He was a McDonald's All-American his senior year at Prestonwood Christian Academy.
He was named ESPN's #3 overall player for the high school graduating class of 2013. He joined the University of Kentucky in one of the school's top recruiting classes ever and helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA Championship game as a freshman in 2014.
He and his fiancee Kendra Shaw welcomed a son, Kyden, in 2016. They later married in August 2017. In June 2021 they announced that they were expecting their second child together.
He was recruited by head coach John Calipari to play at Kentucky and spent one season playing under him before declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft.