Talen Jalee Horton-Tucker was born in Chicago on November 25, 2000 to Shirley Horton and Marlin Tucker. He attended St. Matthias Elementary School, where he had his No. 5 jersey retired. Horton-Tucker attended high school at Simeon Career Academy. As a senior, he averaged 20.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. He led Simeon to three straight City Championships. Horton-Tucker garnered a number of accolades during his high-school career. He was named a USA Today All-USA Boys Basketball Third-Team All-American and was selected USA Today Illinois Player of the Year. He was also an All-USA Illinois Boys Basketball First-Team Selection and was the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year. Learn more about Horton-Tucker by following him on Twitter at @Thortontucker and on Instagram at @5talen.