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Report: Rapper J Cole to play in Basketball Africa League

Rapper J Cole tries to dunk during dunk contest

CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 16: Rapper J.Cole dunks the ball during the 2019 AT&T Slam Dunk Contest as part of the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on February 16, 2019 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

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In the 2019 dunk contest, Dennis Smith Jr. put on a J Cole high school jersey, jumped over a seated Cole, caught a pass from the rapper and dunked. Then, Cole – a plan more than a year in the making – got up and tried to dunk, though he came up just short.

Cole will have another opportunity to shine on the court – this time as the one wearing his own jersey – in the Basketball Africa League.

The New Times:

This is pretty cool.

Cole tried to walk on at St. John’s and made it past initial cuts. That’s a fairly high level of basketball.

But there’s a big difference between drawing consideration for a college team and playing professional basketball, especially for a 36-year-old.

Maybe Cole can hold his own in the BAL if he has diligently trained for this. It’s tough to determine the level of play for the new league, and it’s at least possible Cole has major basketball potential that has gone untapped while he focused on music. His highlights are very impressive for a rapper:

At minimum, Cole’s foray into professional basketball will attract attention for himself and the BAL, which I doubt anyone involved will mind.