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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Letters of Interest: Montrose Christian’s Ishmail Wainright learns perils of social media


Montrose Christian forward Ishmail Wainright, left, pictured during a Jan. 5 loss to Theodore Roosevelt, is one of many athletes who have dealt with fake social media accounts. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
With each passing day, the Manti Te’o fake girlfriend situation seems to get stranger and stranger. There are those who can’t believe the Notre Dame linebacker could have been so naive while others, like Montrose Christian’s Ishmail Wainright, wonder how Internet imposters can be twisted enough to do such things.

On Wednesday, Wainright found out that someone had created a fake Twitter account under his name. The bio falsely claims to be the “official Twitter page of 6’6 guard at Montrose Christian.” What’s more, the difference between his real handle (@Wainright24) and the fake one (@Wainright_24) was subtle enough to dupe 130 people into following the account.

“At first I thought it was funny but then it got to the point where this person was tweeting people that I knew,” Wainright said. “That’s when I got kind of upset and told everybody to mark it as spam. When I checked back after that, a lot of the tweets were deleted, but the page is still up.

“It’s just weird. I was surprised because no one had done that to me.”

Wainright can empathize some with Te’o when it comes to catfishing. On several occasions, the senior has been contacted on Twitter and Facebook by random people with ill intentions.

“I’ve had a couple of fake pictures hit me up and at first I might play along, but then I’ll tell my homeboys to check it out so I can get to the bottom of it and keep my distance,” Wainright said. “You can usually tell when it’s fake. With Te’o, I think he’s telling the truth. It just seems like he got caught up in the moment and it went too far.”

For Wainright, one red flag for a fake account is when a random person is mutual friends with other highly touted recruits whom he’s close with, like Prestonwood Christian’s (Texas) Julius Randle and Montverde’s (Fla.) Kasey Hill. Spammers often target prominent names and keywords that are searched often on the Internet.

“When I see that, I start to put two and two together and steer clear,” said Wainright, a Baylor recruit. “I don’t even really get on Facebook anymore and that’s one of the reasons why. You just have to watch yourself and even who you hang out with because there’s some crazy stuff out there.”

In Thursday’s hoops action:

Loudoun County and Tuscarora (Va.) played a thrilling AA Dulles District contest. Loudoun County’s Quad Borup hit a three-pointer as time expired to send the game to overtime and ultimately, his team-high 17 points helped the Raiders pull out the 55-47 win.

Grace Brethren-Clinton won its eighth straight game by defeating St. Stephens/St. Agnes, 50-47. A.J. Cabbagestalk dropped 27 points and led a solid defensive effort that held the Saints’ top two scorers in Cameron Gregory and Gavin Peppers to five total points.

• In our game to watch, No. 16 Bullis beat Georgetown Prep, 69-48, to take sole possession of first place in the Interstate Athletic Conference. Anthony Thompson, Russell Sangster and Andre Walker scored 13 points apiece in the Bulldogs’ 11th straight victory.

BREAKFAST LINKS

— Since transforming his jump shot, Magruder’s Nick Griffin has become a perimeter threat and Division I recruit.

— Reed Prosser, formerly at Millbrook, took over the reins as head football coach at Heritage.

— Owen Groesser, a Michigan junior high student with Down syndrome, has become a national star after hitting two three-pointers in his final home game.

TAKING HIS BEST SHOT

Magruder’s Nick Griffin talks about transforming his shot and preparing to play in college for George Washington.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
No. 10 Eleanor Roosevelt at No. 13 DuVal, 7:15 p.m.

The last time these two played, Roosevelt’s Trevor Evans hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for the 59-58 win. Since then, DuVal has won 13 in a row and will look to extend that streak in this tilt between the top two teams in Prince George’s 4A. Look for a detailed preview of the game later this morning on the blog.

By Brandon Parker  |  08:50 AM ET, 01/25/2013

 
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