Update 05/16/2021 2:12pm:
Previously, it was reported that J. Cole would be joining the Rwanda Patriots basketball team in the Basketball Africa League, with the team publicly welcoming the North Carolina rapper via Instagram. Now, footage has surfaced of Cole making his BAL debut on May 16 with the team.
The Rwanda Patriots faced off against the Nigeria River Hoopers, and Cole made moves against the team on the defensive end. The rapper was able to get a key putback after a teammate missed a layup towards the end of the first quarter as well. Watch above.
Update 05/12/2021 10:38am:
Ahead of J. Cole's debut for the Rwandan side of the Patriots BBC in the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League, the team publicly welcomed him on Instagram.
The Patriots wrote on Instagram, "The @nbaafricaofficialwelcomes you @realcoleworld in @thebal #1000hills are pleased to have you at @patriotsbbc feel at home. #turipatriots" The Patriots will play in the first BAL game Sunday (May 16) against Nigeria's Rivers Hoopers.
Original 05/09/2021 5:00pm:
Reports noted the NBA and FIBA have been working on the Basketball Africa League, which will feature 12 teams who will go at it over a season to find out which team is the best in Africa. The league is comprised of 12 teams, and stipulations of the league have been revealed.
The teams will reportedly have 8 local players and will be allowed up to 4 foreign players. Reports have noted that J. Cole will be suiting up to play for one of the clubs in the league.
According to the New Times Rwanda, J. Cole was recently seen in Rwanda and has been added to the Patriots’ roster. While the reports have not been confirmed by Cole, video footage of the rapper in Rwanda surfaced. Take a look above.