Posted January 23, 2013

Report: High school hoops star may actually be 20 years old

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A Virginia high school basketball player who has received interest from Clemson, Cincinnati, Xavier and Temple may actually be too old to be playing high school sports, according to Deadspin.com.

Junior Etou is a 6-foot-7 forward from Bishop O’Connell in Virginia. His school says he is 18 years old, but Deadspin says there is documentation says he may be 20 years old.

Junior Etou’s full name is Luc Tselan Tsiene Etou. He is originally from the Republic of Congo. Turns out that in 2009, Luc Tselan Tsiene Etou played for the Congo Republic national team in the FIBA Africa Championship in Tripoli and Benghazi. The roster for that tournament lists Etou’s hometown as Pointe Noire, the second-largest city in the Republic, and his birth date as “4 June 1992.” That would make him 20 years old, not 18.

The Congo Republic roster from the 2010 U18 Africa Championship and the Basketball Without Borders camp he competed in during the summer of 2010 has Etou’s birthday as June 4, 1992.


15 comments
Sulkaman
Sulkaman

That explains why he was driving to his middle school games a few years back.

DelawareBarbie
DelawareBarbie

Maybe President Obama can step in and get him to show a valid birth certificate/

We're stuck in here, like rats.
We're stuck in here, like rats.

So he was either lying then (to be eligible) or he's lying now (to be eligible). Seems like it would be pretty difficult to figure out which one is true. This article is stupid for assuming he must be lying now.

Hashtag#
Hashtag#

shock. his name is like smith over there.

Truth finder
Truth finder

C'mon, if you base eligibility on age, there are tons of Texas football players who would not be allowed to play.

Of course if you base eligibility on education level, a lot of pros would be out of work.  

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

If the rules are the same as when I was in high school his team will have to forfeit any game he played in. As for the college recruiters, I don't see where they will care at all, except of course for 'character issues'. 

Bwahahahahah.

hlawyer
hlawyer

Deadspin is making the traditional sports journalists look like punks.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

And this makes headlines because why?... Not the first time and definitely won't be the last time this happens. If you want to see heads fly go after the administration and coaches not the kid. Odds are he used this as a platform to get a better life for him and his family and the school district just used him as an accessory to win them prestige.

cmcg1224
cmcg1224

 @hlawyer Yeah, they are really getting the hard-hitting news! Fake girlfriends and random high school basketball players who are 2 years older than they should be. Where would the world be without such gripping and important news?! /sarcasm

JasonYepma
JasonYepma

It's making the news because it is NEWS.  Obviously it was good enough news that you not only read it, but you commented on it.

hlawyer
hlawyer

 @cmcg1224  SI and ESPN are accepting everything at face value and doing no research on anything. All anybody had to do for the fake girlfriend story was look for her obituary. You would think they would at least try to call her family for a quote. As far as the basketball player, it took very little research at all to see that he had played for the Congo and that his birthdate was listed on the roster. 

 

Of course, you make a really good point about the importance of the stories. The fake girlfriend story has no legs at all. /sarcasm

Bern91
Bern91

 @hlawyer  @cmcg1224 Unfortunately he does have some paperwork that shows him to be 18. Apparently his passport lists him as being born in 1994, not 1992. It will be very hard to prove his passport date is incorrect, thus he will probably continue to play. It's a big deal to some as the team is nationally raked in the top 20.