He was a four-time Arkansas state champion at Hall High School. He played in the McDonald's All-American Game as well as the Jordan Brand Classic Game in 2013. He played collegiately at University of Arkansas.
He was ranked as the top player in the state of Arkansas out of high school by Rivals.com and was named to the 2013 USA Basketball National Junior Select Team. He was named SEC Player of the Year during his second and final season at University of Arkansas in 2015.
He has brothers named Jared, Jamaal and Jarod. His uncle Anthony Hicks played basketball at Missouri State.
He became teammates with star point guard Derrick Rose on the Bulls in 2015.