The two-time NBA champion is returning to school and enrolling at North Carolina A&T to pursue a degree in liberal studies. He’s also hoping he can find a spot on the Aggies’ golf team if the NCAA will clear him.
Smith committed to the North Carolina Tar Heels as a star high school basketball prospect but opted instead to jump straight to the NBA.
“Trying to figure out if I still have eligibility,” Smith told reporters Wednesday at the Wyndham Pro-Am about his move. “More importantly, I’m trying to educate myself and do something after basketball. They always told me I could go back whenever, when I was coming out of high school. So this is whenever for me.”
“It’s not very often that somebody in his position really has an opportunity to do this and to be able to go ahead and move in that direction,” Aggies coach Richard Watkins told John Dell of the Winston-Salem Journal. “You know, he’s a former professional athlete, but it’s a set of circumstances where he didn’t go to college out of high school. His [eligibility] clock never started.”