Rapper to pro ball player, J.Cole always had dreams of being a basketball player.
” I was always in love with basketball as a kid, but I thought I was way better than I really was because I didn’t have a male figure around to show me how to actually play. Me and my brother just kind of figured it out playing rec ball. I went to a middle school that didn’t have a team. That kind of set me back.” he told sports illustrated in an interview.
After years of pursuing basketball, a few days behind his sixth studio album, J. Cole made his pro-ball debut. He joined an African basketball League, the Rwanda Patriots Basketball Club. The rapper scored three points in his first game and secured three rebounds.
Last year Cole vacated Rwanda after his contract due to a “family obligation,” according to ESPN in 2021.
Even though his fans were proud of him, others had justifiable negative comments about his new career. In an interview during coles season, co-player Haydee Ndayishimiye expressed, “He’s a great basketball player and wants to play the game like everyone else. We understand some other teams may feel this way, but we made a basketball decision first.” explained in an article on Yahoo. Many people believe that it was good for the popularity of the team; however, players believed he didn’t deserve the spot and only gained it due to his rap career. A 3-6 game deal with the Patriots was signed. The build-up to his signing had his fans celebrating with him. and the build-up to his signing had the basketball community excited. During his season, his performance was not outstanding, but the team believed in his shooting abilities and knew enough about the game.
His performance was good enough to play a second season, and this time it’s a little closer to home. Cole will continue his career with the Canadian team Scarborough Shooting Stars. The Elite Basketball League tweeted Thursday night about the news.
The rapper has always meshed his music career with basketball. He even named mixtapes and albums basketball phrases such as “The Warm Up” and “The Off-Season” the covers would even feature basketball gear. The season begins on May 25th, 2022, and fans are excited.