High school basketball star is actually a 25 year old man

Bryce Thalheimer

A high school student came out of nowhere to earn offensive player of the year in his school district, which almost seemed too good to be true. And apparently, it was.

A new student at Hillcrest High in Dallas, Texas, seemingly came out of nowhere to become theSee the source image star player on his basketball team. 17-year-old Rashun Richardson was scoring upwards of 30 points per game, an astonishing feat for someone at his level. His outstanding athleticism and abilities turned heads and allowed Rashun to lead his team to playoffs, despite the school lacking the reputation of a strong basketball program.

Rashun seemed to be excelling in his new school until one of his previous coaches recognized him as 25-year-old Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley and notified his current coach; he’s now facing a charge of tampering with government records after being arrested by the Dallas County Police Department.

Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa believes that the issue of an adult infiltrating high school should cause people to “take this seriously. No one should play it off like that. This is much more than that.”

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley was only able to do so by posing as a Hurricane Harvey refugee since the district was allowing evacuees to enroll even if they couldn’t access sufficient documentation. This was a fair proposal, but the district had failed to overlook potential implications of it.

Luckily, no one was harmed by Gilstrap-Portley’s actions, and the school is taking precautions to prevent this from ever occurring again.