A lot of times, NBA players don't get the opportunity to finish college prior to playing in the league. That is due to the fact that many choose to leave early in order to declare for the NBA Draft.
J. R. Smith is a player that ended up going back to college after his playing career. He is an accomplished player, a two-time champion and a Sixth Man of the Year award winner. But recently, he accomplished something great outside of the court, which is a 4.0 GPA in his first semester of college at North Carolina A&T State University, where he is part of the golf team.
Smith has recently shared some of his thoughts on his achievement, and it's clear that he is proud of what he has accomplished. He also put in a lot of work into being able to do that, claiming that he worked on school work from "8 to 11, sometimes longer".
I can't even describe the feeling, I ain't even gonna lie to you...when I tell you 4.0... Monday through Friday, 8 to 11, sometimes longer. Straight schoolwork when you're not used to going to school and doing all that s*it... Especially when you think you can't do it. You always hear about your disabilities and all this shit that plays a part in why you can't think the way you want to… and still being able to achieve that shit... I'm happy about that one, that's tough.
There is no doubt that a 4.0 GPA is an amazing mark for a regular student, let alone a professional athlete who missed college in order to go to the NBA. Hopefully, J. R. Smith's success in academics continues in the future.
It is good to see J. R. Smith make the decision to go back to college, as not everyone does so at the end of their career. A college degree is certainly useful, and it will certainly be rewarding for Smith when he ends up graduating.