J Cole Set To Play In The Basketball Africa League
The last time any of us heard a J.Cole album was back in 2018 with KOD. Since then he's been on the Revenge Of The Dreamers III albums, but only with appearances on a few songs. He's been relatively quiet, popping up here and there on social media but VERY scarcely. It could even be said he's been been spending more time training to potentially play in the NBA and has had multiple scrimmages with NBA players and has been training quite regularly. J.Cole resurfaced not too long ago, announcing the release of his new album, 'The Offseason' which drops in just 4 days and now, to add to that, multiple sources have confirmed that J.Cole will begin his professional basketball career in the Basketball Africa League playing for the Rwanda Patriots.
As mentioned, Cole has spent a lot of time training. Many were even convinced that he would get a shot at the NBA. Master P, legendary rapper who also spent time playing in the NBA with the Toronto Raptors, said he was 'convinced' that J.Cole was trying to get to the league. At one point, the Detroit Pistons even offered him a chance at a tryout.
More and more we kept seeing Cole working on his game, spending hours in the gym working with NBA Skills Trainer Chris Brickley, who has worked with the likes of CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Hardaway Jr and even celebrities such as Dave East and Polo G.
Cole even has his own signature line of Basketball Sneakers with PUMA, which have graced many NBA and WNBA courts since their release. Players such as Kyle Kuzma, Demarcus Cousins, Skylar Diggins and Lamelo Ball have laced up the DREAMERS.
This is all to show how heavily integrated J.Cole has been in the game of basketball and how seriously he's been taking it. Here and there we've seen many other rappers dibble and dabble in the game of basketball, taking part in celebrity all-star games and as of this year, taking part in the celebrity 3v3 challenge. Cole is taking that to the next level and now, he's getting the opportunity to play professionally.
The Basketball Africa League is a new league, with its first season now scheduled to start on May 16th 2021. The league is a collaborative effort between the NBA and FIBA with sponsorships from Nike and Jordan and has teams from Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Algeria, Cameroon and more. Although it is a brand new league, it is powered by the pinnacle of basketball in the NBA and the head governing body in FIBA, in a continent where the basketball is at a good level. The skill level may not be that of the NBA or even that of the Euroleague, but it is a high level of competition nonetheless and a great place for someone like J.Cole to start his career.
At 36 years old, it's probably safe to say that Father Time is most definitely not on Cole's side in terms of a long basketball career, but we don't think that's what this is about for Cole. It's more about just fulfilling his dream of playing professional basketball, a dream that he'll be able to say he brought to life. We're eager to see how he performs in his first game, which will be on Sunday where his Rwanda Patriots will take on the Nigeria River Hoopers on ESPNNEWS at 2PM GMT.