2015-16: Appeared in all 30 games with 26 starts ... Started 23 consecutive games to end the season ... Ranked second on the squad with 29.3 minutes per game ... Posted career-best averages in scoring (5.5 ppg) and rebounding (3.8) ... Led UIC with 98 assists ... Rated among Horizon League’s best with assist/turnover ratio of 2.4 ... Matched previous career high with 11 points in win vs. Purdue Calumet (Dec. 22) ... Sank career-high eight free throws against the Peregrines ... Handed out career-high nine assists against Green Bay (Jan. 14) ... Total remained most for any UIC player under Steve McClain ... Played career-high 43 minutes in overtime victory against Cleveland State (Jan. 30) ... Assisted on Najeal Young’s game-winning basket with less than two seconds remaining in overtime .... Collected eight points, a career-best eight rebounds and five helpers in triumph over Wright State (Feb. 11) ... Poured in career-high 12 points in doube-overtime game at Youngstown State (Feb. 16) ... Added eight assists and seven rebounds against the Penguins.
2015-16 Game-by-Game Statistics 2014-15: Saw action in 29 games, received seven starts and averaged 18.4 minutes per game in his first full collegiate season ... averaged 2.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per game ... was instrumental in UIC's 72-69 second round Horizon League Tournament win against No. 3 seed Oakland (3/6/15) as he held first team All-League point guard Kahlil Felder to 7-of-25 from the field and forced Felder to commit five turnovers ... totaled seven points and a career-high seven rebounds against No. 3 seed Oakland (3/6/15) ... scored a career-high 11 points at Bradley (12/28/14) as he hit 3-of-6 from the field ... played in a career-high 36 minutes against No. 2 seed Green Bay in the HL tourney semifinals.
2013-14: Played in three games and started one before tearing his right ACL. Received a medical redshirt from the NCAA and will retain four years of eligibility.
High School/Prior to UIC: Four-year letterwinner at Bartlett High School ... Served as team captain in all four years of high school basketball ... Garnered All-State honors as a senior ... Named All-Upstate Eight Conference in three-of-four seasons ... Named Bartlett's Most Valuable Player in both his sophomore and senior seasons ... Sat out junior season with torn ACL ... Made quick recovery, and played with the Illinois Wolves on the AAU circuit in summer 2012 ... Lists "biggest athletic thrill" as playing in the supersectionals during his freshman year of high school ... Scored a 30 on his ACT.
Personal: Born Dec. 23, 1994 in Bartlett, Ill. ... Son of Larry and Lena Whitaker ... Currently enrolled as a Management major.