Dallas high school star basketball player was a 25-year-old impostor

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A 25-year-old basketball-loving man from Texas was arrested this past Friday, accused of posing as a student in order to play hoops at a Dallas high school.

"This school year our district welcomed evacuees displaced by Hurricane Harvey".

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.

A Dallas Independent School District spokesperson told WFAA the man may have provided documents such as immunization records or proof of a physical in order to enroll.

Portley was a star for Hillcrest's team for the 2017-18 season.

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"He was fairly savvy to be able to utilise that type of position, knowing that we were accepting Harvey students".

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.

His true identity was discovered when his ex-basketball coach at another area high school spotted him playing a high school tournament and recognized him from many years earlier.

The mother of a 14-year-old female student told the paper he dated her daughter while at Hillcrest High.

Gilstrap-Portley has since bonded out, according to The Dallas Morning News, but not before scheming his way back onto the varsity court and sending shock waves through a pair of Dallas high schools that evidently missed the fact he was a full-grown man. After learning about this situation, we immediately notified district and local authorities and necessary actions have been taken.

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