But this high school season, he's making statement and appears to have returned to the dominant player he once was. And that rediscovered success is a big reason for White Station's nearly undefeated record this season.
"Our season is going great," he said. "We have only lost one game."
That one loss came at the hands of Montverde Academy from Florida, who spent a significant amount of time this season as the top-ranked high school program in the nation.
But now Black's focus is solely on winning a Tennessee state championship.
"We already won our district championship and we are onto the regional tournament now," he said. "We beat our rival Hamilton in the district championship by 3."
White Station is one of the hottest teams in the country right now. Black's resurgence on the court has his team playing their best ball at the right time.
"We're ranked 5th in the country right now," he said. "We should have won that game against Montverde, though. I have just been working on my conditioning and my ball handling. But my shot is the most improved part of my game."
And Black hopes to carry on that momentum into his college career. It can be tough for freshmen to break into the lineup early on, but he sees the opportunity to come in prepared and play.
"My plan has always been to play early," Black said. "I'm not coming there to wait. I'm going to work as hard as I can to play my freshman year."
Black has been putting in work off the court to prepare himself for his time at Illinois as well.
"I still keep in touch with the coaches a lot and I talk a lot with Michael Finke, too," he said.
Check back in here at IlliniPlaybook as Black continues his pursuit for a state title.