Donnie Tillman's decision leaves Utah Utes with very inexperienced team for 2019-20 season

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  • Gruncle Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2019 7:11 p.m.

    Good luck Donnie, hope things go well for you and your mother.

  • Sanefan Wellsville, UT
    June 9, 2019 6:35 p.m.

    Kudos to this young man. Hope his mom gets well and he can return to school and basketball. But, how can a supposed P 5 “revenue” team be a “dumpster fire.” I thought there was this “ next man up” scenario going on. I guess not so much at the U. Looks like the Utes will have another season where they are the 4th best team in the State of Utah. Hey, but on the bright side, they will be one of the better teams in a really weak PAC 12. See there is always a silver lining.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum CA, 00
    June 9, 2019 11:00 a.m.

    Utah hoops will be a dumpster fire this year, AGAIN!

  • JD Las Vegas, NV
    June 8, 2019 11:40 p.m.

    Good luck to Donnie and his mother, wish him and her the best. Watching Tillman the past two years has shown what a great coach Larry K. is, along with his excellent staff. Donnie has showed remarkable improvement each year. His shooting ability last year was off the charts compared to his previous years. I love how Provo fans continue to try to make up an issue about the Utes having new players each year and making up stories about Coach K. being the cause. Bottom line, Larry is a terrific coach and he gets the most out of his players. Utah is grateful to have such a good coach in Larry K. Utah will be young next year, but maybe the most athletic they have ever been. The future is bright on the hill, go UTES!

  • ERB Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 8, 2019 11:40 p.m.

    Every year is a rebuild year. How does the coach keep his job?

  • Caddis Terry, MT
    June 8, 2019 12:16 p.m.

    Best wishes!

  • 3grandslams Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 8, 2019 11:53 a.m.

    Good decision for Tillman but why are so many others leaving? There’s plenty of playing time availiable. Very bad time for Utah basketball. I wonder what’s going on?

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    June 8, 2019 6:54 a.m.

    DT’s mother lives in LV, so a transfer to UNLV makes sense.

    Good luck to both!

    Go Utes!

  • Trigger529 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2019 10:33 p.m.

    Best of luck to Donnie and to his mother and I certainly hope that everything works out well for both ! I do have a question, if , theoretically, Donnie sits out a year while helping his mother, won't he have a decision to make next year if he truly has pro aspirations in the US or in foreign countries? Would he not , at that time , be able to transfer to another team, possibly a team much closer to Detroit ? It seems that to accomplish any pro aspirations, Donnie needs to play another year of college to better his skills and pro chances. It will be interesting to see if he ends up back in SLC, ( I would personally guess that's not going to happen ), or if he may end up at a school closer to home.

  • Peaches n Cream Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2019 5:18 p.m.

    Disappointing loss of experience for what was already going to be a very young team.

    Great respect for Donnie putting basketball on hold to spend time with his mother.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    June 7, 2019 4:38 p.m.

    What a great kid. I'm glad to see his priorities are in order. Family above all.

    Thank you goes out to Coach K for encouraging Donnie to be with his mom.

    I hope Donnie will return to the U eventually. If not, I will still be a fan of his in whatever life takes him.

    Go Utes!

  • 93 COUGAR Orem, UT
    June 7, 2019 4:07 p.m.

    Best wishes to Mrs. Tillman. Sounds like you have raised a fine son.

  • Spiff Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2019 2:50 p.m.

    Tillman is making a great decision for his mother. Coach K seems to have a new team each year. Too many players leave each year, why?

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    June 7, 2019 2:15 p.m.

    Donnie is displaying maturity and grace and a clear understanding of what is important in life. There will be wonderful days ahead for him and hopefully as a Ute, but his mom and her need for him right now is so much more important than college sports. I really have to commend him on his handling of a tough situation. He's behaving like a grown man. All thoughts and prayers for you, your dear mom and your entire family Donnie Tillman.

  • water rocket , 00
    June 7, 2019 1:21 p.m.

    We don't often get an explanation from players when they leave, and Donnie's well thought out announcement was not only gracious, but it offered a rare insight into the thought process he put into this. I want to wish him all the best, and hope his mother benefits by his love.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    June 7, 2019 12:55 p.m.

    I hope things take a turn for the better for his mother. It's good to see Utah fans that, while disappointed, are showing class and support of this young kid who obviously has his priorities straight. Good luck to you and your family, Donnie!

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2019 12:49 p.m.

    Best wishes to you and mother

    Go Utes
    Go Pac-12
    Go p5 conferences

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 7, 2019 12:43 p.m.

    Family first! So, play of the season!

    We may miss him next season, but not as much as his family would if he stayed.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    June 7, 2019 12:25 p.m.

    Family First -

    what a good example. Detroit is too far and his mother and Donnie's family have to be priority.
    Wishing him and Donna the best.

    and a big 'thank you' for all the contributions to the Ute program. Hope to see you in an NBA uniform still.

  • majmajor Layton, UT
    June 7, 2019 11:22 a.m.

    Wish him, and his mother well!

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 7, 2019 11:17 a.m.

    Wow. This one hurts the program in a big way. He's got his priorities straight and can always come back to basketball when his situation allows.

  • Bobby Peru Salt Lake City, UT
    June 7, 2019 11:10 a.m.

    You'll be missed but your priority is being with your mother. Good luck.

  • CougarDuck Cottage Grove, OR
    June 7, 2019 11:09 a.m.

    I have great respect for any player who is willing to put aside the game to be with family in need. Tillman would have been a major player for the Utes this year. As a Cougar fan and a Duck fan I say more power to you Mr. Tillman and hope things go well for your mother.

  • BrianB Greencastle, IN
    June 7, 2019 11:06 a.m.

    Thank you, Mr. Tillman, for sharing your talents with Utah. I pray that all goes well with your family. Thank you, Coach K, for showing what is truly important.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 7, 2019 10:55 a.m.

    Big loss for Utah, I thought he would be a top 2 player this season. I was hoping for a NBA level breakout season

    Wish him and his family well!

    Krystkowiak's comments sound like Tillman won't be coming back. If that is true then he continues to hemorrhage talent.

    Go UTES!