He knew he was going str8 to the NBA already in 8 months. Pretty easy when you already know your goal is complete even though it hasn't happened yet
Pretty sure he went to Texas straight out of high school.
There's nothing easy about obtaining goals that only a handful of people on this earth are capable of reaching. At 17, he had not made at that point and was still aspiring to be that guy.
No sense in downplaying a tremendous accomplishment. That's probably been his goal since elementary school.