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Shortly after news about J. Cole playing in the Basketball Africa League broke, oddsmakers have already set betting odds for the Dreamville Records head’s upcoming professional basketball debut.
Organized by the NBA and FIBA, the Basketball Africa League is set to officially start its inaugural game schedule this weekend. Serving as the continent’s new premier men’s basketball league, teams from Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Algeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique and Rwanda will showcase both local and foreign talent.
The upcoming debut for J. Cole follows years of talk regarding the rapper getting serious about basketball. The revered rapper’s obsession with the sport started during the two years of varsity basketball he played at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Then during his time at St. John’s University, Cole was a walk-on player for the school’s Division I Men’s Basketball program but eventually stopped showing up for practice when he directed his focus on his music career.
If the reports are correct, J. Cole will be making his debut during the match between the Rwanda Patriot BBC and Nigeria Rivers Hoopers taking place May 16.
Oddsmakers like leading online sportsbook MyBookie are relatively unsure about the rapper’s skills on the court but his team now stands as a -150 favorite to win the game against the Rivers Hoppers.
The current odds for the points scored (Over/Under at 15.5 Points) and averages (Over/Under at 13.5 Points) for Cole both stand at -120/-120.
J. Cole Points Scored Against Nigeria Rivers Hoopers
Over 15.5 Points -120
Under 15.5 Points -120
J. Cole Points Average for Rwanda Patriot BBC
Over 13.5 Points -120
Under 13.5 Points -120
Rwanda Patriot BBC vs Nigeria Rivers Hoopers
Rwanda Patriot BBC -150
Nigeria Rivers Hoopers +110