Former NBA Star J.R. Smith announced Monday that he has joined the men’s golf team at North Carolina A&T University.
Smith, a 16-year NBA veteran and two-time NBA champion, announced his enrollment at the Historically Black University at an online news conference Monday. Smith was recruited to play basketball at the University of North Carolina, but he skipped college and declared for the 2004 NBA draft instead. He joined the Golf Team as a walk-on.
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“It’s going to be fun,” said Smith of the transition. “Obviously different environments from playing in front of 20,000 people to playing in a college golf gallery. But it’s still as nerve-racking as shooting a free throw in front of 5,000 instead of making a 5-foot putt in front of three. So it all correlates the same for me.”
Smith will play in North Carolina A&T’s first golf match at the Black College Golf Coaches Association Invitational on Sept. 24-25 in Newnan, Georgia.