Brad Underwood had high praise for one of his players and believes he’s able to respond to high standards.

Underwood complimented Terrence Shannon Jr. for his play so far and the Illinois coach expects nothing but greatness from the recent transfer to Illinois. Shannon attended Texas Tech last season before heading to Champaign this offseason.

“I’ve said he’s one of the best players in the country,” Underwood said. “He probably was the best the night we played UCLA. Anything less than that, I’m going to keep pushing him.”

Shannon handled his first big test of the season well against UCLA. The Fighting Illini defeated the Bruins 79-70 behind a 29-point, 10-rebound performance from Shannon. He also played 39 minutes in the win.

He’s continued to be electric this season averaging 17 points per game, leading Illinois to a 7-3 start to the season.

Illinois takes on Alabama A&M on Saturday. Tipoff will be at 4 p.m. ET on BTN live from Champaign.