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Look: J.R. Smith Reacts To His Academic Success

Former NBA shooting guard J.R Smith playing golf.

AKRON, OH - AUGUST 02: J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to media during a preview day of the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on August 2, 2017 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

J.R. Smith earned a massive achievement this week. The former NBA guard was named North Carolina A&T's Academic Athlete of the Year.

Smith, who enrolled at North Carolina A&T in August of 2021, joined the university's golf team after receiving clearance from the NCAA.

While there are plenty of fans enjoying Smith's journey on the golf course, the fact that he earned a 4.0 GPA in his first semester is far more impressive.

On Tuesday morning, Smith commented on his academic success at North Carolina AT&T. He admit that he was terrified at first about going back to school.

"If I'm being honest at all, I was terrified to go back to school,"

If I'm being honest at all, I was tariffed to go back to school... Literally, these assignments still make my heads sweat. Overcoming these fears of being vulnerable and open about my disability has given me real power! Power no one will ever take from me!

— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) April 26, 2022

">Smith tweeted. "Literally, these assignments still make my heads sweat. Overcoming these fears of being vulnerable and open about my disability has given me real power! Power no one will ever take from me."

Smith's success in the classroom is truly inspiring.

In 2004, Smith decided to skip college and go straight to the NBA. That wasn't a bad decision considering he had a productive career on the hardwood. Now, he's doing all he can to make sure the next chapter of his life is equally successful.