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2009 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year
Fran Fraschilla's National All-Defensive Team
Captain of Seth Davis' National All-Glue Team
2009 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
2009 All-NCAA West Regional
Big 12 Co-Player of the Week on Feb. 4, 2008
Heads into his senior season as the Big 12's top perimeter defender and should be at the top of the list for Defensive Player of the Year nationally ... Brings a bulldog mentality to the Tigers and plays relentlessly on both ends of the floor ... Averaged 24.8 minutes per game as a junior, but gets tremendous production out of this time because of his all-out hustle ... Coming off surgery on his right (shooting) wrist ... Injured the wrist during Missouri's win at Texas and had surgery after the decision ... Returned to full action in early July.
Named the Big 12 Conference's Co-Defensive Player of the Year and was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection ... Named to the NCAA Tournament's All-West Region Team and was the Team Captain on Seth Davis' All-Glue Team ... Named to Fran Fraschilla's (ESPN) National All-Defensive Team and was the only unanimous pick to the Big 12 All-Defensive squad ... Led Mizzou in both assists (138) and steals (68) as a junior ... His 138 assists were the eighth most in school history and his 68 steals were the fourth most ... Broke the school record with 38 starts and was one of only two Tigers (DeMarre Carroll) to start all 38 games ... Finished fourth on the club in scoring (8.4), third in rebounding (3.4) and was among the Big 12's Top 10 in both assists and steals ... Reached double figures in scoring 15 times as a junior, including an average of 11.0 points in seven postseason games ... Scored a career high 23 points in the Sweet 16 win over #2 Memphis in Glendale, Ariz. ... Hit a career high 10-of-16 field goals vs. the Tigers, while dishing three assists and ripping away three steals to earn CBS Player of the Game honors ... Averaged 13.0 points in four NCAA Tournament games, with 11 tallies coming against Cornell and 10 vs. #23 Marquette ... Missouri went an incredible 14-1 when Tiller reached double figures, including a 4-0 mark in games vs. Top 25 foes ... Hit some clutch shots for Mizzou as a junior, including the game-tying hoop in the final minute of the win against Kansas ... Dished a career high eight assists against Baylor during the regular season and his seven steals vs. Texas Tech are the second most in school history ... The Marietta, Ga., native dished multiple assists in 33-of-38 games and had multiple steals 18 times ... He also ranked among team leaders with a 73.3 percent shooting stroke from the foul line.
Averaged 6.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in all-32 games ... Made 12 starts, including 11 starts in the season's final 12 contests ... Earned praise as the team's top perimeter defender and ranked fifth on the team with 25 steals, but played great on-ball defense and was a nominee for the Big 12's All-Defensive Team ... Will be a leading candidate to make the All-Defensive squad as a junior ... Ranked fourth on the team in assists with 59, including five assists against Iowa State in the home finale ... Reached double figures nine times, including a career high 20 points in the upset win over No. 22 Kansas State ... Hit 7-of-13 shots vs. the Wildcats ... Scored 14 points vs. Nebraska, while grabbing a career high eight boards, dishing three assists and recording two steals ... Was named the Big 12's Player of the Week for his efforts vs. Nebraska and Kansas State in a short-handed capacity due to player suspensions ... Was among the team's best free throw shooters at 78.8 percent, including a pair of game-clinching free throws vs. Kansas State .. Hit both ends of a one-and-one with just six seconds left and the Tigers ahead just 75-74.
Gave the Tigers quality minutes at both guard positions, averaging 4.2 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.7 steals in 13.6 minutes as a freshman ... An outstanding student that earned a 3.5 grade-point average in his first semester at MU in pre-engineering ... Played all-30 games for the Tigers, recording double-figure scoring games at Purdue (12), at Kansas (11) and at Colorado (12) ... Hit 4-of-7 shots from the floor, including a pair of three-pointers, dished two assists and had two steals at Purdue ... Hit a career high 5-of-11 shots at Kansas and followed that contest with 5-of-8 shooting at Colorado ... Actually averaged an improved 6.0 points and 13.7 minutes in nine road games on 52.6-percent shooting from the floor and 50-percent shooting from three-point range ... Was a steady defensive presence and finished among team-leaders with 22 steals ... Enjoyed seven multi-assist games as a back-up point guard, including a career high four dimes vs. North Carolina A&T in his collegiate debut ... His three steals vs. Kansas State were a career high as well.
A second team All-State selection and Cobb County Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Also earned all-state, all-region, all-county and all-conference accolades from the publication as well ... Tabbed the nation's 37th best backcourt performer by Rivals.com and one of the top eight guards in the state of Georgia ... Averaged 14.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.8 steals for head coach Doug Lipscomb's club, which finished the 2006 season with a 29-3 overall mark and a No. 23 national ranking in the final USA Today Super 25 high school poll ... Played on nationally-ranked teams each of his final two campaigns and averaged better than 10 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a junior for Wheeler's 31-1 unit that finished with a Georgia Class AAAAA State Championship and a Top 20 national ranking by USA Today ... Outstanding student that enjoyed a 3.9 cumulative grade-point average during his high school tenure and received a number of college looks as a triple jumper.
Majoring in International Business ... Would like to own his own business upon graduation ... Favorite food is shrimp and lists rapper T.I. as his favorite musician ... Enjoys playing soccer in addition to basketball ... Nickname is J.T. Money ... Lists his parents as the most influential people in his life and chose Mizzou to compete for Head Coach Mike Anderson ... Originally signed with Anderson at UAB out of high school ... Also recruited by Georgia and George Washington.
In The Words of J.T. Tiller:
Why I Selected The University of Missouri:
"I selected Mizzou because of the coaching staff. Coach A and the rest of the coaching staff just remind me of home. I got a comfortable feeling when I was on my visit that just gave me the feeling that this was the place for me."
The Fastest 40 Minutes In Basketball Is:
"Missouri Basketball at its finest. Watching us play is so dramatic, fun-filled, and entertaining that you don't even notice that you have been watching a two-hour game."
Missouri Teamwork within the Community:
"Because we understand the feeling of being on the receiving end of the community activities when they support us during the games. We know the enjoyment people get from interacting with us and the good time they have by getting to hang out with people they see on TV. We also know how influential we are to the youth coming up behind us and that we need to set the right example so the service continues long after we are gone."
Coach Anderson is more than just a basketball coach because:
"He teaches us off the court as much as he does on the court. He understands that basketball is a gateway that leads to bigger and better things. He develops us not only into good basketball players but also into respectable young men in our society. He is more than just a basketball coach, he is a father away from home."
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