10:43 AM ET
Marc J. Spears
Rapper J. Cole is expected to play for Rwandan side the Patriots BBC in the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League, sources told The Undefeated.
J. Cole, 36, arrived in Rwanda two days ago and is in the midst of quarantining in order to play in the 12-team league.
Born Jermaine Lamarr Cole, the rapper starred at Sanford (North Carolina) High School and was a walk-on at St. John’s, but he ultimately turned his focus to music before playing in a Division I game.
J. Cole’s signing with the Rwandan club is expected to become official Thursday, a source said.
The Patriots will play in the first BAL game Sunday against Nigeria’s Rivers Hoopers.
The New Times Rwanda originally broke the J. Cole news, showing video of him in Rwanda.