JR Smith, ex-NBAer who turned college golfer for North Carolina A&T, is named Academic Athlete Of The Year

Why bother with 3s when you can score an 4.0? A 16-year NBA veteran will be retiring in the fall 2021. JR Smith enrolled at North Carolina A&T State University and joined the golf team as a walk-on. The two-time NBA champion is now in his second semester at HBCU and already receiving accolades in the classroom.

On Monday, the 36 year-old — originally scheduled for basketball at the age of 36 — will play. North CarolinaBefore jumping from St. Benedict's Prep Newark, New Jersey to join the NBA draft in 2004, was named the Aggies' Academic Champion of the Year.

One week later, the news arrives apparel brand Lululemon signed Smith to be its golf ambassadorvia a deal for likeness, name and image. Lululemon's first brand ambassador deal for male golfers was signed by JR Swish, a hoops legend.

In January Smith signed with Excel Sports Management for NIL representation. Smith's agent Lance Young told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski at the time that there was strong interest from equipment and apparel manufacturers to sponsor the college athlete, who has 6.2 million followers on Instagram.

Smith shared his first revelation that he excelled at school at the beginning of the fall semester. Smith posted on social media that he had reached his goal of earning an average of 4.0 grades.

Smith clearly expressed emotion in a video that was posted the same day. Smith said, “I can't even explain the feeling.” “That s —.” required a lot of hard work.”

Smith — won titles with LeBron JamesAs a member of The in 2016, Cleveland CavaliersAnd in 2020 with the Los Angeles LakersCredited conversation with Basketball Hall of Famer Ray Allen as the catalyst for his decisionTo be eligible to play, you can petition the NCAA

Jesus Shuttlesworth is shining somewhere out there.

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