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After having successful freshman season and an even more impressive off-season, Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) 2017 forward Donnie Tillman has decided to transfer from Cass Tech and take his talents to Findlay Prep in Neveda, which is known as one of the top high school basketball powerhouses in the country.

The rising star announced the news on Twitter, Wednesday evening.

While many people are shocked and sad to see Tillman leave the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan as a whole, Tillman says the decision to transfer to Findlay Prep is what he and his mom, feel is best for him.

“The idea to transfer to Findlay Prep, came mostly from my mother, because she has been wanting to move to the west coast for some time now. However, once we sat down and talked about everything, we both decided it was time for me to move on to bigger and better things and Findlay Prep is the place for me to do those things.” Tillman said. “She and I both love the fact that Findlay Prep has great academics and I love how much time the coaching staff spends on the players individually, making them the best choice for me.”

Nevertheless, as much as Tillman says he is looking forward to attending and playing for Findlay Prep, he says he will never forget the great experiences he had at Cass Tech, stating that he will take the great lessons he learned at Cass Tech to Finday Prep with him.

“I loved my time at Cass Tech, everyday was a new challenge and kept me on my toes, knowing that I had to stay focus in both the classroom and on the court.” Tillman replied. “The main lessons, I will take from Cass Tech, is just to take everything you do as a job, love what you do and work hard at it.”

As of right now, Tillman will head into Findlay Prep with offers from Cleveland State, UNLV and Iowa State along with growing college interest from Detroit Mercy, UTEP, Eastern Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State.

Regardless of his decision to transfer, there is no doubt in my mind that Tillman will continue to get better and gain major college interest.

At 6-foot-6 and 200 pounds, Tillman already has great length and athleticism and when you add that with the fact that he is a relentless rebounder, who provides scoring in the post and from mid-range consistently, you’re talking about a true gem. Since he still has three more years of high school basketball ahead of him, there is almost no limit as to how much stronger and better this young man will become as he develops his game over the next three years at Findlay Prep.

“Going into Findlay Prep, people can expect me to first and foremost bring Detroit toughness.”  Tillman said “After that, just know that I am a relentless rebounder, who will bring a great defensive presence and consistent scoring in the post and from mid-range.”

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit

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