Smith awaits latest SAT results

Word is expected soon on whether or not McDonald's All-American J.R. Smith made the necessary score on his latest SAT attempt to attend the University of North Carolina.

"I'm pretty sure he did," said Earl Smith, J.R.'s father, from his New Jersey home Tuesday evening. "I've been calling and trying to get the score but I couldn't for some reason today. I've got another number that I'm going to try tomorrow, so I should have the score tomorrow."

The elder Smith said that his son needs to get a 720-750 on his test in order to qualify. With the sliding scale rule, that's the necessary number that the senior will need to score in order to meet NCAA freshman eligibility guidelines.

"Well, his GPA right now is around a 2.8-3.0, so he's got to get it done with the SAT," Smith said. "We had his phone disconnected, too. Now, he's got to concentrate on his studies. He's also enrolled in a prep SAT course every Saturday.

"He's going to get it done, no question about it."

While many of the top prep stars are contemplating a jump from the high school ranks to the pros, Smith is sure his son isn't one of them.

"To be honest, we haven't talked about (going pro) one bit," Smith said. "Now I can't speak for him, and I know like most kids, it's probably in the back of his mind somewhere, but he's excited to play at North Carolina."

Smith's family and his coach are very confident that the high-flying 6-7 wing will get the necessary score to be a Tar Heel. While his coach, Danny Hurley, stated there's a "99.9%" chance Smith will qualify, his father offered similar good odds.

"Ninety-five percent," Smith said. "He's going to take another SAT on the 27th of this month, too."

Smith's high school season end late last month with a loss in the state title game. For the season, Smith led St. Benedicts to a 29-2 record while pouring in 23.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.


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