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Daniss Jenkins scored a team-high 18 points but Hillcrest could not hold off Seagoville in a playoff game on Tuesday

Daniss Jenkins scored a team-high 18 points but Hillcrest could not hold off Seagoville in a playoff game on Tuesday

A 25-year-old Dallas man was arrested Friday for pretending to be a high school student to compete on the boys' basketball team, according to reports.

The woman, who did not wish to be named, told the Dallas Morning News that she was uncomfortable with what she thought was a three-year age gap relationship - and insists her daughter did not have sex with Gilstrap-Portley, who is himself a father.

North Mesquite Head Basketball Coach Phillip Randall told NBC DFW that he was not the one who spotted Gilstrap-Portley, but he did tip off Hillcrest High School after he was informed. But it was the first day of the second semester that stands out, especially for Issomala Dosso who was asked to give Gilstrap-Portley a tour of the school. Only one problem with this scenario: He is a 25-year-old man. "That's why I was shocked when I heard that all this came out because that's not the kid that I knew".

"He was a good kid", another of Gilstrap-Portley's coaches at North Mesquite told the Morning News.

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"He was very quiet, he was low key in the hallways", said Chris Bayer, Hillcrest High School principal. The UIL is monitoring the investigation into this and says any games involving Gilstrap-Portley could be forfeited according to their policies. He led his basketball team to the playoffs this winter, and earned the district offensive player of the year award.

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

Dallas ISD was tipped off after a former coach recognized him.

So, they let him attend Skyline High School, then transferred him to Hillcrest High School. Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area in mid-August.

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"I'm upset, frustrated, angry and sad at the same time", the mother said.

"It's unbelievable to me that he could get away with this", the girl's mother said. It could have gone differently if he had other intentions to hurt her or to traffic her'.

"Unfortunately this was a ideal storm", said Dr. Michael Hinojosa, DISD superintendent.

Dallas Independent School District superintendent Robyn Harris told the News "that Dallas ISD officials believe his primary motivation was to play basketball, though he (also) told them he was homeless".

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