J. Cole turns his hoop dreams into reality.
Monday (May 10), ESPN reported that Cole is ready to run for Rwanda Patriots BBC for the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League. According to the report, Cole arrived in Rwanda this weekend and his signing is expected to be formalized on Thursday, April 13. Cole will play his first game on Sunday May 16 against Nigeria River Hoopers.
Rwandan local press briefing New times shared a video of Cole in Rwanda in what appears to be a gym on their Twitter account.
XXL contacted J. Cole’s representatives for confirmation.
J. Cole played high school basketball at Terry Sanford High School in North Carolina in the early 2000s before walking to St. John’s University. He eventually chose hip-hop, but played hoop themes on early projects like his debut album, Cole World: The Story of the Sideline and Warming up.
More recently, there has been speculation that Cole wants to return to the field. Last August, Cole appeared in the Puma commercial where he appeared to be training. Master P, who recounted the advertisement, later said Cole was training for a shot in the NBA. “When I spoke to J. Cole, he said, ‘You know, big dog, you did. What do you think I should do to make this happen? Said P, who was on the preseason squads for the Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets in the late 1990s. That same month, the Detroit Pistons gave the 36-year-old rapper from Dreamville a tryout.
Basketball news comes as Cole is days away from releasing his sixth solo studio album, The off-season.
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