J. Cole is reportedly continuing his basketball career.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Cole is signing a contract with the Scarborough Shooting Stars in the Canadian Elite Basketball League. It's his second consecutive year playing professionally following his run with the Patriots Basketball Club in the Basketball Africa League.
The CEBL expanded to 10 teams for the 2022 season. Training camp began this week, with the regular season set to begin May 26. The Shooting Stars became the league's eighth franchise in August and will be playing their inaugural season this year.
"Scarborough is a basketball hotbed that has produced some of Canada’s very best players," CEBL CEO and Commissioner Mike Morreale said when the team was founded. "When the new team hits the court in 2022 it will bring an elevated passion and love for the game, the Scarborough community, and for the next generation of CEBL stars."
The CEBL was founded in 2017 and began play in 2019 with six teams. The league typically plays 20 regular-season games culminating in the playoffs and a final four championship weekend. The Edmonton Stingers won the title in each of the last two years.
Cole appeared in three games for the Patriots in the 2021 season and finished with totals of five points, three assists and five rebounds in 45 minutes of action off the bench. The Grammy Award-winning rapper has shown his basketball skills multiple times in the past on social media, so perhaps he will have a better season with Scarborough.