May 3, 2006

The inside scoop on J.T. Tiller

PowerMizzou.com: J.T. Tiller said he was ready to re-commit to Mike Davis. Did you get the sense Davis encouraged him to go elsewhere or what was the situation?

Justin Young: I'm not sure I got the feeling either way. In the end, I think it was just a matter of Tiller wanting to play for the guy that he originally committed to. Mike Anderson's style of play fits Tiller much better than Davis's style of play.

PM: You've seen Tiller play a number of times. In simple terms, what are his strengths and weaknesses?

JY: Tiller's strength is his motor and his do-whatever-it-takes attitude. He has a couple of state championships under his belt and he played a big part in that. Oftentimes he had the challenge of guarding the team's best player and generally lived up to the challenge. That is his best attribute. He'll really defend. There aren't a lot of high schoolers that do anymore. Tiller does and does it well.

PM: Anderson has made mention that he'll have to recruit a different level of player at MU than he did at UAB. What makes Tiller a candidate to play at this level?

JY: Tiller will find his niche as a defender at the high-major level. Offensively, he will probably take a while to get acclimated to the Big 12 but Tiller is no stranger to playing with high-level players.

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