NBA veteran JR Smith optimistic for the start of college golf career (

Smith was drafted straight out of St. Benedict’s Prep High School with the 18th-pick in the 2004 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets. After a 16-year NBA career, Smith is finally going back to school.

The two-time NBA champion has enrolled at North Carolina A & T, and is a walk-on freshman on their golf team.

“It’s going to be fun. Obviously different environments from playing in front of 20,000 people to playing in a college golf gallery. But it’s still as nerve-wracking as shooting a free throw in front of 5,000 instead of making a five-foot putt in front of three. So it all correlates the same for me,” Smith told reporters in an online news conference.

The idea of J.R. Smith playing competitive golf sounds more far-fetched than it actually is. The former McDonald’s All-American has been playing for 12 years. “As being a shooter and with golf, it correlates to trying to hit different shots,” Smith said.

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