VCU’s Justin Tillman still working toward NBA contract
Fred Jeter | 6/30/2018, 8:58 a.m.
Former Virginia Commonwealth University standout Justin Tillman has one foot in the NBA door.
Tillman wasn’t selected during the NBA’s June 21 draft but has signed to play for the Miami Heat in two summer leagues — July 2 through 5 in Sacramento and July 6 through 17 in Las Vegas.
The 6-foot-8 native of Detroit averaged 18.9 points and 9.9 rebounds as a senior this past season. For his career, Tillman accumulated 1,415 points and 972 rebounds while recording 34 double-doubles.
Tillman had individual workouts with several NBA clubs prior to the draft.
There is history suggesting Tillman still may make it to the NBA. Former Rams Troy Daniels, Treveon Graham and Briante Weber were undrafted, but later reached the NBA. All three played in the NBA’s G-League, formerly known as the D-League, before inking NBA contracts.
The Rams’ last draftee was Larry Sanders, taken 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2010, one year after Eric Maynor was picked in the first round by the Utah Jazz.