Rapper J. Cole signs with the Canadian Basketball League

Fresh off his “The Off-Season Tour” special, J. Cole is ready to put on his sneakers again.

On Thursday, Cole agreed to Join the Canadian Elite Basketball League to pursue his professional basketball career. The multi-platinum rapper last played in the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL) season.

In three BAL appearances, Cole had five points, five rebounds and three assists. The 6-foot-3 guard is now returning to the hardwoods to pursue his basketball dreams.

This time he also returns with a bit of NBA influence.

Cole spent time with the Orlando Magic last September. He worked with the Magic ahead of the 2021 season and set up a few pickup games. The experience was a cool moment for the former St. John’s University athlete.

The talented rapper will play for the Scarborough Shooting Stars this season. The front office also includes former NBA standout Jamaal Magloire. Magloire serves as Vice President and Senior Advisor for the organization.

The Shooting Stars are an expansion team that will begin their inaugural campaign against the Guelph Nighthawks on May 26.

Cole has won several awards off the pitch. His single “A Lot” featuring 21 Savage won a Grammy for Best Rap Song.

His latest album, “The Off-Season”, peaked at No. 1 on the charts after its release in May 2021.

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