South Sudan basketball player, 17 going on 30!
Jonathan Nicola a South Sudanese basketball player in Windsor, Canada has been posing as a 17 year old at a Catholic High School when he is actually 30 years old! The 2.06 big-man was the star of the school’s senior basketball team and already had NBA scouts and Division I universities keeping an eye on him.
Nicola was in 11th grade before the Canada Border Services Agency caught up with him and accused him of breaching the Immigration Refugee Protection Act. He had been living with the basketball team’s head coach, Pete Cusumano, who was reportedly introduced to Nicola by a coach at Cleveland State. It took just six months for the supposed 30 year old to gain his student visa.
Let’s be honest, Nicola is not the first and he won’t be the last to lie about his age but a 13-year-old-age-difference-lie is quite an achievement. I don’t know if Canadians think all Africans look the same but in our opinion, there’s no way anyone could think a grown man like that could possibly look 17 years old!