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J. R. Smith Explains What It Was Like To Get His First "A" Grade In College: "It Was Like Dunking On Somebody Or Hitting A Game-Winner."

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J. R. Smith is a two-time NBA champion and a former Sixth Man of the Year award winner. However, it seems as though his playing days are over as of right now. J. R. Smith has moved on to other pursuits.

It was previously reported that J. R. Smith would be enrolling at North Carolina A&T State University to try and get a college degree in liberal studies. He has also joined the golf team at the university.

The 35-year-old J.R. Smith is enrolling at North Carolina A&T State University to pursue a degree in liberal studies and also is waiting on the NCAA and to sort out his eligibility so he can join the Aggies’ golf team.

There is no doubt that this is a worthwhile pursuit for J. R. Smith, and hopefully, he is able to finish that degree. He seems to be doing well overall as Smith previously revealed that he got a 4.0 GPA in his first semester.

J. R. Smith Compared In College

There's no doubt that getting a 4.0 GPA in college is fulfilling for any student. It is a testament to the hard work one puts into their studies, and J. R. Smith should be proud of that accomplishment.

When speaking to Pierce Simpson of Complex, J. R. Smith opened up on what it meant to get a 4.0 GPA while also getting the Academic Athlete of the Year award from North Carolina A&T. Smith claimed that he was putting in the work like he was attempting to "make the league all over again", and added that when he got his first A in class, it was as if he was "dunking on somebody or hitting a game-winner."

But fast-forward to August 2021, and J.R. officially enrolled into North Carolina A&T, not just as a student but as a collegiate athlete, joining the Aggies golf team. J.R.’s pursuit in his pivot proved to be fruitful, emotional, and fulfilling. As he put it, it felt like the first time in 16 years that people began to finally take him seriously.

J.R. secured a 4.0 GPA during his first semester of college and was also named Academic Athlete of the Year at North Carolina A&T.

“I was working like I was literally trying to make the league all over again,” Smith said. “It was fun as hell. When I got my first A in class, it was like me dunking on somebody or hitting a game-winner.” 

J. R. Smith was notably drafted straight out of high school, and it is good to see that he is able to do well in college despite spending a long time in the league. His working towards getting a higher education is admirable.

Hopefully, we will continue to see J. R. Smith thrive in a college environment. He has clearly put in the effort and is taking his studies seriously, and he's not bad at golf either. Perhaps we will hear more about his success in the future.