25-Year Old Man Caught Playing High School Basketball

    Back in 2016, the coach of the Capital City Buccaneers in Providence, Rhode Island got in deep trouble for allowing an 18-year-old to play in a game meant for 13-and-14 year olds

    It was a crazy attempt at gaining an advantage, but players wear helmets in football so it was hard for parents to see the facial hair on the 18-year-old until he was standing on the sidelines without his protective gear. 

    Apparently Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley a 25-year-old man who graduated from North Mesquite High School in Texas didnt see how that story unfolded and tried a bit of age-faking himself when he enrolled at Hillcrest High School in North Dallas as a 17-year-old basketball beast of a freshman.  

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    Sidney’s intent to deceive the high school athletic system and relive his basketball glory lasted nine months before police realized he was a ringer, arrested him and and booked the cheater into Dallas County Jail.  

    The man-child has since bonded out,  but the revelation of his true age sent shock waves through the Dallas community. According to several reports, Gilstrap-Portley began the school year at Skyline High School, where he enrolled claiming to be a Hurricane Harvey refugee named Rashun Richardson. 

    Months later, he moved to Hillcrest High School and joined the basketball team, Dallas ISD officials said.  To make matters worse, as a student there, Gilstrap-Portley dated a 14-year-old classmate, the girls mother said.

    Gilstrap-Portley, who was arrested Friday night, faces a charge of tampering with government records. He has no prior criminal record and his decision to return to the high school court at age 25 seems to be a dumb decision inspired by a love for basketball and the absence of it at a competitive level. 

    The slick shooter who once played college ball at Dallas Christian College, was a star for Hillcrest’s team for the 2017-18 season and high school coaches voted him the District 11-5A offensive player of the year, leading The Hillcrest Panthers to an 11-10 record. 

                                                    Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley (middle) played for the Hillcrest High basketball team during his second stint as a high school student, this time at age 25.(Chris McGathey/Special Contributor)

    Dallas ISD officials said Gilstrap-Portley’s charade came to an end after one of his former coaches from North Mesquite High School saw him playing at a tournament in April and recognized him as one of his players who graduated from high school seven years ago.

    Its a really bizarre story that thankfully ended with no one hurt other than the young players that Gilstrap-Portley terrorized on the court. The administration that allowed him to slip through the cracks and enroll as a 25-year-old freshman have some explaining to do and a revamping of its enrollment system to work out. 

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.