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College basketball player on many NBA wish lists could have been playing illegally

College basketball player on many NBA wish lists could have been playing illegally College basketball player on many NBA wish lists could have been playing illegally
Kristopher Love | 26 April, 2016, 16:57

A college basketball player that was tipped by many to be a future NBA star has been arrested after being accused of lying about his age. ‘Teenager’ Jonathon Nicola was thought to be 17 years old and has played for the Catholic Central High School in Windsor, Ontario for the last six months. Despite only moving from his home country of South Sudan at the start of the school year, he had already caught the eye of a number of NBA scouts and soon became the star player of the Catholic Central Comets team.

Now he has been accused of lying about his age, and according to local reports could actually be closer to 30 than a teenager. His local paper the Windsor Star reported that he has been arrested Canada Border Services Agency for allegedly contravening the Immigration Refugee Protection Act.

If the allegations that he is in fact 29 or 30 years old do prove to be true, it is more than likely that he will have his visa revoked as he was only permitted to enter the country to go to school. The news will come as a shock to some big NBA teams who were reportedly keeping an eye on him, including fellow Canadians the Toronto Raptors.

If the reported interest from the Raptors proved to be true, then it proves just how much potential this player had as the Raptors are looking like a strong team at the moment. They are currently battling it out in the play-offs and bookmakers Betway currently have them as 6th favourite to win them. Although they have odds of just 40/1 according to Betway’s latest odds, there is no reason why the team couldn’t be crowned the winners at the end of this contest.

The news has come as a big blow to the basketball team and the whole school as he was reported to be a hugely popular pupil in classes. He had reportedly been living with his head coach Pete Cusumano through a programme that rehomes foreign students throughout the US and Canada. In an interview with his local paper the Windsor Star in January, he said the pupil “stood out from the crowd”. Those words about the six-foot-nine player with size 16 feet are probably ones he’s now regretting after the arrest.

It is not known how long it will take for the Canadian Border Force Agency to carry out their enquiries. In a statement, they have said that they have “determined by fingerprint match that he was the same individual who had made a previous application to the US using a DOB of November 1, 1986”. If that proves to be correct then it looks like his team, and those NBA teams like the Raptors who reportedly showed an interest in him, will have to look for a new star player.