did you guys hear about this 22 year old former highschool star in florida re enroll in highschool in texas as a 16 year old?
ODESSA, Texas -- A West Texas student who led his high school basketball team to the state playoffs last season was actually a 22-year-old man, police said Tuesday.
Police say the basketball star was really Guerdwich Montimere, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti who school officials say was recognized last month by Florida coaches as having been a star high school player in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a few years ago.
Ector County school district officials said the man posed as 16-year-old Jerry Joseph and enrolled at Permian High School in Odessa for the 2009-2010 academic year. He also presented himself as homeless to the school's basketball coach, Danny Wright, who took the boy in last summer, the coach said.
Montimere was arrested at Permian High on Tuesday and booked into Ector County jail on a charge of presenting false identification to a police officer.
Officials said Jerry Joseph originally enrolled at the local junior high as a 15-year-old in February 2009, then moved on to high school.
Permian High officials say suspicions about the player's identity first arose when three Florida basketball coaches familiar with Montimere recognized him last month at an amateur tournament in Little Rock, Ark. The Odessa American reported that the coaches recognized him as Montimere, who graduated from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale in 2007.
School district officials said they grew more suspicious after contacting U.S. immigration officials.
Police said they arrested Montimere after confronting him about his identity.
"I feel like I was hit by a ton of bricks," district athletic director Leon Fuller said. "In my 50 years in education, I've never heard of anything like this."
Wright told The American that the player was like a family member.
"This affected a lot of people. The whole school of Permian embraced that kid. He deceived us and played on everyone's emotions," Wright said.
Montimere was being held on $500 bond Tuesday night, according to jail records. Jail officials said no attorney was listed for Montimere.
If convicted of the misdemeanor, Montimere could face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
The revelation means Permian likely will have to forfeit the 2009 basketball season in which the 6-foot-5 player known as Jerry Joseph led the team to District 2-5A state playoffs and earned newcomer of the year accolades.
"I feel sick, but now that we've gotten the truth we can move on from here," Permian principal Roy Garcia said.
Permian High School's football program and the community support for it inspired the book "Friday Night Lights."
Yah thats crazy someone made a post about that on here.It made me wonder if anyone ever did that successfully to make the NBA...cough cough GREG ODEN
Me, my dad and my mom where laughing sooooo hard about that this morning. It reminded us of that baseball pitcher Danny Almonte, who pitched in the Little League World Series for the 9 year old team (?)........and he was like 14. That is a fail IMO. It wouldn't be fun. Your playing against kids and your a grown man. Why would you even want to do that?
i could imagine if i was a coach and i walked into a gym and saw a "freshman" who used to bust my team up 5 years ago. I would walk up to him on the spot and call him out. And i dont know about you guys, but the 22 year old me looked a whole lot different then the 16 year old me.
I don't know about you guys, but age is difficult to tell with a LOT of people.
If someone told me that Greg Oden was Barack Obama's father, I wouldn't doubt him/her based on the way the man looks.
is there a link of this article perez? maybe we can see his pic...LOL
i can understand him going back to try to make it to the nba. i know thats why he did it. it was still wrong and stupid on his part. but on top of everything else, who wants to go back to high school when your 22 years old for any reason other than working there or picking up a sibling ??? attending classes all over again wouldve made me choose not to go through with this dumb idea
i posted about this over the weekend
It does make me wonder what his grades looked like this time around
you know mcdunkin, thats what im thinking too. What were his grades and was he running through the cheerleading squad.
lol i didnt even think about that. I know he was getting attention from girls being the star player and all
Dude better not have been dating any high schoolers, thats statutory!!
That's pretty sick...although the age of consent in Texas (AFAIK) is 17, that's still bordering on statutory.
My guess is he's not very bright and got very lucky to sneak through the system like that. (Well, he got caught eventually, but I'm sure he can write a tell-all book about it as compensation.)
Just wanted to add that according to an article on espn, he was just arrested for sex with a minor. Apparently a 15 year old girl came forward and said that she had sex with him under the impression he was also only 15.
I posted about this a few days ago. Nobody really read or commented on it, though.
Of course he was with an underage girl. That doesn't surprise me in any way. How could a star basketball player/D-1 prospect avoid girls in high school?