For J. Cole, it’s more than just making hoops. Playing basketball has always been his dream. A dream he left for rap at a point in his life. He told The Players’ Tribune that it was a difficult decision sacrificing playing basketball for rap in his youth.
J. Cole is no longer in his Dreamville jersey; he is living the dream wearing the Patriots’ in no other continent but Africa, his grassroot. It’s also beyond basketball for Basketball Africa League (BAL).
One would wonder why he came all the way home despite Detroit Pistons eyeing the rapper-basketballer showing off his skills in dropping balls through hoops outside dropping bars. But it seems all roads lead to Africa a week after dropping his latest music album — The Off-Season.
It was announced that he signed the deal to play with Rwanda’s Patriots on May 10 — same day Applying Pressure off his album was premiered.
J. Cole made his professional basketball debut for the Rwanda Patriots on Saturday after warming up with teammates to his song before making the headlines with a 3-point shot in the game against Nigerian Rivers Hoopers.
The game was broadcasted on national television in the United States as well. What could be more than a dream come through as J. Cole rocked #15 jersey, the very number he carried playing basketball in high school.
At the end of the BAL game against the Nigerian Rivers Hoopers, it was a win for J. Cole and The Patriots: 83-60
The tournament will be held completely in Kigali, Rwanda, and will run until May 30.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.