Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year Donnie Tillman will not play for Utah in 2019-20 in order to spend time with his ailing mother.

As a sophomore last season, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds in 31 games (15 starts) for the Utes. He shot 36.1 percent from 3-point range.

"It is with a heavy heart that I share with Utah fans than I will not be returning to the Utes this fall," he said Friday in a prepared statement. "I have always respected and admired Utah's commitment to academics, athletics and family. The Ute fans have always shown me unwavering support as well.

"I respect both the university and the fans more now for understanding my wanting to be with my mother at this time as her ongoing health issues continue. Coach (Larry) Krystkowiak believes in putting family first and cannot thank him enough for allowing me to follow in his lead."

Tillman's mother, Donna Holmes, has epilepsy.

"Donnie has made an admirable decision to be near his mother as she battles with health issues," Krystowiak said. "I wish he and his mother, Donna, nothing but the best and I would like to personally thank DT for his contributions to our program."

Tillman initially declared for the 2019 NBA Draft, but withdrew his name from the draft pool last week. If he chooses to take a redshirt year, he would have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

--Field Level Media

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