JR Smith could also be 35 years outdated, however that does not imply his athletic desires are extinguished.
Smith skipped going to college and went straight from highschool to the NBA in 2004 however mentioned he started fascinated with going to college throughout a visit to the Dominican Republic with Hall of Famer Ray Allen.
“And to have that feeling and realizing that the entire sport’s just about on my very own palms, and I haven’t got to fear about teammates to go the ball and receiving passes and playing protection, so I can play my sport and simply have enjoyable.”
Smith can usually be seen among the many gallery at PGA Tour occasions — and he says he performs to a 5 handicap.
He has petitioned the NCAA to be eligible to play however it’s not clear on how lengthy that course of will take.
It doesn’t ban a former skilled athlete from competing in a special sport.
Richard Watkins, who coaches each the boys’s and girls’s groups on the college, mentioned Smith’s arrival is a “large deal.”
“He’s a former skilled athlete, however (it is) a novel set of circumstances. He did not go to college, by no means matriculated, the clock by no means began.”
The 6-foot-6 capturing guard performed professionally for a number of NBA groups, profitable NBA titles with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.