J. Cole Lands A Professional Basketball Contract In Canada

    Rap Artist J. Cole is stepping away from recording and returning to the basketball court. Following in the footsteps of Drake, who is an official member of the Toronto Raptors, his hometown basketball team in Canada. 

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    J. Cole has dreamed of being a pro basketball player for a while. After a video of his exercise was released on Twitter, the Detroit Pistons offered him a tryout in August 2020. J. Cole isn’t giving up on his basketball goals. 

    J. Cole had joined the Rwanda Patriots of the African Basketball League. J. Cole agreed to play professional basketball, back in May 2021. The North Carolina-native rap legend will pursue pro basketball for the second year in a row.

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    Following his run with the Rwanda Patriots BBC within Basketball Africa League, Grammy Award-winning rapper J. Cole is apparently heading north to join the Scarborough Shooting Stars in the Canadian Elite Basketball League. 

    J. Cole will now travel to CEBL offseason workouts in Scarborough to familiarize himself with his new squad in advance of the forthcoming season. As training camp began this week, Shams Charania of The Athletic revealed the news of Cole’s newest basketball venture on Thursday night May 19, 2022.

    “J. Cole is signing a contract with the Scarborough Shooting Stars in the Canadian Elite Basketball League, the rap star’s second consecutive year playing professionally,” said Shams Charania of The Athletic.  He ended his post with “CEBL training camp began this week, with the season opener on May 26, 2022.”


    Because the Shooting Stars are in their inaugural season, acquiring a well-known celebrity could help boost attendance this summer. The league is primarily made up of Canadians and is designed to nurture and promote Canadian players. Although the league has a regulation that requires 70 percent of the rosters to be Canadian, J Cole is expected to help bring in more attention and ticket sales. Which in return helps young talented Canadians to have more opportunities.

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    Queen Suigeneris
    Queen Suigeneris
    Based in Philadelphia, Queen Suigeneris is the Lead Writer for HipHopUntapped. She enjoys reading, poetry, and fashion.

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