Rapper J.Cole has officially made his Basketball Africa League debut with the Rwanda Patriots Basketball Club this weekend.
Just days after releasing his highly-anticipated sixth studio album, J.Cole played his first game as a professional basketball player. He scored three points, secured three rebounds and made two assists in just under 18 minutes on the court. His first points came as a putback layup off of Steve Hagumintwari’s miss in the final minute of the first quarter. In the second quarter, Cole added a free throw on a technical but missed both his field-goal attempts in the second half of the game.
Nonetheless, the Patriots came out victorious, defeating Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers 83-60. Cole is expected to play three to six games with the Patriots. This is not the first time the rapper, now a professional basketball player has stood out in the sport. He played in high school and briefly for St. John’s as a walk-on. Cole’s debut game was the league’s first-ever game.
Check out J.Cole’s highlights below.