Was 2 Chainz a Good College Basketball Player?

The character known as 2 Chainz continues to showcase multiple facets. The rapper formerly known as Tity Boi, has mentioned his past as a Division I basketball player, but not too many folks actually know how good he was. To commemorate the rapper’s born day (he turned 36 today), ESPN tracked down former coaches and teammates of 2 Chainz, and received thorough commentaries remembering the Atlanta rapper’s exciting days as a basketball player. Check out the highlights below:

James Gwyn, North Clayton head coach (1986-1995): He was a tough matchup. He was a 6-5, 6-6 perimeter player. He didn’t play inside at all. He could handle the ball very well, pass the ball very well. He was kind of a slippery guy. The little guys couldn’t guard him and the big guys couldn’t stay with him.”

Donald Cunningham, North Clayton teammate: I’d compare him to someone like Scottie Pippen or Lamar Odom. Versatile, who could play the 1 through the 5. He could definitely handle the ball coming up the court without a problem; you didn’t have to worry about it getting taken or no turnovers. He could be a 2-guard, a real good shooter. He had good size, he was a slasher, he could rebound. He could play a small forward or a power forward, and with his height, he could play the middle. He was already 6-5 in high school. He had good talent, he had a real good jump shot and he was taller, so he could play down low.”

Tom Schuberth, Memphis assistant coach (1992-1997): We had just lost Penny Hardaway and I remember Tauheed was kind of a combination player: a real versatile 2-3 who could maybe play a little point. He was really thin, so that was the one thing that worried us, so we never did offer him. The only thing that scared us was he was so thin.”

Rob Spivery, Alabama State head coach (1996-2005): I think if he had concentrated on basketball, and dedicated himself, he could be a pretty good player with his ball skills. He was very skillful and he could shoot the ball pretty decently. He didn’t have the best of shots, but with work and the effort, he could have been a very good basketball player should he have stayed in the system we put together at Alabama State. Where the basketball talent could have taken him after he finished college is a big guess, but he really would have developed into a good player.”

Check out the full article on ESPN, and look out for an exclusive footage of Chainz as a high school basketball player. —XXL Staff (@XXL)