High School Athlete Revealed to be 30-year-old Refugee

They say it’s never too late to go back to school, but Jonathan Nicola took it a step too far. He signed up at Central Catholic High School in Windsor, Ontario, on a student visa from South Sudan. But an investigation revealed that Nicola is not 17 years old as he presented himself, but 30.

According to the Windsor Star, 30-year-old South Sudanese native Jonathan Nicola was a star center for the Central Catholic Comets throughout the 2015-16 season. The 6-foot-9, 202-pounder spent the previous months during the academic year living with Central Catholic basketball coach Pete Cusumano as part of the Canada Homestay program while he lived in the country on a student visa.

That visa is now likely to be terminated as a result of the large discrepancy in his Nicola’s age.

Nicola is now in a detention center awaiting an immigration hearing. School officials stress that he posed no danger to other students. There’s no word yet on how the scandal will affect the basketball team’s record. -via reddit

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