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Xavier Tillman changes jersey name after birth of son

The MSU forward welcomed his son, Xavier Justis Tillman Jr. to the world.
Credit: MSU Basketball/Twitter

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Grand Rapids native and Michigan State University basketball forward Xavier Tillman changed the name on his jersey to Tillman Sr. after the birth of his second baby, Xavier Justis Tillman Jr., according to a tweet from the MSU basketball page. 

Tillman Jr. was born on Monday, Feb. 17. 

"I will shape you in my image, you shall be loved, respected and cherished. I love you Xavier Justis Tillman Jr. welcome to the world," Tillman Sr. wrote in the post.

Tuesday, the MSU basketball page tweeted a photo of Tillman Sr.'s new jersey with the caption: "SR. #SpartanDawg."

Newborn Tillman Jr. is Tillman Sr. and his wife Tamia Tillman's second child. Their daughter, Yanni Tillman, was born three years ago. In an interview with 13 ON YOUR SIDE, he said the birth of his daughter changed his life. 

"When I come home and I get to see her face light up that's probably the best part," he said

Read more: He's an MSU student, athlete and dad. And Xavier Tillman couldn't be happier.

Tillman Sr. said he loves being a father. "You'll sit here and then once your baby comes out and you see them, you'll say, 'oh my gosh I would do anything to provide for this baby'," he said

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