Earl Joseph “J. R.” Smith III, A CHAMPION, A GREAT PERSON, A FUTURE PGA GOLFER, Is Live Tweeting His College Experience, J.R. Smith’s HBCU journey is a shining example of Black excellence, The former NBA guard has been posting about his first-year experiences at HBCU North Carolina A&T

Earl Joseph “J. R.” Smith III, A CHAMPION, A GREAT PERSON, A FUTURE PGA GOLFER,  Is Live Tweeting His College Experience,  J.R. Smith’s HBCU journey is a shining example of Black excellence, The former NBA guard has been posting about his first-year experiences at HBCU North Carolina A&T
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J.R. Smith is a two-time NBA champion and a former Sixth Man of the year who earned millions of dollars over the course of his 16 seasons.When he retired after his second title, with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020, he could have done just about anything. Smith had enjoyed a long basketball career, had picked up a serious love of golf, and presumably had the means to travel the world pursuing that passion.Instead, the 36-year-old, who jumped straight from Newark’s famed St. Benedict’s Prep to the NBA, entered college.And not just any college, the largest HBCU in the country: North Carolina A&T.What’s more, he joined the Aggies golf team.Best of all for the rest of us, he’s basically live-tweeting his experience.

Smith doesn’t have to do this, not the tweeting part. Of course there would have been news headlines that a former NBA player had decided to enter college and got clearance to become a student-athlete at age 36, maybe a few reporters showing up at A&T’s first tournament in Georgia on Sept. 24-25 to check out the unconventional freshman with one of the finest sets of clubs on the college circuit.

But taking us along for the ride and opening himself up is admirable. Of course Smith has been ridiculed by some, but that’s unfortunately part of Twitter.

There are fun moments, like Smith saying he’s getting North Carolina fast-food chicken staple Bojangles delivered when another student laments that the Chick-Fil-A on campus has a late opening, or making an endorsement video for a student running for campus government, but it’s also a window into what it’s like to start college as an adult and seeing everything through older and more worldly eyes.

Smith is also offering a glimpse at how large swaths of the American school system have neglected to teach the true history of this country, as when Smith noted that the maps and globes used in many schools show North America as being the same size as Africa when in reality Africa is larger, or that Christopher Columbus “found” America when it was already inhabited.

Beyond all of that, Smith is inspiring many. The actress Holly Robinson Peete has tweeted that Smith’s posts are “seriously encouraging” her to follow through on her desire to get a master’s degree, and another of his followers said if he goes back to finish his degree, Smith’s experiences will be the reason (“You should for sure do it!,” Smith responded. “Love being around the younger generation learning a lot from them”).

After some first-week stumbles before he arrived on campus from Los Angeles (“I have to learn to do a better job at taking notes,” he lamented. “For some reason I have a hard time on what’s important information. I mean to me it all seems important.”), Smith has gotten himself a tutor and seems to be cruising.

J.R. Smith smiles at the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Ben Jared/PGA TOUR via Getty Images)
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 J.R. Smith smiles at the 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona.  In recent days he’s reported getting all 75 questions correct on two African American history quizzes and he wants to be on the Chancellor’s List, which at A&T means a 3.75 GPA or better for a semester.

He’s even floated the idea of going beyond earning a bachelor’s.

“Dr. Earl Joseph Smith III, has a dope ring to it! A hell of a long way to go but not impossible. One day at a time!” he tweeted earlier this month.

With the six-man golf team’s first tournament upcoming, Smith has also started practice, which is another thing to balance with his academic schedule.

If you’re wondering how it’s possible that a former professional athlete is able to play on an NCAA team, the organization’s rules stipulate that you can be on a team as a professional athlete as long as it’s not the sport you earned money playing. In other words, since Smith wanted to be on the golf team and wasn’t trying to join the A&T basketball team, he’s good to go.

As a guest on the first episode of the “All the Smoke” podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson in 2019, Smith said it was the late Moses Malone who got him to first pick up a golf club. Smith was at a charity tournament just goofing around, but Malone told him to grab a club, and since Smith has a rule to never disrespect Hall of Famers, he did.

“Hit the ball 300 yards down the fairway, first time,” Smith said. But later that same day, this time with a crowd watching, he tried again and couldn’t hit the ball.

He was hooked, and bought his first clubs.

He’s now a 5 handicap, and has played at some of the best courses in the United States. While some have groused that Smith potentially took a roster spot away from a young golfer, in an interview with The Undefeated last month Aggies coach Richard Watkins insisted that he earned a spot.

Smith is paying his own way to school, so no one is losing out on a scholarship, and Smith just asked for the chance to try out.

“Athletic competition at very high levels is an earned privilege. If you don’t earn it, you don’t get to do it. And that’s in an 18-year-old’s case, or 35-year-old’s case. If you don’t earn it, it’s not just granted to you. And from a coaching standpoint, me and J already had this discussion,” said Watkins. “There’s only two ways for a team to get better. Either the players that they have, have to improve, or coach has to go out and get better players. So, he’s not being given a spot because he’s J.R. Smith.”

Whether or not he goes on to earn a doctorate, Smith still has lofty goals: he wants to be an All-American by his senior year, and to help recruit more students to North Carolina A&T.

He also envisions founding a school that focuses on STEM but also involves golf and wants to introduce more kids to the sport.

Before all of that there’s his debut as a college athlete at next weekend’s Black College Golf Coaches Association Invitational and next month’s GHOE, or Greatest Homecoming on Earth, A&T’s signature campus event.

If the last month is any indication, Smith will keep us posted on all of it.

J.R. Smith is live-tweeting his college experience and it’s amazing

In one of the best back-to-school storylines — a real-life mix of “Billy Madison” and “Happy Gilmore” — J.R. Smith is officially a college man. And thankfully, he’s tweeting his way through it in a way only he can.

Smith enrolled at North Carolina A&T this month, aiming for a degree in liberal studies. As of this week, he is also a member of the Aggies’ golf team after the NCAA officially granted the 16-year NBA vet, who will turn 36 on Sept. 9, eligibility.

The New Jersey native, who was drafted 18th-overall out of Newark’s St. Benedict’s Prep by New Orleans in 2004, played parts of four seasons for the Knicks, from 2012-15.

Smith took to Twitter on Wednesday to share his experience of going back to class.

“I’m about to start texting/tweeting in full sentences using punctuation and s–t… Homies going to be like ‘who diss,’” Smith wrote with two crying laughing emojis.

J.R. Smith is back in college and just not to play golf.
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And if you think the two-time NBA champ isn’t actually doing the work himself? He has news for you.

“Everyone around the city keep asking me ‘who you got doing your work’ S–t me lol I’m really trying to learn something tf,” he tweeted.

Smith continued live tweeting his educational endeavor on Thursday: “First tutoring session in the books! I really like Mrs. Burke extremely helpful.”

He later added, “Finished my English homework. Dope short story about a little girl with six brothers and seeking parents approval. Dope reading.”

While the former Knicks guard may be sharing a relatable college experience in the classroom, there’s no ramen on the menu for this college student. In response to a follower asking him if he has a meal plan, he tweeted back, “Yea on my American Express.”

Smith will get his first chance on the course when the Aggies golf team tees off their season on Sept. 24 at the Black College Golf Coaches Association Invitational in Newnan, Ga.

JR Smith Is Live-Tweeting His Academic Progress And It’s Incredibly Entertaining

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J.R. Smith Is Live Tweeting His College Experience And Shared A Funny Story From His First Week

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J.R. Smith is back in school and it’s already off to a humorous start. The 35-year-old, two-time NBA champion began class at North Carolina A&T earlier this week and is pursuing a degree in liberal studies.

When Smith was a senior in high school in 2004, he was committed to play college basketball at North Carolina after a lengthy recruiting battle. However, not long after winning MVP at the McDonald’s All-American Game, a NBA scout told him that he could always return to college and get a degree if he chose to go straight to the league.

Well, after 16 years of professional basketball, Smith is doing just that. And in addition, he is competing on the Aggie golf team as a Division-I golfer.

As the 6-foot-6 former NBA guard walks the halls on campus in Greensboro, N.C., he is hard to miss. But at the same time, it’s also hard to believe.

Smith’s eventful first week.

Smith has been live tweeting some of his college experience and shared a funny story from his first week. Apparently, despite the fact that he is actually who he says he is, Smith’s classmates aren’t buying in.

 

In response to the disbelief from his study group, one person suggested that he should pull a prank. Smith says those days have passed.

 

While some people might think that Smith is just sandbagging his way to a degree, he wants to be very clear that it is not just a joke or a hobby. He’s in it to learn and he’s doing all of his own work.

 

And that work he is doing is not easy.

 

 

As Smith starts to fine-tune his vocabulary and incorporate some of what he is learning at NC A&T, he joked that his whole way of communication is about to change.

 

When it comes to day-to-day life, Smith did make close to $90 million in career earnings after all. He isn’t quite worried about the same things that other students might be.

 

 

But with that being said, he does seem to want to get some of the true college experience and might go bully some poor dudes on the hardwood.

 

It sounds like it has been an interesting first week at college for Smith. Fortunately for us, the updates have been promised to continue.

 

This is going to be fun!

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Smith with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018
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Born September 9, 1985 (age 36)
Freehold Borough, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
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High school
NBA draft 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Playing career 2004–2020
Position Shooting guard
Number 23, 1, 5, 8, 21
Career history
20042006 New Orleans Hornets[a]
20062011 Denver Nuggets
2011–2012 Zhejiang Golden Bulls
20122015 New York Knicks
20152019 Cleveland Cavaliers
2020 Los Angeles Lakers
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Earl Joseph “J. R.” Smith III (born September 9, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player. He played high school basketball at New Jersey basketball powerhouse Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark. He entered the NBA out of high school after being selected in the first round of the 2004 NBA draft with the 18th overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets. He has also played for the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks, as well as for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association. Smith has won two NBA Championships, with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 and with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.

Born in Freehold Borough, New Jersey, Smith grew up in the Clarksburg section of Millstone Township, New Jersey. He spent five years in high school. A freshman in 1999–2000, Smith went to Steinert High for the first semester and then McCorristin Catholic High for the next, both in New Jersey. Having not competed in sports for either school, he was permitted to transfer to Lakewood High and repeat his freshman year. He played two seasons of basketball for Lakewood before transferring to Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in 2002. Smith was highly rated in football and also played baseball. He focused strictly on basketball as a senior. He committed to play college basketball at North Carolina after a lengthy recruiting battle. However, after winning co-MVP with Dwight Howard at the 2004 McDonald’s All-American Game, Smith decided to forgo college and declared for the 2004 NBA draft.

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Earl Smith III ▪ Twitter: TheRealJRSmith ▪ Instagram: teamswish

(The Prodigy, J.R. Swish, Henny God, 911)

Position: Shooting Guard and Small Forward ▪ Shoots: Right

6-6, 225lb (198cm, 102kg)

Born: September 9, 1985 (Age: 36-008d) in Freehold, New Jersey us

Relatives: Brother Chris Smith

High School: Saint Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey

Recruiting Rank: 2004 (23)

Draft: New Orleans Hornets, 1st round (18th pick, 18th overall), 2004 NBA Draft

NBA Debut: November 3, 2004

Experience: 16 years

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