J.Cole made his debut for Rwanda’s Patriots at Basketball Africa League playing in their 83-60 win over the Rivers Hoopers from Nigeria.
The rapper, whose real name is Jermaine Cole, finished with three rebounds and three points in the game in his professional basketball debut on Sunday 16 May, 2021 playing 17:51 of the Patriots 83-60 win over the Rivers Hoopers in the Basketball League.
The Inaugural Basketball Africa League was kicked off on Sunday in Kigali, Rwanda capital, which featured 12 teams across the continent
Cole, who played as a shooting guard, checked in during the first quarter, after a fast break got into the score board and had three points off the bench to go with three rebounds, two assists and three turnovers.
J. Cole's first bucket with the Patriots BBC‼️
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The 36 year old rapper with an estimate fortune of more than $60 million and with five platinum albums agreed a deal to play three to six games this season, bringing attention to a team that has won last five years in their domestic league before qualifying for the Basketbal African league
The rapper arrived earlier in Rwanda in May to have himself quarantine in order to be ready to play for his team in the league
In the second half, there were more struggles, missing a running layup and a three point shot while also some turnovers giving away, he still made assist as help his team finish off a blowout victory after his fast break in his first game of the tournament.
The North Carolina state Standout Brandon Costner was also feature in the patriot game against Hoopers and he could be a top contender in this inaugural season
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Having showcased his basketball ability in the past at a celebrity contest and even pickup games, the celebrity also can help on the floor
According the press, Cole at one point considered a professional basketball career when he was a member of Sanford High School in North Carolina.
The major competition, Basketball Africa League is supported by the most powerful basketball organization in the world, including the American NBA