JR Smith Is Trying to Join the North Carolina A&T Golf Team

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JR Smith Is Trying to Join the North Carolina A&T Golf Team

Chicago Bulls

Technically, J.R. Smith was on a Bull for a week or so in July of 2006 (New Orleans traded him to Chicago for Tyson Chandler before Chicago flipped him to Denver, which totally counts). And the retired two-time champion (Lakers, Cavaliers) finds himself in the news today, as he’s enrolled at North Carolina A&T, according to the official PGA.

Indeed, Smith plans to join the collegiate golf team while earning a degree in liberal studies.

Yes, that’s right.

The 35-year-old Smith is on the brink of becoming a college athlete. The NCAA still has to figure out his eligibility, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, but considering Smith never played collegiate basketball (went directly from St. Benedict’s Prep to the NBA), it feels like he should be given the green light.

Smith has long been known as a very talented and obsessive golfer, so while his pursuit of the sport does not come as a huge surprise, the route he has chosen is pretty unconventional. I guess it goes to show it’s never too late to pursue your dreams (and get a great education!).

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.