JR Smith Gains Eligibilty, Will Attend North Carolina A&T and Join Golf Team

Written by Thomas Scott

Greensboro, North Carolina | Two-time NBA champion, JR Smith has successfully petitioned the NCAA and will be eligible to join the North Carolina A&T golf program.

Smith had already enrolled at North Carolina A&T as a student, but was awaiting approval from the NCAA to compete as an athlete.

Back in 2004, JR Smith was a part of one of the last NBA draft classes that allowed players to skip college and go directly to the NBA. Smith initially committed to North Carolina to play for legendary coach Roy Williams, but instead decided to hire an agent and was selected with the 18th pick in the 2004 draft.

Due to these unique circumstances, Smith’s clock to comepte as a collegiate athlete never started. As a result, JR Smith now has years to compete as a student athlete at North Carolina A&T. When asked why he made this decision Smith said,

“Ray Allen kind of convinced me. We had a little golf trip and he was talking about some of the things he was doing, about going back to school and challenging yourself for us athletes. I really took heed to it and decided to go back — and one of the best liberal studies programs is at A&T.”

The North Carolina A&T Aggie golf team will begin competition on September 24th in Newnan, Georgia at the Black College Golf Coaches Association Invitational.

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