Some might call Drake a bandwagon fan. Others simply don’t care what he does. And if you fall anywhere in-between like yours truly, well, you can appreciate how the superstar rapper broadcasts his love for sports, especially basketball, in a very unique way.
With over 51.5 million followers on his Instagram account, and in performing in front of sold-out crowds all over the world, Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, makes sure everyone knows which athlete he is feeling the most on any given day by rocking a different star’s high school jersey.
On Thursday, seemingly while on vacation, Drake posted a pic with a ridiculously nice view of him wearing the prep jersey of Duke Blue Devils freshman RJ Barrett, who went to Montverde Academy in Florida and led the Eagles to a national championship last season.
There’s a major thing in common with both the rapper and college superstar: Both are from Toronto, Canada. Drake even has season tickets and can often be seen sitting courtside at Scotiabank Arena.
Barrett is far from the first high school jersey Drake has worn. He’s just the latest, and here is a look at a few of the favorites he’s worn in 2018 and over the years.
Zion Williamson (Duke Blue Devils)
Before Williamson teamed up with Barrett at Duke to create an unworldly talented freshman class, the 6-foot-8, 285-pound forward was an Internet sensation with his highlight reel dunks. So much so that Drake rocked his Spartanburg Day School jersey back in January 2016, when Williamson was just 16 years old.
He even continued to support the NBA prospect this fall on tour.
LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
The King’s high school jersey from St. Vincent St. Mary in Akron, Ohio is strictly iconic at this point. It would be great to have a replica. Drake upped everybody and showed off his game-worn jersey on social media. He even hooped in it before James made it out to California to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
Before Devin Booker got buckets for the Kentucky Wildcats and now in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, the 6-foot-6 shooting guard was a baller at Moss Point High School in Mississippi. Drake rocked the 22-year-old’s prep threads at a concert in Arizona back in October.
John Wall (Washington Wizards)
Sticking with the Kentucky theme, Drake wore NBA All-Star point guard John Wall’s high school jersey in Washington, D.C. earlier this fall. Wall finished his prep career at Word of God Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina before playing for UK and becoming the No. 1 overall pick of the Washington Wizards in 2010.
DeMarcus Cousins (Golden State Warriors)
Drake’s latest album, Scorpion, was the summer’s hottest release, and the song “In My Feelings” was a viral sensation. So when he put out official music video, Drake was seen in Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousin’s high school jersey, the LeFlore Rattlers in Mobile, Alabama.
The moral of the story is this: No matter where Drake is, there’s a good chance a superstar basketball player’s high school jersey will be there, too.