J. Cole Signs With OVO Niko's Canadian Pro Basketball Team Scarborough Shooting Stars

Sports

| LAST UPDATE 05/25/2022

By Mahlik Campbell
J. Cole
Scott Dudelson via Getty Images

Looks like it's about to be a Cole summer up in Canada, as J. Cole has inked a deal to play for Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League, marking his second straight year of professional ball.

Their 20-game season is set to begin in a couple of days on May 26th.

Turns out that the Shooting Stars fall under the umbrella of Drake's OVO brand. OVO Niko – a longtime member of Drizzy's clique – founded the squad with an investor group less than a year ago, meaning this upcoming season will be their debut. (Scarborough is located in Toronto.)

"I was born and raised in Scarborough," Niko told Complex. "It's a big, big thing for me to do it here. It's a dream come true. ... I love the idea of it being in the summertime. I think that was the major thing for me because I didn’t want it to compete with the Raptors, Euro League, FIBA."

Recall that Cole played three games in the Basketball Africa League for the Rwanda Patriots last May. His final state line: 5 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds in 45 total minutes.

While his presence brought added attention, there was one player who claimed it was "disrespectful to the ones who sacrificed their whole lives for this."

While he's in Toronto, maybe Cole hoop with Drake and his 4-year-old son Adonis at Drizzy's indoor basketball court dubbed "The Sanctuary."

Advertisement

The latter posted the below clip of Adonis sinking a shot and even attracted the attention of LeBron James, who labeled Adonis his "nephew."

Fans know that Drake and Cole's friendship stretches over a decade to when they connected for the sultry anthem "In The Morning" in 2010.

There's also a classic video from a few years later where they visit a Best Buy in NYC and buy every copy of Cole's sophomore album 'Born Sinner.'

Would you wanna hear another collab from Cole and Drizzy?