HIGH SCHOOLConsensus national top-50 recruit ... Averaged 20.2 points and 12.9 rebounds as a senior, leading White Station to a 30-3 record ... Tennessee Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee ... Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Class AAA All-State Team ... Pepsi Best of the Preps Player of the Year and first-team All-Metro by Memphis Commercial Appeal ... Following his senior season, participated in USA Basketball U18 training camp ... Ranked No. 46 on the recruiting services consensus index ... Ranked No. 38 nationally by Rivals, No. 43 by 247Sports, No. 44 by ESPN and No. 50 by Scout ... Averaged 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as a junior, earning Class AAA All-State Team honors by the TSWA and Best of the Preps Class AAA Team accolades by the Commercial Appeal ... High school coach was Jesus Patino ... Played for the Team Thad AAU program, coached by Norton Hurd.
PERSONALBorn Jan. 31, 1996 in Omaha, Neb. ... Enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (general curriculum) ... Parents are Ronald and Tola Black ... Has a younger sister, Allanna, and a younger brother, Michael ... Mother played and coached high school basketball ... Favorite player is Carmelo Anthony ... Hobbies include watching movies and reading the bible ... Lists his mother as the person who most influenced his career because, "She was a high school basketball coach when I was younger so I was always in the gym with her." ... First player from Memphis to sign with the Fighting Illini since Cory Bradford in 1996 (Raleigh Egypt High School).