This story strikes near to my heart, because I had a lot of friends growing up who went to Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, VA), so I feel bad about this embarrassing news for them. They recently dropped out of the top 25 after losses to Lower Merion (Ardmore, Pa.) and Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.). That’s not even the news though; the Knights have a much bigger fish to fry.
D.C. reporter Dave McKenna did some research into the past of Bishop O’Connell’s star forward Junior Etou and posted on deadspin that his full name is Luc Tselan Tsiene Etou and he is from the Congo. He played for the Congo Republic National team and his birth date on their FIBA roster is June 4th, 1992. That makes him 20 years old and not eligible to play high school basketball. Oops.
This is unfortunate news for both the school and player, although the school is apparently disputing this claim. They apparently have a passport that says he is 18 years old. Head Coach Joe Wooten has also disputed the claim and says that they have all the documentation they need.
O’Connell is a basketball powerhouse of sorts that has produced North Carolina alums Kendall Marshall and Marcus Ginyard. I hope that no one was being willingly deceived here, because that could mean some serious trouble for O’Connnell. There’s only one good thing that can come out of this for Etou; he might be eligible for the NBA draft now!