American rap superstar J. Cole will take his basketball skills to Canada.
The CEBL announced Thursday that the 6’3″ goaltender, born Jermaine Cole, has signed a deal with the Scarborough Shooting Stars to continue his professional basketball career.
Cole, 37, is set to begin his second consecutive stint in professional basketball after playing with the Rwanda-based Basketball Africa League BBC Patriots last season.
The rapper recorded five points, three assists and five rebounds in three games before leaving the team due to family obligations.
He joins a team from Scarborough, Ont., which will play its inaugural season after being announced as a new CEBL expansion club last summer.
The Shooting Stars are partly owned by Nicholas Carino, one of the co-founders of popular clothing and lifestyle brand OVO (October’s Very Own).
Among the Shooting Stars staff are Jamaal Magloire, a former NBA player and Toronto Raptors basketball development consultant and community ambassador who serves as the team’s vice president and senior advisor, as well as Brady Heslip, a former member of the Canadian national sniper team, who is the general manager of the club.
Cole will likely have to be away from the team for much of the season.
The Shooting Stars’ first game is May 26 as they visit the Guelph Nighthawks who can be seen live on CBCSports.ca. Their first home game is June 4 against the Hamilton Honey Badgers.
After that, there is another game, June 7, at home against the Newfoundland Growlers before Cole can play before going on tour.
Cole is scheduled to begin his tour on June 10 in New York. When he begins his tour, Scarborough will still have 15 games to play.
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