He spent his high school playing career at Foothills Christian. He was a McDonald's All American in high school.
He became a social media personality, earning 440,000 followers on Instagram where he is known as jhands08.
He grew up in Chula Vista, California with a sister. He made headlines for jumping over both of his parents to win a high school dunk contest.
He became teammates with center Jarrett Allen on the Nets.