We reported earlier that American rapper, J Cole was set to feature for Rwandan side, Patriots in the maiden edition of the NBA spinoff, Basketball Africa League.
Cole ended up scoring 3 points in his first appearance and helped his Rwandan side beat Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers.
Just days after breaking the internet with the release of his sixth studio album, The Off-Season, Cole made his professional basketball debut, scoring three points, securing three rebounds and had a couple of assists in a 17-minute cameo.
The Patriots eventually came out on top, beating Rivers Hoopers 83-60. Cole came off the bench in the final minute of the opening quarter and got himself into the scoring column right away.
Teammate Steve Hagumintwari missed a layup in transition, but Cole was able to follow up the shot and convert the putback. In the second quarter, The Off-Season mastermind, also converted a technical free throw to score his third point of the game, showing that he could dunk as much as he could rap.
Cole is expected to play in three to six games for the Patriots. This is not the first time the rapper would be trying his luck on the court. At Stanford High in North Carolina, he was a star growing up and even walked onto the St. John’s Basketball team. However, The North Carolina rapper chose to pursue a career in music rather than in B-Ball.
In a related post, we reviewed Cole’s new album The Off-Season, detailing just how good the album is and why Cole is regarded as an elite. You can find the post here.
J Cole makes his professional Basketball debut. Surreal!
And there it is. J. Cole’s first points in the Basketball Africa League
J. Cole hits the technical free throw for his 3rd point
J Cole with the assist to the big man. His stat line: 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
J Cole’s team Patriots BC picks up the win 83 to 60.
His final stat line: 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists