J. Cole Inks Deal With Canadian Basketball Team


| LAST UPDATE 05/26/2022

By Zuzanna Krause
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J. Cole is hitting the basketball courts, again - but this time with the Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League. The highly-celebrated rapper is joining the professional basketball world for the second year in a row following his contract with the Rwanda Patriots B.B.C. of the Basketball Africa League last year. It sounds like the Work Out singer is getting his work out on the court, and nothing is stopping him. Here's what to know.

With major success from the beginning stages of his career, the North Carolina native has become one of the most influential rappers in the industry. Cole World: The Sideline Story changed the rap game, and each album after that continued to evolve his career into what we see today. Besides becoming one of the best rappers in the game, the mega-star rapper accounted for his aspirations to play basketball again (after playing in high school) in a piece for The Players' Tribune. So he's really hitting his life goals.

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It looks like the aspiring basketball player was also able to check off a career bucket list goal last year when he signed a contract with the Rwanda Patriots B.B.S. of the Basketball Africa League. The 6'3 guard only played in three basketball games for the Patriots after exiting the team for "family reasons." Cole fulfilled his contractional obligations with the N.B.A. partnered league after playing in three games, scoring five points, dishing out three assists, and grabbing five rebounds. Per Complex, former N.B.A. player Ben Uzoh, who played against J.Cole during his time on the court, commended the young athlete for reaching his dream and "helping push the game on the continent with his buzz, clout, reputation, and who he is as an entertainer."

Following his time with the Basketball Africa League, the rapper has officially inked a deal with the Scarborough Shooting Stars in the Canadian Elite Basketball League. The CEBL began with six teams in 2019 and now has reached to 10, with J.Cole becoming one of the most recognizable star athletes leading their pack. CEBL training camp began this week, with the season opener on May 26 - and we can't wait to watch Cole dominate the court!

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