The N.W.A. rapper is the Big 10 Player of Year for the second consecutive year and will be a major draw at the NCAA Tournament.
Drake will be featured at the N.B.A.’s All-Star Game on Friday night in Charlotte.
The rapper is not only the most popular player in the game, but he also has become the most recognizable person in the country.
The NBA has named Drake its Player of Night for the third straight year.
Drake was named Big Ten Rookie of the Month on Nov. 5.
His latest No. 1 on Billboard charts is the highest-charting single on the Hot 100 since Feb. 5, 2017.
He is also the most-streamed athlete in the world, according to Twitter.
Drake has spent much of the past year making strides in his recovery from the devastating torn ACL he suffered in December 2016.
His first game back in the Big 12 was a dominant victory over Kansas, earning the No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament.
His teammates celebrated by jumping on a car and dancing to “Wanna Be Startin’ Over” by Rascal Flatts.
Drake’s father, Drake, is also an N.H.L. Hall of Famer.
Drake and the rapper have been active in the community since Drake became an N and R athlete in New York.
Drake helped raise money for the New York Children’s Hospital.
“We’re so excited to have him here,” Drake said.
“He’s always been a part of our community.
It’s just been a joy to watch.”
Drake was in New Jersey with his family when he learned of his status on the All-NBA team.
He attended the team’s victory parade.
“It was such an honor,” he said.
The rapper and his wife, Kesha, have two daughters, Aaliyah and Keshia.
The couple is expecting their first child, an anticipated boy named Dwayne.
Drake is not the first celebrity to get a Big Ten award this year.
LeBron James won the award in March and was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
“You don’t see athletes getting that recognition as often,” said John Schuerholz, president of the American College Players Association.
“I think he deserves that recognition.
He’s the most important player in basketball right now.”
Drake’s status has been under the spotlight since the NBA suspended him for three games in January for violating the league’s anti-drug program.
Drake took to Instagram in early December to apologize to the league and the fans.
“As a fan and as a human being, I want to apologize for all the negative publicity I’ve caused and for any hurt I’ve brought on our fans,” he wrote.
“My sincere apologies for the lack of support I’ve shown the NBA in the past.”
“Drake has been an inspiration for all who know him,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.
“His life-changing and profound accomplishments have made him the ultimate ambassador for the sport of basketball.
The entire N.F.L., all of us, owe Drake an incredible debt of gratitude.”
The Big Ten’s announcement comes a week after N.J. announced Drake would be its Big Ten Male Athlete of the Week for the first time.
Drake finished with 21 points and nine rebounds, the third-most points scored by a N.N.
J player in a single game.
Drake also became the first N.S.
A player to win the award since Kobe Bryant in 2004.