Did You Know Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali Rapped and Played College Basketball?

By Vik Chokshi

Is there anything the talented, Oscar winning actor Mahershala Alican’t do? Before he started winning acting awards, Ali, then known as Mahershala “Hershal” Gilmore, played Division I college basketball at St. Mary’s on a basketball scholarship. Check out some of his highlights here:

From the 1992-93 through the 1995-96 seasons, Ali played in 97 games with the Gaels. The 6-foot-4 guard scored a total of 348 points in his four seasons at St. Mary’s. He was most productive his senior year, when he averaged 7.0 PPG along with 1.8 RPG and 0.9 APG.

As if winning Oscars and being a hooper wasn’t enough, Ali was also a talented rapper. Listen here: