In an announcement that only a few noticed coming, J.R Smith has made public that he has determined to take his skills….again to varsity.
In keeping with a number of reviews, the 16-year NBA veteran has enrolled at North Carolina A&T, a traditionally Black college (HBCU) and intends to affix the College’s golf program if his petition to play is cleared by the NCAA.
In contrast to most NBA gamers, Smith is eligible to play to enroll and be a part of a collegiate staff after his basketball profession as a result of he determined to forego school and enter the 2004 NBA Draft straight out of highschool.
Smith revealed his rationale for the choice on the pro-am on the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC. He instructed reporters on the occasion that he was impressed by a dialog he had with Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul and Corridor of Fame guard Ray Allen.
“Ray Allen type of satisfied me,” he stated. “We had a little bit golf journey in [the Dominican Republic] and he was speaking about a number of the issues he was doing, about going again to high school and difficult your self for us athletes. I actually took heed to it and determined to return — and the most effective liberal research packages is at A&T.”
Smith, an skilled golfer — in line with PGATour.com, the previous NBA champion and sixth man of the 12 months performs with a 5 handicap.
If all goes nicely, Smith will sacrifice four-point performs on the hardwood for yelling “Fore!’’ on the pitch.