Basketball Africa League

Report: Grammy Award-winning rapper J. Cole to sign with Rwanda Patriots of Basketball Africa League

Just days after Grammy-Award winning rapper J. Cole announced he'll be dropping his newest studio album "The Off-Season" on Friday, May 14, it appears as though the offseason is really over.

According to ESPN's Marc J. Spears, Jermaine Cole is expected to play for the Rwanda Patriots BBC of the Basketball Africa League during the league's inaugural season, which begins on Sunday, May 16.

Cole, 36, was a basketball star at Sanford High School in North Carolina before walking on to the Division-I men's team at St. John's University. He has played in multiple NBA All-Star celebrity games and is often seen working on his game with well-known basketball trainer Chris Brickley.

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The New Times Rwanda originally broke the news, showing video of Cole in the country. According to Spears, his deal is expected to go final on Thursday and he is expected to suit up for the Patriots' opening game on Sunday against the Nigeria River Hoopers at 7 a.m. on ESPNEWS in the United States.

The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), is a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa.

The BAL builds on the foundation of club competitions FIBA has organized in Africa and marks the NBA's first collaboration to operate a league outside North America.

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