Former NBA Champion Sets Sights on College Golf

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Seventeen years after graduating high school, former NBA player JR Smith is enrolling at North Carolina A&T, and hopes to join the golf team while he’s there.

The 35-year-old Smith never attended college after graduating from St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in New Jersey. He committed to North Carolina before he was drafted 18th overall by the New Orleans Hornets in 2004.

Now, after completing an NBA career in which he averaged 12.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game and won two titles — in 2016 with the Cleveland Cavaliers and 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers, Smith is looking for the college experience.

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