Rapper J. Cole intends to continue his basketball career. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania report, he signed a contract with the Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Basketball Elite League. This will be his second season as a professional player, having featured for Patriots Basketball Club in the Basketball Africa League last season.
His experience with the Patriots was quite limited. The 6’3″ full-back came off the bench in three preliminary games before leaving last May due to a “family obligation”, according to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears. J. Cole was only expected to play three to six games, so he fulfilled his contractual obligation. He played a total of 45 minutes during which he had five points, three assists and five rebounds.
The Grammy Award-winning rapper – who turned 37 in January – had some basketball experience under his belt before turning professional. He played at Terry Sanford High School before becoming an extra for the St. John’s Red Storm. In 2012, he certainly put on a show when he adapted for Team East in the NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game.
CEBL launched with six teams in 2019 but has now expanded to 10 franchises. Training camp is underway this week and the regular season is scheduled to start on May 26. The Shooting Stars open with a game against the Guelph Nighthawks on Thursday.