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  • Writer's pictureZairis TéJion Miles, Sr.

J. Cole signs with Scarborough Shooting Stars of CEBL

“Athletes wanna be rappers, rappers wanna be athletes,” — Lil Wayne

Why not be both?

J. Cole is definitely proven he can do both!

J. Cole signs a contract with the Canadian Elite Basketball League’s Scarborough Shooting Stars, the league announced Thursday May 19th. The six-foot-three guard began his professional basketball career last year, joining the Rwanda-based Patriots Basketball Club of the Basketball Africa League (BAL). In three games, he averaged 1.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists. Cole has definitely proven himself as a basketball player during his time playing in the TheBAL (Basketball Africa League) . Giving up on this dream is not an option form Cole. No more Off Season, it’s game time now!

The Shooting Stars will tip-off their inaugural season this year, with training camp already underway this week and the season opener taking place on May 26. Scarborough’s franchise owners are Nicholas (Niko) Carino, one of the founding members of OVO (October’s Very Own) the lifestyle brand of rapper Drake and Sam Ibrahim, a founding member of the Playground Global basketball complex.

More About CEBL:

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. 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.

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