Illinois men's basketball photos vs. Penn State, Jan. 4, 2014 at State Farm Center. (Mark Jones/Illinois Athletics)
2013-14 FRESHMAN: Played in 33 games, ranking second on the Illini in assists at 2.0 apg and averaging 1.8 ppg ... Two points, two assists and one steal in Illini debut vs. Alabama State (Nov. 8) ... Career-high 10 points and a season-high by an Illini with eight assists vs. Jacksonville State (Nov. 10) ... Six assists, four points and a season-high three rebounds vs. Bradley (Nov. 17) ... Five assists at UNLV (Nov. 26) and at Georgia Tech (Dec. 3) ... Four assists vs. Auburn (Dec. 8) ... Five points vs. Dartmouth (Dec. 10) ... Six points vs. Penn State (Jan. 4) ... Season-high three steals at Wisconsin (Jan. 8) ... Played a career-high 27 minutes at Indiana (Jan. 26), tallying six points and five assists ... Matched a season-high three rebounds at Penn State (Feb. 9).
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.