Tillman takes aim at Top 60

Tillman takes aim at Top 60

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Tillman takes aim at Top 60

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Mike Tillman made the most of his senior season.

The Richmond sharpshooter was the Red Devils’ leading scorer, helping the program achieve heights unseen in more than a decade.

Now, Tillman takes his place among the elite seniors in the state of Indiana. Tillman has been invited to Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 Senior Workout on April 6 on the campus of Marian University in Indianapolis.

“It’s a great honor,” said RHS coach Joe Luce. “It’s not only great for him, it’s great for our program.

“Mike was part of an unbelievable season for Richmond basketball, and these are the kinds of things that come along with it.”

Tillman averaged nearly 15 points per game for the 22-3 Red Devils, as Richmond won North Central Conference and Class 4A sectional championships.

The NCC title was the first for the Red Devils since 2002, and their first outright conference championship since 1988. Richmond defeated Pendleton Heights 63-44 at New Castle to win the Devils’ first sectional crown since 1996.

The 60 players were selected from about 1,600 seniors around the state.

“I’m very excited,” Tillman said of the Top 60 Workout. “Anytime I get to play with elite competition like that I am looking forward to it.”

Tillman also led the Red Devils in 3-pointers with 89. He was a long-range threat to score from nearly the moment he crossed midcourt, with North Central coach Doug Mitchell joking that Tillman hit some shots “from the parking lot” after a February game at Tiernan Center.

Tillman also grabbed 3.4 rebounds per game.

“I’m really looking forward to everything, playing with good competition and seeing where I stack up with all of them,” Tillman said.

The Top 60 Workout is two sessions, from 1-3 p.m. and 3:30-5:30. The first session features players mainly from the northern and southern parts of the state, with the second session primarily players from central Indiana.

Brownsburg coach Steve Lynch will direct both sessions. Coaches Brent Chitty of Columbus East, Andy Hodson of Bloomington North, Stacy Meyer of Greensburg and Jason Speer of Columbus North also will assist during the workout.

Cost is $7 to attend, and both sessions are open to the public.

“It’s well-deserved,” Luce said. “I think Mike is as unique as a player who will be at that workout because of where he came from as far as working hard every year. … He’s definitely one of the most improved players I’ve been around. Just a fantastic season for him.”

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