GREENSBORO, NC (WKBN) – Several published reports state that former Cleveland Cavaliers security guard JR Smith has enrolled with North Carolina A&T and is hoping to join the school’s men’s golf team.
He’s applying for clearance from the NCAA as he went straight to the NBA from high school.
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North Carolina A&T spokesman Brian Holloway says the next step is to collect Smith’s academic records from 17 years ago.
According to NCAA rules, “an individual is not eligible for intercollegiate athletics in any sport if the individual has ever competed on a professional team in that sport”.
But the laws do not prohibit a former professional athlete from competing in any other sport. Several college athletes competed in professional sports before returning to school to compete in Division I athletics.
Smith won two NBA titles during his basketball career with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2016) and Los Angeles Lakers (2020).