- Cole, full named Jermaine Cole used to Play Professional Basketball in Africa
World-famous Rapper, J. Cole, who used to play professional Basketball in Africa intends to continue playing his dream sports. According to the reports by Athletic’s correspondent Shams Charania, Cole is signing a contract with the Canadian Elite Basketball League side, Scarborough Shooting Stars. This will be his second year playing professional basketball after playing last year for Patriots Basketball Club in the Basketball Africa League last season.
He had quite a small stint with Patriots in the African League. According to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, the 6’3″ guard was only expected to play three to six games according to his contract and he fulfilled that obligation by playing just three preliminary games, and that too from the bench, before leaving last May due to “family obligation”. He collected five points, three assists and five rebounds in a limited playing time of just 45 minutes during those three games.
The 37-years old Grammy award-winning rapper did have some experience under his belt before playing for the Patriots. He used to play for Terry Sanford High School before becoming a walk-on for the St. John’s Red Storm. Representing East Team during the NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game in 2012, he put on a serious show, which got a lot of applause from both media and fans alike.
The Canadian Elite Basketball League side, which was launched in 2019, has decided to expand the number of teams from 6 to 10 this year. Training camps are underway this week with the regular season set to tip off on May 26.