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.
Sources: American rap star J. Cole is signing a deal in the Basketball Africa League with Rwanda's Patriots B.B.C. J. Cole will play 3-to-6 games, the first of which on Sunday vs. Nigeria.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 10, 2021
Sources confirm @NewTimesRwanda report @JColeNC expected to play for Rwanda Patriots BBC in @theBAL. The rap star is in the four-day quarantine and the signing is expected to be official Thursday. Patriots open BAL action Sunday vs Nigeria River Hoopers 7 am EST live on ESPNews. https://t.co/QorCELnX96
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) May 10, 2021
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.