JR Smith may be 35, but that doesn’t mean his athletic dreams are extinct.
Smith skipped college and went straight from high school to the NBA in 2004, but said he started thinking about going to college while on a trip to the Dominican Republic with Hall of Famer Ray Allen.
“And having that feeling and knowing that the whole game is pretty much in my hands, and I don’t have to worry about teammates passing the ball and receiving assists and playing defense, so I can play my game and just have fun. “
Smith can often be seen among the gallery at PGA Tour events – and he says he plays with a handicap of five.
He has asked the NCAA to be eligible to play, but it’s unclear how long that process will take.
It does not prohibit a former professional athlete from competing in another sport.
Richard Watkins, who coaches both the college’s men’s and women’s teams, said Smith’s arrival was “a big deal”.
“He’s a former professional athlete, but (it’s) a unique set of circumstances. He didn’t go to college, never entered, the clock never started.”
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard has played professionally for a multitude of NBA teams, winning NBA titles with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.
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