2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:10 pm

REJI DEVAL
Owner: DeCr3ature
Reticulated Python
Center (C)
7' 5"
315 lbs.
Left-Handed
Orlando, FL
Key West Preparatory


Born in an upper class household in Southern Florida, Reji’s father was a workaholic who was away from the family nearly all the time on a business trip of one sort or another. His mother was a Furrywood actress who would rather spend her time out with friends than taking care of and raising a child. That left it up to the couple’s maid who hardly knew how to raise a child. She put very little restriction or boundaries on Reji, allowing him to act nearly however he wanted, only teaching him the very basics of civilized conduct.
Reji did not receive an authoritative presence in school either; his parents hired the best private tutors money could buy and hoped that Reji would learn something from it. Reji did learn. He learned quite a bit actually. But it did not change his attitude in the slightest.
When Reji was 7 or so, while watching T.V., flipping channels, while eating dinner, he came upon an FBA game. He didn’t pay attention to what teams they were. What caught his attention was the game, the lights, the sound, atmosphere, and the physical concepts; what drew him in was the game itself. Something in the that game struck him and stuck, cementing an interest of the game that would evolve into a near fanatical devotion later in life.
So the next day he told his mother that he wanted to learn to play basketball. To appease her son, and to stop him from bothering her, she made some calls, and within an hour, had a new basketball teacher. It was here that Reji would spend most of his next 4 years during any free time, practicing, practicing, practicing. His hunger for the game only deepened. Soon, he was inviting other local kids from around the area to play against him, wanting to prove himself as better, show that he was the best.
When he was 13, his father, during one of his rare sojourns back in the family household, noticed his son’s intense interest in basketball. He watched one of Reji’s practice and impromptu pickup game sessions. He found himself mildly surprised that he felt some sort of pride in how well his child was doing. In one of the few times in Reji’s life that his parents actively supported him, his father enrolled him in Key West Prepatory.
It was here that Reji’s basketball skills and talent were refined and improved. In his first year he was placed on the starting lineup as a C/F, and soon became the star and leader of the team, as well as most of the school. There was just something about him, something about his personality that made others want to follow. Or he cowed them into submission. For three years he dominated the courts, as he gained height, fame, and recognition. In his sophomore year, he helped Key West Prep (KWP) to their first state championship with star junior Kdaski Banes (Fire Ant, PG), with a record breaking season, setting school records for ppg, FG%, and breaking the district record for RPG and BPG. The next season, Banes suffered a career-ending injury when a player from the opposing team in the fifth regular season game accidently fell into the ant as he came down from a layup, and crushing his leg between the post of the hoop, and the player’s body. His leg snapped.
With Banes gone, many opponents thought that KWP would falter. Instead, they surged to the second consecutive championship on the shoulders of DeVal, who produced his best season yet, racking up 22.4ppg, 11.6 rpg, a .689 FG%, 2.6 apg, and 4.3 bpg, all records that still stand in the Florida Preparatory Division.
Yet what ended up drawing the most attention to Reji was not his outstanding talent, but what happened the summer following his junior year. During that prior school year, Reji and a fellow student athlete on the basketball team had become increasingly hostile towards one another, nearly coming to blows on one occasion. On the last day of their junior year of school, it was reported that Reji and this student had gotten into an argument, and the other student had made some threat of sorts at Reji, who responded with something along the lines “You are gonna regret messing with me!” and some other thinly veiled threats [or so is accused] according to another student who wishes to remain anonymous.
This was just seen as one of many, if heated, threats that Reji and this other student would often exchange with each other. Later that same summer, that same student was admitted to hospital with severe cuts, bruises, and bleeding from multiple puncture wounds. When questioned as to what had happened, the student merely responded that he “fell down”.Claims of Reji being observed near the woods that day were heard. In fact, some furs claimed to have witnessed Reji entering those woods shortly after the student, with an air of determination about him. Nearly the whole community knew of Reji’s and this student’s feud, and so furs drew the conclusion that Reji had beat the other student up and threatened him if he talked. Charges were never filed against Reji.. Reji maintains his claim of innocence, and the said student supports this.
Reji continued despite the controversy around him, producing yet another dominant season at KWP, and even off the basketball court he excelled, graduating in the top 15% of his class. He was the ideal prospect that colleges dreamed of… if it weren’t for the controversy his junior year. That fiasco tarnished him in the eyes of many universities. Quite a few even returned his application letter without even opening it. Such rejection and ill feelings might make many a fur loose focus. Not Reji. Despite the aura of half fear, half disapproval that much of the community seemed to emanate,
With all the colleges refusing to take the potential PR risk that Reji seemed to be, Reji looked outside the U.S. instead, traveling to Europe to take part in the EFBL, having received several offers from EFBL teams even after the incident his junior year. After a couple of visits to various teams, he eventually was signed on to Legion di Roma, the lessons in foreign language from his nanny and prep school helping to ease communication. Following advice from some FBA players who had transferred over to the EFBL, he took extra courses on Italian language and customs that summer to ease the transition. He proved to be a boon for the team, helping what had been only a 2-win team the previous year, to 9 wins and a playoff berth. His youth showed in the playoffs however, with Roma being knocked out early. However, many scouts took notice of the 7’5” reptile, his intense talent, levelheadedness (on the court), and pro experience in Europe had many scouts and teams salivating over him. It came as no surprise to many when he declared for the 2016 FBA draft, the EFBL only having been a stepping stone on his path to the FBA.
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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:14 pm

ROSALIND BAUMHAUER
Owner: WyldElyn
Southern Fox Squirrel
Center (C)
7' 4"
275 lbs.
Right-Handed
Dessau, Germany
No School


Rosa was born in Weimar, Germany to Geron and Monika Baumhauer. She was an unplanned baby born to parents who already had a rather strained relationship and Rosa was only about two-years old when they finally divorced. Seeing Geron as the more suitable parent, custody of Rosa went to him and he moved the two of them to Dessau, where Rosa has lived almost her entire life.

The only child of a single father who kept the bills paid as a mechanic, Rosa went through a rather poor upbringing in spite of Geron's best efforts. With little money to spare to activities and a father working nearly full-time, Rosa instead occupied herself with various outdoor activities, with one of her favorites being basketball. Rosa found that she was always happiest when on the old court near the outskirts of her town and spent as much time there as possible, whether she was playing herself or just observing the others who frequented the court. Her skill and improvements with the sport continued as the years passed, as did an unexpected growth spurt, and by the age of 15 Rosa towered over most of her friends and schoolmates at 6'7''. Having alternated between several positions over the years for the sake of playing with a full team, Rosa took advantage of her continuing growth and focused on playing the center position.

Throughout the next few years Rosa endured through quite a few personal struggles and a tough training regimen that she put herself on, eventually moving out of her father's home to live with Fonso Dreschner, a possum and childhood friend of hers. Deciding against attending college, as she felt it would be too "distracting", Rosa instead turned her sights to pursuing a career as a professional basketball player, and at 22-years-old she was sure that it was a straight shot to the top.

Life had other plans, however, when Rosa received a call from the police, informing her that Geron had been killed in an accident at his mechanic shop. The news sent Rosa reeling but after the initial shock wore off she responded violently, wrecking her own apartment before Fonso arrived home to finally calm her down. The death of the only parent she'd ever know shook Rosa badly, and she slipped into a depression, pushing aside her plans of a professional career. A few more short years went by, with Rosa gradually recovering and finding a sense of balance again. But in spite of her decision to postpone pursuing a position in the FBA, basketball was one constant that never changed. She spent the next year or so getting her head back on and sharpening her skills to a fine point once more. Though she has some doubts, entering as a rookie at 24-years old, Rosa now stands at over seven-feet with a solid defensive play, and she's turned her sights to the FBA draft once more.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:16 pm

RUQAYYA BARAKAH
Owner: Herr Wozzeck
Brandt's Hedgehog
Swingfur (SF/SG)
6' 6"
207 lbs.
Right-Handed
Tehran, Iran
No School


Ruqayya Barakah was born to parents in Tehran who were more secular-minded than the leading powers of Iran. It was to such an extent that Ruqayya's father took part in demonstrations against the Ayatollah and others: his resulting arrest left Ruqayya's mother with little choice but to leave Iran. Thus, when she was only four years old, Ruqayya and her mother fled to a small town in southern Lebanon.

It was out of the frying pan and into the fire for little Ruqayya, who was thrust right into the center of sectarian violence. Worse, they were refugees who had given up everything to leave Iran: life became very difficult for both Ruqayya and her mother. Even as sectarian violence ceded and became a non-issue, Ruqayya's mother found it difficult to support her daughter due to her status as a poor refugee. There was very little she could provide for her daughter, who quietly took in everything that happened.

There was some relief for Ruqayya: when she first arrived in Lebanon, she found a basketball court, and there she saw a game being played by a group of boys. She found herself utterly mesmerized by the sport they played, though she dared not approach the court until they left for fear of reprisal. She was lucky in finding an old, tattered basketball, and at night she snuck out and began to shoot hoops. Eventually, she worked up the courage to play with a group of girls who played before the boys came in, but even then she was considered something of an outcast due to her social standing. Nevertheless, she kept at it, and slowly improved her game.

As she grew older, she began to watch the Lebanese basketball federation games as they appeared on a TV in an electronics shop. When she figured out she could play professionally, she resolved to get onto a team at the national level, no matter what. Thus, she began to train herself as best she could, sneaking out onto the court at night (against the wishes of her mother) and observing how the boys in her school would train for basketball. This continued into her adulthood, when she finally got a chance to try out for a team at the national level.

In the end, she did not make any of the national teams. However, she had impressed one person who had been present at the tryouts: one Lukasz Abrahamowicz, an ambitious agent who typically sought out talent for the EFBL. Seeing Ruqayya's try-out, Lukasz saw something few others did: her drive.

Thus, after the try-out, Lukasz approached Ruqayya, and grew even more impressed when she told him she was almost entirely self-taught. Thus, Lukasz gave Ruqayya an offer: he would do whatever it took to take her to the FBA. Ruqayya had never even heard of the FBA, only having known the Lebanese teams and maybe a few EFBL teams. However, when Ruqayya heard about the FBA from Lukasz, she was instantly interested.

Thus, she allowed Lukasz to make the arrangements to submit her name into the FBA Draft. She was hungry for any opportunity to play her beloved sport, and eventually she convinced her mother to let her pursue her dream, but not before her mother made a comment about how much like her father Ruqayya had become. She only hopes the FBA is everything Lukasz said it was...

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:19 pm

SAMANTHA FRUSTOR
Owner: Stevie Maxwell
Coyote
Forward (SF/PF)
6' 8"
199 lbs.
Left-Handed
Ferguson, MO
Canis Lupus Central Community College


If you asked her to sum up her life in one word, Miss Frustor would reply: "Blessed."

She'd also remind you that she's Agnostic.

Now the canid didn't grow up well-off, but she's not some survivor from below the poverty line. Granted, being raised in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri wasn't necessarily the best middle-class area around, but Sammie and her family made it work despite the increasing tensions that were forming from the species divide in the area. The treatment of non-domestics was already starting to make local headlines, and it would culminate in the nationally covered story that Samantha was luckily not caught up in.

Usually coyotes tend to be more average sized, but this lucky lady hit quite the growth spurt in her first year of high school. She was encouraged by her few friends as well as her family to participate in as many athletics as possible, and coaches desired her height in both volleyball and basketball. Even though she could still sense the rift between domestics and ferals at school, the teamwork aspects of those two sports, along with a couple of regional championships that led to state tournament appearances during her high school years, kept her from being the brunt of a lot of negative attention. Sure, there was the occassional slur thrown her way, but a supportive network of friends and family and school administration reminded her that she was above that kind of hate.

Accepting a full-ride athletic scholarship from CLCCC in Indiana, Samantha made sure to maintain as much of her network of support as possible while forging a new one at her campus. While the college didn't have a formal volleyball team, she did end up competing in some of their local tournaments. In terms of basketball, high school saw her playing more of a bigfur but she was moved into the small forward and shooting guard roles more to accomodate for the much taller furs that were drawn to the school's program. Some tried to compare her to the more successful alumnis in the FBA such as Fenruss Brylee and Renee Fiora, but she never had that breakout game that most scouts and analysts look for in a rising star. One thing she was good at was consistency, and one could count on her to make that one bucket (despite missing the last three) or grab that one rebound.

Two years after the riots shocked her hometown, Samantha earned her liberal arts degree in music, but had her sights set on playing basketball professionally. When asked about her chances with the FBA or the EFBL or any of the other international leagues, the coyote didn't provide a committed answer. She knew that her stats and averages weren't anywhere in the double-digit area, but she prided herself on being versatile and skilled enough to be placed anywhere on the floor. "I want to be someone that my community back home can all come together and root for. So many of them supported me as I grew up there, so this is my way of trying to give back to them."

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:23 pm

SAVERIO LAZZARI
Owner: WyldElyn
American Lobster
Forward (PF)
7' 0"
266 lbs.
Right-Handed
Venice, Italy
No School


Saverio was born in Viterbo, Italy to a single mother, and was raised by her and his maternal uncle. He spent most of his childhood playing with his cousins or working with his uncle on his fishing boat as he got older, and it was his cousins who introduced him to basketball early on in his life. A career in fishing was considered the closest thing the Lazzari family had to a legacy, but Saverio saw basketball as the future with the most potential.

When Saverio was 14 he and his family moved from Viterbo to Venice to be closer to his aging grandmother. The move was a rough and unwanted transition for Saverio, though the young lobster noticeably cheered up upon the discovery that his new school had a basketball team with positions needing to be filled. Saverio wasted no time before he submitted himself into the try-outs, and once accepted onto the team, he quickly settled into position as the team's power forward.

Some say that Saverio thrived on the court during his teenage years and publicly Saverio would agree with them. However, the young crustacean often found himself more frustrated with the games than anything, as he felt that his opponents and even his teammates didn't have the same passion for the game that he did. Indeed, Saverio's obvious efforts and exertion throughout the game seemed noticeable to some in the stands as well, including a talent scout who saw the lobster's potential as a professional player. During the summer after his graduation Saverio intended to spend a few months working with his uncle on his boat, but he was contacted one day by the talent scout who witnessed his victorious end-of-season game.

Saverio took this as a sign that his dreams of becoming a professional league player were more than just "idle fantasies" as his cousins called it, and so Saverio spent the next year or so working out and pushing himself on the court harder than he ever had before, eagerly counting the days until the annual FBA draft. Even so, the usually confidant young lobster did feel a little wary about pursuing this potential career and put his actual submission in rather late, far more nervous than he lets on about the approaching drafting ceremony.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:26 pm

SIMON LEE
Owner: Christaphorac
Gerbil
Guard (SG)
5' 8"
155 lbs.
Right-Handed
Gamerco, NM
Underwood College


An asocial "young wanderer" between the ages of 9 and 12, the turning point in young Simon's life came when he was taken in by a kindly public health worker.
For the next 6 years Simon was one of 3 boys who lived with the worker (a bear) and his boyfriend (a jaguarundi). And his dedication to basketball was, oddly, kindled by learning to swim.
The house had a pool. Simon, terrified of water, nevertheless expressed his desire to learn to swim. "I remember saying 'I want to but I -don't- want to'," he explained. "I think I wanted to stop being scared of it. I wanted to be able to have fun." He became competent at it in a fairly short time, and this seemed to have an effect on the boy's confidence.
Always casually interested in basketball (he admires Theodore Sanftner and the recently-retired Sam Wallace) Simon began practicing more seriously with the other two boys. By age 14 he had enrolled in the local high school, wanting to join the basketball team and play with other like-minded boys. The fact he was still "four feet something" and also had been out of school for five years didn't deter him. "You might say I was a late developer. I had a growth spurt in the tenth grade and my voice changed in the twelfth. I've been playing catch-up a lot of my life."
At Underwood, he learned to utilize his tendency to "make myself invisible" to go inside for points or get rebounds. His experience as a point guard in high school stood him in good stead here. In Underwood's 2015-16 season he averaged 12 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:28 pm

STAN SHIELDS JR.
Owner: Sam Gwosdz
Grey Wolf
Forward (SF)
6' 7"
230 lbs.
Right-Handed
Raleigh, NC
Tar Hock Science University at Salem


Stan Shields, Jr. naturally had been around basketball his entire life, being the son of FBA Hall of Fame player and current Edmonton Totems coach Stan Shields, Sr. And he was following in his father’s footsteps. But Stan, Sr. knew his son’s love for basketball wasn’t quite like his. Junior was more cerebral and kept to himself; he wasn’t much for camaraderie, even within his own family. In fact, he seemed to be more interested in numbers and analysis to supplement his play. That was all just fine as he grew up; affectionately called “Junior” by a lot of his later teammates, he grew up to be a strong overall player, capable of playing point guard, shooting guard and small forward.

His college career was strange though, and one word could sum it up in one word.

Pressure.

North Carolina Wolfpack University, Stan, Sr.’s alma mater, practically scouted Junior since middle school. He became aware of that in seventh grade and faced internal pressure as well as external. His parents insisted that they’d be okay with any decision that he made, but Stan, Jr. knew that his mother wanted very badly for him to pursue a good education in case basketball didn’t work out. And he always had a talent for math as well, working on calculus as well as his jump shot.

But Shields quickly realized what everyone wanted out of him at Wolf U and that was basketball. From coaches to even his professors, he sensed they only saw him as a basketball player. Practices suddenly were a drag and didn’t come easy to him anymore. Mistakes that were once brushed off in high school were met with an occasional “That’s not what your father would have done” comment. Though well-meaning, Shields didn’t see it that way. He even went so far to as begin insisting that everyone call him by his full name Stanley. Of course, that didn’t help matters and just two months into university, the young wolf abruptly packed his things and left campus, eventually citing poor academic support.

His parents were flabbergasted at the decision and, after much heated discussion, came to somewhat of an understanding and decided to let the matter drop. Shields was able to get a part-time job at a gym in Raleigh. He was liked at the job, but Shields kept getting the nagging feeling that it just wasn’t enough. Real or imagined, he kept thinking about the disappointment others must have been feeling then.

Almost fatefully, about a month later, he got a call from a representative at TARSUS: Tar Hock Science University at Salem. Shields agreed to speak with coach Tyrell MacKinnon. The feline coach, Shields found, was very straight-forward and honest; he had done some research about what happened at Wolf U and suspected that Shields still wanted to continue his education as well as his basketball career. Stan had heard that from his father as well; the elder Shields also suspected that basketball and education wasn’t something that Junior would drop so easily. After several calls, MacKinnon convinced Shields that he would be able to play basketball and get the education he desired. Junior enrolled there in time for the upcoming fall semester.

Tar Hock Science University at Salem was a small college, but with strong mathematics and science programs. Shields ended up being a big fish in a small pond at the college. At first he still insisted on being called Stanley, but his teammates stuck him with the natural nickname Junior. Thankfully, this time, Shields was able to take it in stride. MacKinnon drove Shields to be the leader of the team which was short on talent, and drove him to gain the confidence needed to take over that role. With that, Shields played three positions regularly: point guard, shooting guard and small forward. His

And with Coach MacKinnon’s encouragement, he was also able to focus on getting a degree in mathematics like he wished. And what really meant the most to Shields is that he was able to reconcile a bit with his parents and show them he did have a plan all along.

Finally feeling more secure with himself, Shields was able to flourish at the school. He became particularly adept at muscling his way inside and being strong in the paint. Even though he’s not particularly fast, he takes pride in knowing exactly what to do when passing the ball and what shot to take when it comes to getting into the paint. His blocking and rebounding skills are solid, but he’s incapable of stealing the ball; he prefers to go after it after it’s been shot or passed. When on the bench, he usually had a clipboard on his hand, observing the action and taking notes. Some even joked he might become a coach like his dad.

In ways, Stanley Shields, Jr. is very much like his father: business-like and has an great mind for basketball and leadership. What is different about him is his battles with uncertainty and concerns that he may have already reached his peak talents even at the small college. However, Shields is certain of one thing: his path was born of his wishes. His name helped, but in the end, what made him him is “Junior”. And he vowed to himself to make sure to keep that in mind if he was able to go into the FBA.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:31 pm

TADLEY WESTON
Owner: WyldElyn
Amazon Milk Frog
Guard (PG)
5' 11"
187 lbs.
Right-Handed
Mancester, UK
Elon University


Born in Manchester, England to Paddy and Maria Weston, Tadley entered the world as a wide-eyed idealist and has remained that way since. With an heart of gold and almost annoyingly positive outlook on life, Tadley grew up in a close and supportive family, with both parents working well-paying jobs to support the hobbies and interests of their many children and, being the baby of the family, Tadley wanted for little. The downside, however, was that Tadley often had to entertain himself, and while spending one afternoon at a crowded playground, young Tadley was invited by some of his schoolmates to play a quick game of basketball.

It seemed destined to be from that moment, with Tadley's family already having a long line of members who played sports at a professional level, though none of them ever really became famous outside of the United Kingdom. However, while the Weston family's strongest love was for football, it was basketball that held Tadley's attention. Though his father and siblings casually tried to steer him towards their favored sport when Tadley began showing an interest in truly becoming an athlete, Tadley's heart belonged to basketball alone and his family eventually accepted that. It provided not only an outlet for the energetic young frog, but also plenty of opportunities to socialize and build up friendships with others, which Tadley thrives on.

As Tadley and his love for basketball grew over the years, he often played as a point guard of the team. Though his social nature wasn't build around it, Tadley's unconscious habit of getting to know others both on and off the court proved to be an advantage, as he was often quick in figuring out what playing styles his teammates and opponents would likely use. He used this skill to control the flow of the game as often as he could, frequently receiving the ball and then passing it towards teammates or away from opponents who had known advantages. Between this talent and a high endurance, Tadley is a far more worthy opponent that his small frame suggests.

About halfway through his second and final year of university, Tadley began seriously wondering what he would do after graduating. While there was no shortage of available jobs around him, Tadley knew he wouldn't be happy if he didn't at least try to pursue a career as a professional player and so the young frog has submitted his name into the 2016 FBA draft, waiting eagerly if not impatiently for the chance to go pro.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:33 pm

TAHIRY ANDRIAMATSINORO
Owner: Quinn McAllister
Ring-Tailed Lemur
Forward (SF)
6' 8"
195 lbs.
Right-Handed
Antanarivo, Madagascar
No School


Few entrants into the 2016 FBA Draft will have taken as winding of a path to get to draft day as Tahiry Andriamatsinoro. The ring-tailed lemur’s athletic skill saw him spending chunks of his formative years in three different continents and almost playing college basketball in a fourth, and he’s never stayed in one place for very long.

Tahiry Andriamatsinoro was born in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on July 13, 1996. His father Hery, a supervisor at a textile factory and avid pickup soccer player, pushed young Tahiry into sports at an early age. The lemur quickly took to the pitch, showing a great amount of skill even as a young child.

It was Tahiry’s skill in soccer that got him noticed by Liam Morton, a wallaby from Perth, Australia, who happened to be vacationing on the African island. Morton introduced himself to Tahiry, seven at the time, and his parents, explaining that he ran a youth sports academy in Australia and that Tahiry looked like a natural athlete who could reach the highest heights of fame and fortune. Tahiry was enthusiastic at the chance to leave Madagascar for the first time in his life, and he loved soccer and wanted to become a pro.

Wanting the best future for his son, Hery waved a tearful goodbye to Tahiry and his mother Felana, who both made the trip to Perth. Tahiry spent the next six years of his life taking classes and practicing soccer for hours a day. It was at the age of thirteen that Tahiry met another student at the academy, a young basketball player named Ross White. The two became fast friends, and Ross invited Tahiry to attend an exhibition game between two groups of basketball students. Tahiry was enthralled by the fast action and high scoring, and began meeting up with Ross as often as possible to learn more about the game.

Three months later, Tahiry approached Liam Morton and told him that he wanted to become a basketball player. Morton was initially skeptical of the switch, but soon realized that Tahiry’s speed, well-developed footwork and size (he already stood 6’3” at the age of fourteen) meant that he could potentially develop into a great player. Tahiry was assigned a personal coach – Milan Kocur, a Eurasian lynx who had spent seven years playing professionally in his native Slovakia – and set about learning to play basketball.
It quickly became apparent that there was a long way to go. While the basic physical tools were there, it was obvious that Tahiry had barely touched a basketball – he couldn’t shoot, could hardly dribble, and had no knowledge of the fundamentals of the game. Milan worked with Tahiry day and night, often having him shoot upwards of a thousand jump shots a day.
By the time Tahiry turned sixteen, his basketball skills had vastly improved, both from focused coaching with Milan and from scrimmages played with fellow academy students. He was also excelling in academic classes, and had become one of the academy’s most successful students. Unfortunately, at around the same time, Milan Kocur and Liam Morton had a major falling-out, and Milan made the decision to return home to Slovakia. He gave Tahiry the choice to stay in Australia with Liam and his mother or to come with him – alone – to Slovakia.

After many tears and long conversations, Tahiry made the decision to follow Milan to Slovakia to continue his basketball education. (He had graduated from the academic courses at the Australian academy early.) There, he faced tougher competition than he had at the academy in Perth, and it took him several months to adjust.
However, the fact that Tahiry no longer had to take classes worked out quite well, as he was able to devote even more time to basketball and quickly became one of the country’s top youth prospects. Unfortunately, his lack of Slovakian citizenship rendered him unable to play for the national team, but he was able to catch on with a local semipro team. Stat-keeping was iffy in the semipro league, but reports were that Tahiry was averaging around 20 or 30 points a game, mostly utilizing the jump shot that he had so constantly drilled with Kocur at the academy. This stat was made all the more impressive by the fact that many of the league’s players were ten to fifteen years older than Tahiry.
As Tahiry turned seventeen, he seemed to be moving nicely along the path that Kocur had set for him – he had begun to attract notice from top-flight Slovakian pro clubs, and Kocur thought of this as a likely path for Tahiry to reach a team in one of Europe’s more well-known national leagues. (It helped that he had grown to 6’7” by this point.) However, an alternate path opened up when a scout from the Universidad Peludo de Puerto Rico happened to find himself at an exhibition game between the semi-pro all-stars and the Slovakian U-20 national team – a game in which Tahiry scored 43 of his team’s 89 points in a losing effort.
The scout, a cougar from Florida named Jimmy Kent, approached Tahiry after the game. UPPR was looking for a scorer to replace the departed Ricardo Rodrigues, and Kent was very interested in recruiting the young lemur. Kent told Tahiry that playing in Puerto Rico could give him a shot at an FBA career in the States. Intrigued, Tahiry went to Milan Kocur, who told him, “Go for it. You’ve got nothing left to learn from me.”
And so it was that Tahiry Andriamatsinoro packed up his belongings once again and moved into a dorm in the suburb of Bayamόn, Puerto Rico. However, a cruel twist of fate then jeopardized Tahiry’s basketball future.
It turned out that his play in the Slovakian semipro league had rendered him ineligible to play in Puerto Rico – a fact he did not learn until a week before the season. Panicked and in tears, Tahiry called Milan Kocur – the only person he could think of to contact. Milan paid for Tahiry’s plane ticket back to Slovakia and took the young lemur in once again.
With college no longer an option, Tahiry again turned his attention towards top Slovakian clubs. Oddly, he didn’t get a lot of interest from the top teams in the Slovak PrváLiga, who preferred to develop players from their own youth academies (as opposed to the semi-pro circuits, which were generally seen as inferior). Eventually, though, he caught on with Prešov PBK, a middle-of-the-road team in Prešov.
The PrváLiga game was a substantial step up (in both skill and difficulty) from the semi-pro league, and Tahiry struggled in his first truly professional season, getting few minutes and not playing particularly effectively when he was on the floor. (The team struggled mightily as well, finishing near the bottom of the PrváLiga standings.) However, a combination of two fortuitous events turned his career in Slovakia around. First, the team’s coach was fired after a 3-8 start the next season; then, the starting small forward quit the team because of a contract dispute.
Tahiry was pushed into the starting spot and found himself immediately gelling with the new coach’s up-tempo style. He started scoring, and Prešov PBK started winning games, at one point rattling off six consecutive victories. They went into the PrváLiga playoffs as the league’s hottest team and reached the finals, played against league powers BK Bratislava and attended by various scouts for European leagues, along with a couple of FBA scouts.

Tahiry struggled early in the game, missing seven of his first ten shots, as Prešov PBK fell behind 49-33 at halftime. The coach benched Tahiry for the third quarter, and the team was able to make a dent in the lead, with the score standing at 71-60 going into the fourth quarter.
Buoyed by a surprise phone message from his father and mother received in the locker room before the fourth quarter, Tahiry returned to the game and played like a lemur possessed, at one point making three-pointers on four straight possessions, as Prešov PBK stormed back to take an 89-88 lead with thirteen seconds left. BK Bratislava passed the ball around, looking for the final shot, when Tahiry burst into a passing lane and clinched the game with a steal, diving and knocking the ball down the floor as time expired.

After considering his strong showing (and steady improvement) in his second season of PrváLiga play, Tahiry’s coach suggested that the young lemur declare for the FBA Draft. Tahiry did just that, confidently and excitedly taking the next step in his career. It remains to be seen how FBA teams will react to this little-known, well-traveled small forward, for whom the draft combine will be his first time in the United States.
Personality: Tahiry is rather flashy and loud on the court. One of his preferred defensive strategies seems to be “talk your guy’s ear off”, and he is very outgoing with the media and fans. He’s a bit of a partier – though he doesn’t drink much – and he likes electronic music. He’s smart, quick-witted, and laughs loudly and often. His voice is interesting – an amalgamation of accents picked up from the various places he’s lived – but settles somewhere in between Malagasy and Australian accents for the most part. He’s fluent in Malagasy and English and conversationally competent in Slovak and Czech.
Appearance: Tahiry is 6’8” and 195 pounds – tall and wiry, without a ton of added muscle. He has a Mohawk/fauxhawk-esque haircut, and he likes to dye it various bright colors. He dresses similarly off the court – bright, attention-grabbing outfits. He has the yellow eyes typical of a ring-tailed lemur.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:35 pm

TAKERU ISHIJIMA
Owner: Mish
Siberian Tiger
Forward (PF)
6' 11"
275 lbs.
Right-Handed
Saga, Japan
Fukuoka Minami University


Takeru Ishijima was born to Komachi and Hideo Ishijima in the city of Saga in southern Japan. Only a couple years after he was born his parents were divorced, and Takeru lived with his mother. As an only child to a divorced mother, Takeru had to help out his mother quite a bit growing up. This helped instill in him a sense of responsibility and duty from a young age. He was taught to give everything he did all of his attention and energy, and to not waste any opportunity. He took this to heart and became a very hard working boy in everything he did.

Being a very tall child, Takeru stood out among his fellow classmates in school, and it was not always in a good way. They saw his differing height and mass as strange and potentially scary, and he found it hard to make friends. Ostracization took its toll, causing him to develop an impassive and usually cold personality to protect himself emotionally. It continued like this for much of his late childhood, until he reached middle school. Noticing how his size could be advantageous, one of his classmates recommended trying basketball. While initially hesitant, since it would take up some of his time after school, but his mother encouraged him to at least try. She had hoped it would potentially make him a bit more outgoing.

With this push Takeru tried the school's basketball club. He took to the game relatively quickly, his height actually being an advantage for the sport. What really helped him begin to enjoy the sport, however, was his teammates' encouragement. They viewed Takeru as an asset to the team, and it was this social acceptance that made Takeru continue with basketball. He improved throughout middle school and even continued with it into high school, with many of the team members from his middle school. He grew more confident with his growing skill in the sport, but his social circle still remained restricted to his team.

Doing decently on his college entrance exams, he earned acceptance into Fukuoka Minami University, a public university in the neighboring city of Fukuoka. Despite some financial hardships on him and his mother, he worked hard to gain financial need scholarships in order to fund it. It was at this point in life that he realized this was the main preoccupation that interested him. So after choosing a degree in sports science, he also tried out for the basketball team. Easily making the cut due to his experience and physical attributes, he became an important member of their offense. He played with the team for all four years of his college career and proved his skills, which earned the attention of scouts from the NKBL. He was given offers from the Fukuoka Storm, the Matsuyama Warriors, and the Osaka Gold-Stars. He decided to go with the Fukuoka Storm, since they were his 'hometown' team.

After his graduation, he became a rookie with the Storm. For the next two years he played in the NKBL, the Storm being his team the entire time. He was one of the stronger members of their rookie squad, proving to be able to add offensive power and an intimidation factor to the paint. He gained a reputation in local news for his hard working and dedicated attitude, but also his stand-offish personality. However, during this time, Takeru had the nagging feeling that he could be doing more. Partway through his NKBL career he felt he might have the skill to make in the FBA, the top basketball league in the world.

He began to use the rest of his career to improve as much as he could, as well as learn english, with the hopes of entering the FBA. He put his patented work ethic to the task and began to improve over the next two years. Now twenty four years old, Takeru has decided to pursue the FBA after his rookie contract with the Fukuoka Storm expired. He is determined to see the heights that he can reach in this profession that he has come to love due to the acceptance he found in it, and he won't stop until he reaches it.
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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:39 pm

TASYA FANGESTU
Owner: Lizzimba
Sumatran Tiger
Swingfur (SG/SF)
5' 11"
140 lbs.
Right-Handed
Jakarta, Indonesia
No School


Determined, feisty and bolshy on court, Tasya Fangestu cuts a much larger presence than her slight frame suggests. Indoensian basketball has come on leaps and bounds in the last ten years, and with a concerted effort and money being pumped into the nation, the fruits of that effort is now starting to show. Aditya Anggun (Civet, G) was the first to come through, and now Miss Fangestu has every chance of being the second.

Tasya first found basketball playing streetball in the searing heat of Jakarta, and was caught up in the hoopla of the push for Indonesian basketball, Tasya joined clubs that gave her access to some of the best coaches in Asia on a Saturday, and she would practice her shooting and dribbling during the week, often listening to music as she did so, shooting in time to the music. When her coaches started to realise she had real talent, quickly they had her come to train with the U-14 Indonesian side at the age of just 11, and quickly displaced kids much older than her. She was playing for the national side in a freidnly at just 15 such a prodigy she was, and playing in a weaker confederation (albeit a growing one) gave her masses of exposure to the more technical aspects of the game.

Making a breakthrough and catching the eyes of FBA scouts at World Jam playing for Indonesia alongside Anggun and Cliff Matthiews, the tigress was impressive against more experienced opposition and was one of the best non-FBA players in the tournament, with only Carol Quinones (Grey Wolf, C) stealing the headlines from her. Indonesia managed to do well in the tournament, and with Jakarta hosting the next tournament, you can imagine the swell of investment in Tasya making the FBA and becoming a star name for the Indonesian team.

The positives for Tasya are many. She has an attitude that far belies her age, is a good trainer, provides a determination and steel to the locker-room and is one of the most talented ball handlers and three point shooters to have come into the draft in many a year. She has reasonable strength for her size, and has had exposure to a higher level of play thanks to her coming through and playing at all levels of international basketball, and luckily World Jam being created at just the right time for her.

However, Tasya is an incredible risk in many other ways. She would be one of the shortest players in the FBA if she were signed, and it would be nigh on impossible to play her preferred position of Small Forward in the FBA, she would have to adapt to either Shooting Guard or Point Guard. There is also the fact that she lacks the tarditional university education some would consider to be what gives an athelete 'pedigree'. Tasya's experience comes from cutting her teeth on international basketball and the Indonesian League where she has reprsented numerous teams. Add on to that she would be one of the youngest draftees ever at 18 when the season starts and you can see why some wouldn't consider her.

Tasya loves her music, often caught wearing huge headphones and just channelling the beats and dribbling the ball on her own, and is very much of the streetballer nature, capable of fighting for herself on court and with a good range of skills. Will her cavalier and determined 3-on-3 style fit into the more regimented and professional world of the FBA?

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:42 pm

TIA TERRA
Owner: Wolfnumber9
Opposum
Bigfur (C/PF)
7' 4"
240 lbs.
Right-Handed
Smyrna, TN
Vanderbarn University


On November 10, 1995, in Smyrna, Tennessee, Veronica Terra became the happiest opossum in the world when she gave birth to her new baby girl. After a grueling home birth and a devastating divorce, Veronica was able to forget all of that as she realized she was now a single mother. Still, she knew that she wanted to give her baby girl a life better than her own. After arguing with her mother and her sisters, Veronica decided to name her daughter the name her father would have wanted. She named her Tia, Tia Terra.
A few years past and Veronica went back to working as a mechanic. Some would say that she was, and still is, the best mechanic in Tennessee. Although, Tia's first few years in school weren't too good. Teachers would say that Tia wouldn't finish her homework, was always behind the class, and sometimes didn't finish her test. She managed to get through pre-school, but her struggles still continued as she went to 1st grade. "You wouldn't believe the calls I used to get from her teachers." Said Veronica. "They'd be like 'Tia is failing the class' and I would ask 'Why is she failing?' Or 'What do you think I should do?'. One teacher just said that maybe Tia is just stupid. I wanted to punch her little nose in." Finally, Veronica decided to seek medical help. She was disheartened when the doctor diagnosed her with mild dyslexia. Still, Veronica pushed Tia hard to get through school. Veronica herself didn't go to college and she barely made it through high school. It was difficult and taxing but Tia managed to get through Elementary school. This also taught Tia a very important lesson: to never give up.
Although, as Tia went to middle school, her and Veronica were given another surprise. Tia was growing, fast. She had already reached a height of 5'10" in 6th grade, the same height as her mother. "Oh boy, I tell you, it was like everyday she would wake up and tell me 'Mama, this shirt don't fit me no more.' or 'Mama, these shorts are too small.' Oh boy, shopping for clothes was hard, I tell ya." Said Veronica. Still, Tia's increasing height didn't really help her in school. She was constantly bullied and called names by the other students, sometimes even the staff called her names. Tia would even come back home crying. Veronica would just tell her to stay away from anyone who hurt her, but this soon led to Tia being very anti social. Thankfully, Tia found something that would help her through so much: Sports. It all started when Tia and her mother were watching Furcar one night. Veronica decided to change the channel to watch the Tennessee Moonshiners play and that's when Tia instantly fell in love with basketball all by watching one player shoot the ball better than anyone else on the court: John Stoat. "Suddenly she kept on saying that she wanted to play basketball." Said Veronica. "She said that she wanted to shoot like John Stoat, and I told her that it's not an easy sport and that she would have to work hard, but she told me she would...So, we made a deal." Soon, Veronica bought a simple hoop that wasn't put together yet and a basketball and gave it to Tia. She then gave her a tool box and said that if she wanted to play basketball, she would have to practice, and in order to practice, she needed to build her own hoop. At first, Tia was excited to get started, but after a few days it seemed that Tia took on an impossible task. Soon, months went by and Tia would continue to whine and complain, but all Veronica said to her was: "You wanted to play basketball." Eventually, Veronica thought that Tia would soon give up, until one night. One night, when Veronica was sleeping, she was awoken by the sound of a basketball going through a net. She then rushed out of bed and went to the backyard and saw Tia shooting the ball at the basketball hoop she built all by herself. Veronica was so proud she almost cried.
In eighth grade, Tia easily made the school basketball team due to her height, but she never really played like an average bigfur. Tia could score very well and was very skilled in the offensive post along with averaging 3 blocks a game. Her stand out performance on the team soon gave her the popularity she never had at school. Everyone wanted to meet her or play with her or even just talk to her and once she moved up to high school, her popularity followed her. She once again made the team and the coach focused a lot on her offense. Tia sure did deliver though. She averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks in 10th grade. Then, Tia learned something that would change her game drastically. She learned how to dunk. This may seem like a simple thing to learn, but in her senior year, Tia reached a height of 6'9" and dunking became the most fun thing to do. Windmills, reverses, 360's, Tia put on quite a show. She also made many good friends at school, one of which was her teammate Cassie, a female wolf point guard. The two were a dynamic duo on and off the court. Cassie became the assist leader for the team due to Tia's scoring and she also helped Tia with her school work. The two were a dynamic duo and East Smyrna High School seemed like the favorite school to win the state championship. Tia enjoyed every moment of it, but she soon realized that she may have had too much fun. One night, after practice, Tia and Cassie were spending sometime together, but the moment took an unfortunate turn when Tia tried to kiss Cassie. Cassie quickly pushed her away and ran away from her. Tia never felt so embarrassed. The next day, Cassie told everyone in school that Tia tried to rape her. No one believed the obvious lie, but people still treated Tia very differently. Complements turned to insults, friends turned to strangers, and the crowds of people disappeared. "Did I know she was Lesbian? Nope." Said Veronica. "I mean, Tia never really seemed interested in boys and she usually spent time with her female friends, but I never knew how serious it was." In the end, Veronica became the only person who was accepting of her sexuality. But in the state championship game, none of Tia's teammates would pass her the ball. It was a horrible display as Tia only had 6 points and the team lost by 20 points.
Despite her rough senior year, many colleges were after Tia. In the end, Tia wanted to stay close to her mother so she chose to go to Vanderbarn University and study electrical engineering. She also once again joined the school team, but the school coach wasn't all too impressed with Tia. He believed that Tia was good enough for the team, but he wanted her to get better. "He would make Tia run the most, shot the most, train the most. It was really unfair to be honest." Said a former teammate. Tia still performed well in her freshman year, but the extra pressure on her was starting to take a huge toll on her grades. She nearly failed out of the school. Still, Veronica would keep telling her the same thing every time they spoke. "You can be anything you want to be, but you can't be a quitter. You are not a quitter." It was difficult, but Tia took her mother's words to heart. Her grades slowly came up as her teammates helped tutor her, she slowly moved up to a starter as she improved in her defensive game, and finally, Tia had her final growth spurt. Now standing at 7'4", weighing at 240 pounds, and gaining a 7'8" wingspan, Vanderbarn University had their starting center.
Fun Facts:
1. In a close game that would decide if Vanderbarn would advance to the FCAA, Tia was hit in the muzzle and was bleeding profusely. She later came back in the fourth quarter and scored 15 points to bring her team the victory.
2. When she was young, Tia never liked haircuts. So Veronica gave up in trying to cut it. She still keeps her hair long and free today, but ties it down during games.
3. Tia is very shy and also not the most clever opossum, but she is surprisingly smart and has a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. The Vanderbarn coach described it best when he said that Tia is “A 5 year old trapped in a giant’s body”.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:45 pm

TIMOTHY SVENGAARD
Owner: MigeYeFoxe
Red Deer
Bigfur (PF/C)
7' 0"
235 lbs.
Right-Handed
Andover, MN
Red Deer College


There is a saying that when God made someone, they decided to bless them in every single way except one. And for Timothy Svengaard one could definitely make that case. Except the one thing he's lacking in is his brain. Timothy is a phenomenal athlete, but he's not exactly all that bright. His entire high school career as well as his time spent in college he needed a full time tutor to just keep him to barely passing his classes and we wasn't trying for anything particularly hard.

His mother, Doloris, pushed hard for him to partake in sports from an early age, intent on having her little Timothy be the hometown star. But his low intelligence made a lot of sports almost too challenging for him as he would keep making simple mistakes. Eventually when he started to grow rather tall his mother decided on putting him towards basketball, in part because it was the one sport he had the least problem with performing and not getting into too much trouble.

That isn't to say his coaches didn't have a hard time teaching him even some of the more basic fundamentals. When he grew tall enough that he could actually reach the rim when jumping it took his coaches about six months to teach him not to goaltend. And learning complicated plays is definitely almost certainly out of the question.

But he was able to learn simple plays and could perform them flawlessly. When told to do something simple, like "stop this player from scoring but don't foul" or "set the screen for this other player" he was a monster on the court and would at times be almost scary in his execution of them. During this past year in college whenever he was on the court he would pick up on average about forty percent of all the balls the other team failed to convert, and about half that percentage when grabbing balls his own team missed.

Offensively he was a lot more average, not so much because he lacked the physical prowess to do what was needed. Surprisingly fast for someone of his size and really great at throwing his weight around he could do really well at medium and short ranges. Long range his has a little more trouble due to lack of practice. But his offensive capability issues stem more from that, though possessing the physical aspects needed to do great, his low intelligence made him somewhat easy to read.

Off the court being raised as he was by his mother he has a tendency to prefer the company of other herbivorous species. He doesn't have any specific issue with predators, it's just that he believes that eating meat is a sin and will take every change he can to try and elighten any carnivore of that fact in the hope they will amend their ways.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:48 pm

TORI WETMORE
Owner: Pac
Spectacled Caiman
Guard (PG/SG)
6' 1"
165 lbs.
Right-Handed
Tuscaloosa, AL
Scute College


Tori Wetmore is the quintessential scrappy point guard. With a snap in her yap, she is known to be a verbose and intimidating player even for her size. You wouldn’t think so, however, if you knew her and her parents before she slashed her way onto the court.

One of five daughters, Tori was born to George and Ester Wetmore (both dentists by trade) in a moderately affluent neighborhood of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Height achievement was highly regarded by the Wetmore’s with each of the caiman sisters excelling in their own right. Tori was no exception, finding high marks in academics as well as athletics. She was affable and confident until one crucial game during her high school’s championship run.
With seconds left on the clock, Tori stood to put the dagger in their bitter rivals’ backs. She was her school’s most reliable player at the line. A normally icy unflappable shooter, this was going to be Creektrail High’s long awaited victory and Tori was to be their hero. But as the free throw pinged off the rim and the collective home crowd audibly groused, the win they were promised evaporated and Battlehill High would advance. In a moment of rare weakness when the shot heard around Alabama was sunk, Tori began crying inconsolably on court, worsening her embarrassment and humiliation.
Even after graduating high school and the memory of that night fading from everyone’s recollection, it was hard for Tori to live down in her own mind. She was recruited heavily by a string of schools in the southern states, eventually settling on Scute College in Mobile, Alabama on a generous athletics scholarship. Redoubling her efforts to never have to swallow a pill like that humiliating defeat ever again, Tori masked her sensitive side while on the court with a cold and hard exterior to compliment her tenacious skills. She became unflappable to downright harsh when she was working, doing her best to compensate for her insecurities despite being a genuinely remarkable player.
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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:50 pm

TUA WATI
Owner: Gabriel Fawkes
Auckland Tree Weta
Center (C)
7' 5"
330 lbs.
Right-Handed
Tokoroa, New Zealand
New Zealand Furnaversity at Auckland


Tua grew up in a suburb town of Tokorao on the North Island of New Zealand. Boys his age at the time were into one of three sports Football, Rugby, and Baseball. Tua gravitated to Basketball as he felt he was never a really good kicker to play Football, he was an ok Rugby player but tended to dwarf the rest of his teammates, but in Basketball his natural height was something that was usually picked out. He picked up the game from attending a daycare program at the local Y.K.C.A. that was in his town as his father was a factory worker while his mother worked as a Librarian, and neither felt comfortable with him being at home after school so they sent him. Part of what drives him is an unwillingness to settle to be just good enough; he is someone to want to be better than he was the day before. A philosophy he picked up from his father who drilled it into his head from a young age. As Tua got older, and hit puberty, he found he was gifted with a 7'5" frame, rare but not too uncommon among his people but still and intimidating size for those who expect bugs from an Island to be small. Due to his size and natural jumping ability, he led his teammates in rebounds as well as dunks, usually making a bit of a show about it. He isn’t all brawn and no brains, though Tua was granted an Athletic scholarship to NZF at Auckland, he could have easily entered the school on his grades alone. At the school his Coaches quickly saw his potential and soon he was excelling in the position of Center and also dabbled in the Power Forward position. At University he was tapped twice by the National U25 team to take part in the Oceanic Under 25 tournament, winning one and coming in second in the other appearance. Now he has set his sights on being the First insect from New Zealand to play in the FBA as well as has his eyes set squarely on getting the Championship.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:55 pm

TYRESE VAUGHAN
Owner: Pac
Giant Otter
Center (C)
7' 2"
240 lbs.
Right-Handed
New York City, NY
Alabama Mammalian University


Vaughan is no stranger to struggle, and the mastery of overcoming it. Born to a single mother hooked on drugs, Vaughan’s arrival into this world was already fraught with uncertainty. He was a fighter from the beginning and triumphed over the first tenuous years of his life, in what would be the first of many trials.

For much of his adolescence, Vaughan and his mother found themselves in and out of shelters and even on the streets more often than either want to admit now days. Though Vaughan’s mother was plagued by the realities of addiction and poverty, Vaughan’s burgeoning strength and fortitude helped raise them both up in their darkest hours. She would often call him a miracle, growing like a stubborn root in a sidewalk crack, doing what he can to support both himself and his mother.

And grow he did. His size became an asset as he moved through the tribulations in life that sought to derail this hardnosed mustelid. It protected him and shielded his mother when others sought to take advantage. When Vaughan was in school, however, it made him a target, and Vaughan had trouble “leaving the streets at the steps.” Despite being a relatively bright child and diligent student, throughout his middle and early high school years he was expelled a number of times for various incidences of fighting and disturbances. It was one of many obstacles Vaughan had to overcome. Luckily, he did not have to defeat this one alone.

Like many poor children looking for something better in their life, sports became a way to feel closer to the dream of success, of escaping poverty, of seeing real results from hard earned skills even at a young age. Vaughan was a talented street baller throughout the borough, using his size, agility and tenacity to dominate the court whenever he stepped on it. It was this skill that would catch the eye of City South High School basketball coach, Heath Lamar (margay). In no small effort from the gruff cat, Vaughan got the support he needed to stay on track in school, off the streets and out of trouble. It was this change in his life that transformed him from skilled yet raucous teenager on the cracked pavements of the Bronx’s faded courts, to an absolute powerhouse on the brightly lit hardwood cathedrals.

Vaughan ended up graduating with honors, with more schools vying for his consideration than he could have ever dreamed. It overwhelmed the young otter who only a few short years ago wondered if he would even make it out of high school. While Coach Lamar gave glowing recommendations to many New York area universities, like Pack Territory, the mustelid eventually chose the storied institution nearly a thousand miles away, Alabama Mammalian University.

“It’s a school with no more secrets,” Vaughan was quoted in a response to his decision to leave New York in favor of the college with a checkered past. The cryptic statement was never clarified, though he went onto say, “AMU has been picking up a frightening amount of momentum in the last few years. I want to help them leap out of their Reconstruction Era into a strong and successful future. I have what they need. It’s the best fit.”

AMU couldn’t agree more. The mustelid made a big showing for the team’s homecoming alone, racking up 26 points, 4 blocks and 9 rebounds. He was an otter possessed when he was “working”, with large webbed hands that denied many opponents glory and covered nearly the entire rim when he sunk a basket. His rudder like tail was perfect for boxing out others contending for rebounds and his agility made him almost swim through both body and air, always ready to fight for rebounds, blocks and second chance baskets. AMU found a surge in success, his senior year being the best since AMU’s dismantling of the department. Analysts were confident he would declare for the FBA draft before he graduated, but Vaughan resisted, wanting to first make good on his promise.

As graduation drew near, Vaughan would face yet another bump in the road. Scandal would once again haunt AMU, though this time the source would be from their savior, Vaughan. Or more specifically his high school coach who had been credited so fervently with Vaughan’s transformation. The news Lamar was dismissed halfway through the season as allegations of sexual misconduct came as an absolute shock to everyone. Everyone, but the players. As the case continued to develop at the slow pace justice tends to creep at, the media made quick work to hound former students for answers, Vaughan being the biggest, juiciest target. The tight lipped mustelid refused to clarify what kind of knowledge he had in the situation, but certainly made his opinion of the matter known. There appeared to be no love lost between the former coach and the giant otter, condemning his actions outright. His quick and steadfast judgment of his once mentor has led many news outlets to speculate he knew more about what had been going on at City South High School.

The ordeal made Vaughan hyper critical of institutions abusing their authority. Against his publicist’s advice, he on more than one occasion made off the cuff remarks regarding staff and player relationships and front office abuse of power and trust. This mindset would put his reputation and chances to jockey for a favorable spot in the draft, despite being among the strongest contenders in the center position. While the initial flurry of the scandal has died down, Vaughan remains focused on his goals, despite some conjecturing he may become distracted as the saga surrounding his former coach unfolds in the courts and more evidence and victims come to light.

“Make no mistake;” Vaughan said during an interview, “The only thing I care about is the future and what I need to do now to get to where I want to be. My talent is hard earned and my drive is absolute. I’ve been through worse things in my life and have come out stronger than ever. No one is slowing me down.”

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:57 pm

TYRONE GALE
Owner: Kovtara
Horse
Swingfur (SG/SF)
6' 5"
212 lbs.
Right-Handed
Penticton, British Columbia
Appalachian Mammal College


Tyrone was very much into sports growing up, being athletic naturally. He played mostly Basketball and ran track up until he got to high school where he started getting more attention for his skills on the court. Towards the end of his senior year, he was regarded for not only being fairly "dashing" as far as his looks but also taking shoots that were very beautiful to see as well which netted him the moniker of "Duke Dashing" which certainly puts a smile on his face.

When he began to play ball in college, his attitude started to show itself as he saw himself as the star and "face" of his team, not allowing others to show off or steal his spotlight. This caused quite the divide in the locker room but no one really cared as it helped them win games so they just toughed it out until the season ended.

Coming into the draft with one national title victory and 2 January jamboree tournament victories but no MVP awards to speak of, Tyrone looks to assert himself and help his team win the FBA championship and show the world how being dashing is better than being an "uggo".

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:59 pm

WESLEY MADDER
Owner: JWolfman
Pug
Bigfur (C/PF)
7' 0"
258 lbs.
Left-Handed
Beavercreek, OH
Prairie Valley University


Wesley Madder had been bullied for various reasons while growing up: his last name, his shyness and lack of willingness to confront people, his not-so-pretty face due to canine-bred genetics. During the low emotional points of his life as a teenager, he turned to basketball to distract him from what he considered a harsh life in suburban Beavercreek, Ohio (he grew up in a middle-class family at a two-story home in a quiet, safe neighborhood). After his growth spurt made him a giant among his school peers, he became a Center for Beavercreek High School's basketball team, and his success there earned him an athletics scholarship for Prairie Valley University. Although he only started as Center for a minority of games in his five-year term at the college, coaches often regard him as a solid supporter from the bench. However even his friends were surprised when he decided to declare for the FBA Draft after his graduation.


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