this unique process right now is Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman. And in a really cool development, Tillman opted to join a recent NBA Draft breakdown. It’s certainly not something you would have seen years ago, even though it’s really entertaining.
You can see the full breakdown here:
PBC 2020 NBA Draft Remote Film Room— Jon Chepkevich (@JonChep) April 16, 2020
Ep. 4: Xavier Tillman (@Rookiedunker)
6’8” | 245 lbs. | F | @MSU_Basketball
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Tillman has played three seasons in East Lansing and averaged an impressive 13.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game last year. He was vitally important in Michigan State’s run to the Final Four in 2019 and really grew over his career. Many think he could be the team’s best player next season if he decides to return and forego the NBA for another year.
From a Draft perspective, Tillman is in that tricky spot where he could land anywhere from the mid-1st to the late 2nd Round. Most projections have him landing somewhere in the early 2nd Round, but it’s hard to gauge. Sam Vecenie has him going 37th to the Washington Wizards. It’s hard to say that would be a bad landing spot for the big game. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see what ends up happening.