All rappers want to be hoopers, and all hoopers want to be rappers. While many rappers nowadays like to brag about their skills and success, especially when it comes to basketball, only a tiny portion can back it up. Some of them were even nationally ranked, had D1 experience, and even close to an NBA career. Here are the four best hoopers amongst rappers:
Jayceon Taylor, better known as The Game, has the reputation of being a pretty solid basketball player. He has been seen playing in the Drew League and 3v3 Tournaments numerous times, where he held his ground against professionals. The Game himself claims that he enrolled into Washington State University back in 1999 on a basketball scholarship. But apparently, he was expelled in his first semester due to possesions of drugs. The school denied his story, but despite all that, many people around him claim he’s got game.
Jermaine Cole, known as J-Cole, wasn’t always the best basketball player. But after hitting a growth spurt in his junior year of high school, Cole managed to make the team and contribute. He enrolled in St. John University and tried out for the team. Even though Cole made it and had a spot, he turned it down because of his unableness to commit to the program. Nowadays, he is often seen training and playing in the infamous Black Ops runs with other NBA stars.
Tauheed K. Epps or 2 Chainz was one of the top recruits in Georgia in the early ’90s, where he dominated the high school basketball circuit. He won the state title in his sophomore year and continued to get better. At 6’5”,2 Chainz played at the point guard position and was drawing comparisons to players like Penny Hardaway and Scottie Pippen. Actually, Memphis was recruiting him to replace Penny, but in the end, they dropped out and ended up not offering him a scholarship due to his lanky stature and low weight. Epps ended up at Alabama State University, a D1 program, but didn’t stick for too long. He dropped out after one year to pursue a career in music. People that were around him claim that he could have gone pro if he stuck with basketball.
Possibly the best out of the bunch is Percy Miller, or as the world knows him, Master P. Miller was impressive during his high school days, averaging 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in his senior season. After that, he played at the University of Houston, but an ACL injury would prevent him from going any further. In the meanwhile, his rap career took off, and basketball had to take a back seat.
But it wasn’t the end. Miller would find his way through scrimmages with NBA players and earn a trial spot with the Raptors and the Hornets in the late ’90s. Apparently, it went well, as he was very close to signing with the Raptors, but in the end, Miller got cut. At the end of the day, he managed to get close to an NBA roster, as that feat alone puts him above all the other rappers out there.