The Bishop O’Connell boys’ basketball team concluded its 2012-13 season by winning the Alhambra Catholic Invitational on Saturday in Frostburg, Md., capping a campaign that included a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament championship and bringing to a close the tumultuous senior season of forward Junior Etou.
Since a Jan. 22 Deadspin.com report, Etou’s age and eligibility have been the subject of controversy. While the WCAC was satisfied with the Congo Republic native’s eligitibility status throughout, rival coaches have had enough doubts that Etou was not named to any of the four all-WCAC teams, despite averaging 14.8 points and playing a critical role on the defensive end.
FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, which lists Etou’s birthdate as June 4, 1992 (which would have made him too old to compete in the WCAC this season), recently acknowledged that it received official documentation from Etou’s father, showing Etou’s birthdate as two years later. But because FIBA and FIBA Africa do not oversee high school competition, FIBA governance and legal affairs senior manager Benjamin Cohen said the organization saw no need to take an official stance at this point.