Illinois men's basketball photos vs. Penn State, Jan. 4, 2014 at State Farm Center. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
Helped lead Simeon to a record of 30-3 and IHSA state title as a senior, averaging 8.3 points and leading the Wolverines in assists with an average of 7.3 apg ... Played alongside fellow Illini freshman Kendrick Nunn at Simeon ... Second-team All-State by the Champaign News-Gazette and Illinois Basketball Coaches Association ... Special mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune ... Honorable mention All-State by the Associated Press ... Selected to play in the IBCA All-Star Game, scoring 20 points to earn MVP honors for the 3A/4A North squad ...Helped lead Simeon to a 33-1 record and state title as a junior ... High school coach was Rob Smith ... Played for the Meanstreets AAU program, coached by Tai Streets ... Attended De La Salle as a freshman and sophomore.
Born Jan. 16, 1995 ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (general curriculum) ... Parents are Arisa Johnson and Kareem Pender ... Has a younger sister, Joryin ... Favorite player is Derrick Rose.