Report: Four-star senior Junior Etou is actually 20 years old
Junior Etou is one of the best available big men left in 2013, but a Deadspin report also claims he is 20 years old.
Junior Etou is one of the best available power forwards in the class of 2013. Etou is hearing from a long list of schools, including Clemson, Cincinnati, Xavier and Temple.
And, according to a Deadspin report, Etou will turn 21 this year.
Etou, a 6-foot-7 forward from Bishop O’Connell (Va.), is 18 years old according to his high school, but Deadspin dug deeper after hearing rumblings about Etou’s age.
Junior Etou's full name is Luc Tselan Tsiene Etou. He is originally from the Republic of Congo. Turns out that in 2009, Luc Tselan Tsiene Etou played for the Congo Republic national team in the FIBA Africa Championship in Tripoli and Benghazi. The roster for that tournament lists Etou's hometown as Pointe Noire, the second-largest city in the Republic, and his birth date as "4 June 1992." That would make him 20 years old, not 18.
Moreover, two more sources have Etou’s birthday as June 4, 1992: the Congo Republic roster from the 2010 U18 Africa Championship, as well as a Basketball Without Borders camp in the summer of 2010.
O’Connell is under the impression that he’s 18, though.
“The school has the documentation, including his passport, verifying the age of Junior Etou to be 18,” school President Katy Prebble told Deadspin.
Sources in the D.C. area told CBSSports.com that there has been speculation on Etou’s age for much of the season, especially once O’Connell cracked the national top 25 and became a true Washington Catholic Athletic Conference contender this season.
If Etou is found to be 20 years old, it would mean he is too old to play at Bishop O'Connell. Players have to be 18 heading into their senior year in the WCAC.
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