Freshman Tyus Parrish-Tillman tops national basketball leaderboard

Freshman Tyus Parrish-Tillman tops national basketball leaderboard

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Parrish-Tillman ranks 2nd in blocks nation-wide

Austin Petersen | The Feather Online

Tyus Parrish-Tillman, No. 24, blocks a shot in a game vs Summit Charter, Jan. 10. Parish-Tillman has blocked 127 shots this season, putting him at fourth in the nation according to MaxPreps.

Late in the second quarter, Summit Charter’s No. 23 drives down the lane, fakes left and jumps for the lay up. The ball leaves his hand, but the crowd erupts as No. 24 Tyus Parrish-Tillman, ’22, sends the ball in the opposite direction and starts a fast break for the Eagles.

This year’s boys varsity basketball team can start an all six-foot line-up, and at six feet six inches, freshman Tyus Parrish-Tillman is the tallest on the team. He not only leads the team in blocks, but according to MaxPreps, ranked as high as second in the nation in blocks per game.

Parrish-Tillman’s 35 blocks in league games contributes to the Eagles defense, which has held league teams to just 31.8 points per game.

A solid block often turns to a steal, fast break and layup, in addition to raising the crowd to its feet. Parrish-Tillman, has blocked players 127 times yet this season, earning him a current ranking as the third highest blocker on MaxPreps. Boys basketball head coach Jon Penberthy says Parrish-Tillman makes an impact beyond defense, as he scores from all areas of the court.

“Ty’s size obviously makes him stand out,” Penberthy said, “but we’ve also played him at three different positions, which shows his versatility. Tyus is a great two way player, he can score and has expanded his range to the three-point line. And he does a great job defensively by blocking shots and altering opponent’s shots.”

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Parish-Tilman joined FC for his eighth grade school year.

Parrish-Tillman joined FC his eighth grade year with the hope of playing with his AAU teammate Orion Tomlinson, ’22. He and Tomlinson competed together on AAU team 24/7 Basketball starting in sixth grade, but this is their first year playing on the same school team. Tomlinson says years of practicing and competing together translate into playing at FCS.

“I think Tyus’ strongest area is in the post, getting blocks and put backs and getting layups,” Tomlinson said. “My favorite part about playing on a team with him is he’s my best friend. Also, he gets lots of rebounds and we pass the ball to each other and play off each other.”

Over Christmas break, Parrish-Tillman blocked 48 shots in the Hoover and Clovis Elks tournaments against division I, II and III teams. Imamu Tomlinson, who coaches 24/7 Basketball, shares his excitement over Parrish-Tillman’s growth on and off the court.

In the following podcast, Bryce Foshee talks with Orion Tomlinson as they chat about Tyus Parrish-Tillman.

“Blocking shots is definitely his strongest area,” Imamu said, “Although he’s made huge improvements in dribbling, shooting and attacking the basket. He’s also starting to play above the rim which is huge!”

“My favorite part about coaching Tyus is watching him growing as a young man and a Christian,” Imamu continued. “Learning lessons from basketball and watching him grow has been so special.”

The Feather posted two of Parrish-Tillman’s dunks vs Summit Charter in the following Instagram post.

Despite playing on a team with five veteran seniors, No. 24 scores over 16 points a game. Parrish-Tillman enjoys playing in front of the Nut House and the rest of the FC fans, and shares his and the team’s goals for the rest of this season.

“In a basketball game, I like getting blocks, dunking, making the fans happy and having lots of fun,” Parrish-Tillman said. “It’s different playing here because there’s more people in the stands. It feels like there’s a lot more pressure but there’s really not. We want to make it to the valleys and then hopefully to state so we can get a ring.”

Whether a key block, electrifying dunk, or three-pointer, Parrish-Tillman gives the crowd a reason to yell. As a freshman, he makes an impact on defense and offense.

With six more regular season games, the boys basketball team hopes to extend their ten-game win streak through playoffs.

Stay tuned for an article about sophomore Rylee Schwab, who currently ranks second in California for goals scored this season.

For more articles read Living to see the dream, community remembers Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fikse gears up for final basketball season.

Bryce Foshee can be reached via Twitter @brycer_f and via email.

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Bryce Foshee
Sophomore Bryce Foshee entered his first year on The Feather with a crippling fear of starting conversations. But after interviewing and publishing an article on winner of The National Spelling August 2017, Foshee looks forward to interviewing community and school leaders. His other goal this year is to live out 1 Peter 1:22, “love one another deeply, from the heart,” and joining student leadership and Brother to Brother gives him daily opportunities to practice this. Foshee spent his summer learning through amateur experimental rocketry, and designed and tested several motors. He hopes to launch a small rocket by the end of the school year. Bryce plans on studying sciences in college, but is also interested in learning more about history, English, and journalism.


  1. Carston Saelzler
    Carston Saelzler January 28, 2019 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    Love playing ball with this dude! Great article Bryce.

  2. Riley Goldsborough January 29, 2019 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Second in the nation for blocks!? Way to go Tyus!! Great article by the way.

  3. Blake D Burdan February 1, 2019 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Great Article. Love seeing Tyus and Orion ball out there. Freshman studs! The next few years should be exciting.

  4. Blake Deffenbacher
    Blake Deffenbacher February 1, 2019 at 8:04 am - Reply

    Great article Bryce!

  5. Lindsay Weimer
    Lindsay Weimer February 1, 2019 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Nice job Tyus! Keep up the good work Bryce!

  6. Dane February 1, 2019 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Very cool

  7. Mark Pimentel February 8, 2019 at 11:51 am - Reply

    wow, that’s really great. congrats Tyus

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