JR Smith is going back to college and intends to play golf

Two-time NBA Champion JR Smith has enrolled at North Carolina A&T and wants to join the men’s golf team.

Sixteen-year NBA veteran JR Smith is going back to college and wants to play golf, according to multiple reports. Smith, who is 35,  has enrolled at North Carolina A&T, a historically Black university, and intends to join the men’s golf team, if the NCAA approves.

The NCAA rules state “an individual shall not be eligible for intercollegiate athletics in a sport if the individual ever competed on a professional team in that sport.”

But Smith, who never attended college and went straight from high school to the NBA in 2004 prior to the League implementing the ‘one-and-done’ rule in 2005, has yet to compete at the collegiate level. The NCAA ruling does not ban a former pro athlete like Smith from playing in a different sport.

The former Sixth Man of the Year has petitioned the NCAA to be eligible to play but it is not clear on how long that process will take.

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