We sit in a cramped room with a dozen people in what may be the nicest hotel in Chicago, the city where just two years ago Jahlil Okafor was one of nearly 400,000 high school students.

Granted, he was no ordinary student. As a freshman he was already ranked on ESPN’s recruiting site. As a sophomore, Sports Illustrated called him a “future game changer,” proclaiming him the brightest young talent in the game. As a senior, he was the consensus top high school player in the country who committed to Duke in front of his high school, Whitney Young, as well as a national audience tuning in on ESPNU.

That hype carried into his first college season where he was a preseason All-American, and was picked by several major media outlets as the preseason Player of the Year. He was named the ACC Player of the Year, a consensus first-team All-American, and anchored Duke's run to its fifth NCAA championship. After a single season as a Blue Devil he entered the NBA Draft and was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers with the third overall pick. 

Achieving milestones like these isn't something that's easy to do before you turn 20, but that's the type of basketball fast track Okafor has been on, a track that has him on one of the top floors of a five-star hotel in the ritziest neighborhood of Chicago.