US rapper J. Cole is a very busy man these days. Not only does he have a new album release on the horizon, he now appears to be putting down the microphone and taking a basketball.
It was revealed on Monday that the musician is about to sign a deal with Rwanda-based Patriots BBC, a team that will play on the brand new team Basketball Africa League.
Cole, 36, arrived in Rwanda this week and is currently under quarantine The undefeated. The tournament kicks off on May 16 when the Patriots face Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers, and Cole is expected to perform in some way.
As if the hype surrounding the start of the new NBA league wasn’t enough, the inclusion of a celebrity on the home team list has raised the question of whether they’re legit when it comes to keeping up with professional athletes.
Aristide Mugabe loves having J. Cole on his Patriots team for the Basketball Africa League.
Cole’s love of basketball is well known. He played for Sanford [North Carolina] High school and was a walk-on in St. John’s, but it ultimately focused on music.
Cole, told Sports Illustrated 2013: “I was scared of actually forming the team and quickly losing my college lifestyle.
“I should have turned into this guy who had to practice two or three times a day and wake up at six in the morning. I was also in love with music and knew I wanted to rap.”
Cole’s newest album, called The Off-Season in US Sports Reference, is expected to be released on Friday and is the sixth album of his career with multiple platinum strings.
However, that didn’t stop him from keeping basketball as a big part of his life.
Just last July, Cole spoke to The Players’ Tribune In response to his basketball ambitions, and later that month, he even dropped a signature basketball shoe, Puma’s RS-Dreamer.
Legendary rapper Master P even claimed that Cole wanted to join the NBA, which prompted the Detroit Pistons to do so extend an offer for Cole to come and try it out for her team.
.@JColeNC has always been a bucket 💦
– NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 10, 2021
He also has strong friendships within the NBA, particularly with Dennis Smith Jr. Cole of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Cole last joined Pistons Point Guard after the murder of George Floyd in anti-social justice protests in 2020.
He also played a famous role as Prop for Smith Jr. In an NBA dunk contest, the two have already talked about how they used to practice basketball together.
How good is cole? Judging from viral videos he trains in, he sure seems to have a smooth jump. In 2012, he also took part in ESPN’s All-Star Celebrity Game, where he scored a fantastic hit Alley oop.
J. Cole is out here fetching a BUCKET 💦
– ESPN (@espn) 26th July 2019
The Patriots that Cole will sign for have won every single game on the road to success for the East Division in the qualifying tournament. They are also well equipped for big things in the tournament, and a pinch of star power could push them even further.