[Watch] C'mon Man: High School Baller Was How Old!?

Jonathan Nicola

[Watch] C'mon Man: High School Baller Was How Old!?

Jonathan Nicola thought he was being slick, too.

Published April 22, 2016

This takes being a super senior to an entirely different level.

WindsorStar.com reported Thursday that an African man posed as a teenager, spending the last six months enrolled at Catholic Central High School in Canada and even balling for their basketball team.

One problem with that — Jonathon Nicola is a grown-a** man, who's 30 years old. The often-used basketball phrase of "a man among boys," was never realer than this and for all the wrong reasons.

The Windsor Star says Nicola was arrested and is being detained for violating the terms of the Immigration Refugee Protection Act.

The 6-foot-9, 202-pound Nicola was posing as a 17-year-old, 11th grader at Catholic Central and reportedly living with the school's basketball coach, Pete Cusumano, as part of a foreign-exchange student program, Canada Homestay.

“A few of my friends know of my background, how we live over there,” he told the Windsor Star back in January about his Sudanese roots. “I don’t know how many of them have a clue of how it is in Africa.”

He even added at the time that he had to wait six months to gain a Canadian student visa.

“There’s really not a whole lot to say,” the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board spokesman Stephen Fields told the Windsor Star. “Because of the fact this is a matter that’s still outstanding before the federal authorities, obviously we can’t really comment on it. Beyond that there’s not a whole lot to say.”

Not a whole lot to say? How was a 30-year-old man allowed in a high school — let alone, playing on their basketball team?

Fields added: “Generally I can tell you that we have a system of checks and balances in place that whenever international students are coming into any of our schools, we make sure that they have all of the necessary government documentation that they require in order to be in one of our schools.”

Well, that system of checks and balances isn't working.

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(Photos from top: Dimitri Iundt/TempSport/Corbis, Windsor Star)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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