Have you guys seen the movie Never Been Kissed? Where a mid-20s Drew Barrymore pretends she’s in high school in order to advance her career at a Chicago newspaper? It’s adorable. But I always had a hard time believing that Drew (as well as her brother, played by David Arquette) would have that easy of a time registering at a local high school as a teenager. You can’t just waltz into any principal’s office and tell them you’re a student, right? As it turns out, you really can.
According to an ESPN report I received today (Sportscenter Rundown, sign up for it), a standout Texas high school basketball player, who everyone knew as 16-year-old Jerry Joseph, is actually a 22-year-old naturalized American citizen from Haiti named Guerdwich Montimere. At 6 feet, 5 inches, Montimere (as Joseph) led his team to the District 2-5A state playoffs and was named “Newcomer of the Year” for 2009. Everyone who thinks Jerry Joseph is a teenager please step forward…not so fast.
“I feel like I was hit by a ton of bricks,” district athletic director Leon Fuller said in the ESPN article. “In my 50 years in education, I’ve never heard of anything like this.”
ESPN reports that suspicions arose as Montimere gained more attention for his basketball skills, since three Florida basketball coaches recognized him from his days playing for Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, where he graduated in 2007. ESPN also said that he told his coach, Danny Wright, that he was homeless, and subsequently Wright invited Montimere to live with him (just like The Blindside, but different). And according to ESPN, Montimere was actually enrolled in the local JUNIOR HIGH as late as February 2009 before moving on to his current high school in Odessa. What. The. Eff.
Until this whole ridiculous situation can be figured out, Montimere was arrested for presenting false identification to a police officer and is being held on $500 bond. He could face up to six months of jail time. But the real question is, has John Calipari called him yet?