September 25, 2021

Rapper J. Cole is said to have signed a deal with Rwanda’s Patriots of the Basketball Africa League.

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J. Cole is bringing his basketball skills to Africa, just days after releasing the first single from his forthcoming album, The Off-Season.

Cole is reportedly negotiating a contract with Rwanda’s Patriots B.B.C. of the Basketball Africa League, according to NBA insider Shams Charania. The 36-year-old rapper will take part in three to six games, the first of which will be against Nigeria on Sunday. On ESPN, the game will begin at 7 a.m. EST.

Cole’s hoop dreams have been well-documented since he first came on the scene as a former walk-on at St. Johns.

Cole spoke about his basketball ambitions in a feature article for The Players’ Tribune last July. Cole launched an advertisement for his first signature basketball shoe, Puma’s RS-Dreamer, later that month, sparking reports that he was considering a career in the NBA.The reports reached a fever pitch in August, when Master P announced that the Dreamville rapper was interested in making the transition to the NBA, causing the Detroit Pistons to extend an invitation for Cole to come try out for their team.

Only time will tell if Cole possesses the required skills to play in the NFL. Nonetheless, earning a spot on Rwanda’s Patriots roster is a great start.

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