As one of the most interesting players in the NBA during his playing career, JR Smith has officially started a new chapter in his life. He started college at 36 and joined the North Carolina A&T golf team.
Smith played in the NBA for 16 years after completely skipping college and was very successful. After winning two NBA championships, he is now a freshman aiming for a liberal arts degree.
“It’s still as nerve-wracking as taking a free throw before 5,000 instead of doing a 5-foot putt before three. So for me everything correlates in the same way, ”said Smith in a recent virtual press conference.
This gives Smith the opportunity to play for an HBCU, which was tempting to him when choosing where to begin this journey.
Because the college is in Greensboro, North Carolina, Smith will ultimately go to school in the same state where he was originally supposed to play college basketball. Before Smith moved directly to the NBA, he was to play in North Carolina in ’04 under Roy Williams.