HOOPS HOAX: Man, 25, allegedly posed as teen to play basketball


A 25-year-old man has been arrested in Texas after being accused of posing as an evacuee from Hurricane Harvey who enrolled in a Dallas high school and played on its basketball team, WFAA.com reported. In October, though, Gilstrap-Portley transferred to Hillcrest High School, where he played basketball and also began dating a 14-year-old girl, a story police are still investigating.

The Dallas ISD superintendent says the "perfect storm" that led to this involved an actual storm: Gilstrap-Portley reportedly said he'd been left homeless by Hurricane Harvey and came to Dallas alone. By the end of his first season, he was on scouting websites' radars as a freshman prospect and had been named District 11-5A offensive player of the year.

The district tells WFAA students who've been through a natural disaster or are homeless aren't asked for the same documentation that's typically required, per federal law.

Gilstrap-Portley, who apparently had a moderately successful stint as a guard for Dallas Christian College's basketball team from 2013-2014, got his wish when he landed a starting role on Hillcrest's team.

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Gilstrap-Portley had enrolled at Skyline High School in August and re-enrolled at Hillcrest two months later, WFAA confirmed.

Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley was arrested Friday night, booked into the Dallas County Jail and has since bonded out, according to court records. Because of that, he didn't have to show proof of any records.

We recently became aware of a student enrolled at our school under false pretenses claiming to be a displaced Hurricane Harvey victim. One of Gilstrap-Portley's coaches from Mesquite recognized him at a tournament and pointed him out to the Hillcrest head coach.