Zach Tillman, Shipley School’s outstanding big man, has signed a letter of intent to play his college basketball at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. Tillman, a 6-foot-9, 280 pound forward, will be playing Division I basketball with the Hawks next season.
“I really liked the team,” Tillman said. I really like the chemistry that the team and the coaching staff had. They seem real close knit. It seems like everybody really liked each other. Everybody seems to have a common goal. I also liked the school and location. They have the physical education major that I was looking at. It’s not far from the area. It’s a two hour drive away.”
Monmouth plays in the Northeast Conference. The league features teams such as Robert Morris, Wagner, Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Francis (Pa.) and Central Connecticut State.
“They have some pretty good competition,” Tillman said. “I think we definitely have a chance to win the conference. They have a good out-of-league schedule. They play a few top 20 teams every year.”
Tillman should be a solid player around the basket for the Hawks. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.8 rebounds a game.
“I try to use my body in the paint,” he said. “I can finish pretty good around the rim. I feel like I pass the ball pretty well out of the post. I have a pretty good mid-range shot. I just like to do whatever is needed to play basketball.”
Tillman started playing basketball at Francis Myers Recreation Center near 58th Street and Kingsessing Avenue. He also played a lot of basketball at Bell Avenue and Evans Elementary School in Yeadon where he lives.
Tillman will join Ky Howard and Isaiah Baker from Shipley School as Division I basketball players. Howard plays for NJIT. Baker plays for Holy Cross.
“We all played at the same time one year,” Tillman said. “We’re pretty close. I’m really proud of those guys.”