2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 9:57 pm

HECTOR HART
Owner: Roger Wynne
Deer
Guard (SG/PG)
6' 8"
210 lbs.
Right-Handed
Oxford, MS
Lafayette University


Introduced at his college games as the Man with a Mouthful of Mississippi, Hector Hart was born and raised in Oxford and has never been more than a weekend away from Lafayette County, but he has big dreams. Since he was eight years old, he's been involved in Ballet, at first taught by his mother, and dance is still one of his strongest passions, but there's something about raw competition that really puts a fire in his belly and pushes him to be better, stronger, faster, and smarter. He's played baseball, football, soccer, and even martial arts, devouring any kind of sport he could shake an antler at through grade school and highschool, but with his impressive height, lean build, arm and hand-span, he's always had a talent for Basketball and the competative spirit to put it to use.
Off the court, Hart is a case study in contrasts. He's just graduated with a degree in Applied Mathematics, but he's been steeped in the arts in the Ballet world since he was eight; he loves to express himself, to paint, write, and read poetry, but NOTHING gets him fired up like staring down five men on the court. He's powerfully built but graceful, plays defensive as a style, but is used to solo performance off the court, loves exotic places, people, and food, but never leaves Mississippi if he can help it. While it may be hard for an outsider to pin down The Heart, Hector knows exactly who he is; good natured, charitable, passionate... and comfortable in tights.

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Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 9:59 pm

HELEN PRESCOTT
Owner: JWolfman
Lynx
Guard (PG)
5' 6"
117 lbs.
Left-Handed
Boise, ID
New Mexico Predatorial & Technical


Helen started playing the sport due to the influence of her father whom was the head coach for Boise FurTech's basketball team. Although her height gave her a disadvantage against her peers during pick-up outdoor games and in high school, she toned her skill to become faster than most of the players in any game she played in Boise, and her handling and passing were sharp and on-point. Her father wanted her to enroll in Boise FurTech, but Helen felt the college was simply too small for her, and she wanted to escape from the clutches from her rather restrictive and controlling family, so she chose to move out of state to New Mexico where she attended New Mexico Predatorial & Technical with an athletic scholarship. Although she has ambitions to be a starter for her team, she was often regulated to a bench role in college. She didn't let that deter her however, and she worked hard, often practicing ball handling drills late into the night. Her work paid off in her senior year when she became the team's starting PG.

Her skillset on the court is mainly on ball handling and a slasher type offense, but would rather pass the ball than shoot. While her shooting is average at best, she has great court awareness, making passes to any open player she can find to foil the defense.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:04 pm

JARED SUNDERMAN
Owner: Gustavo/Fraddas
Axolotl
Swingfur (SG/SF)
6' 5"
195 lbs.
Right-Handed
Galveston, TX
Florida Everglade


Slippery. That’s how some would describe Jared Sunderman, and not just because he’s an amphibian. Nobody could claim that the Axolotl ever had it easy. Being one of the few amphibians looking to get into professional basketball, the journey towards the FBA draft has been a challenge for Jared. Without fur, feathers or scales to protect him, the specter of specism haunted Jared. Sometimes it was subtle, and sometimes not, but Jared still encountered it, at school and in sports: Folks didn’t think a soft, slimy skinned amphibian belonged. However, Jared had been taught to never let people look down at him for being an amphibian, and that was one lesson he’s taken to heart.

From early on during high school on the basketball court when people pushed him, Jared found ways to push back. Sometimes he’d get away with causing a foul, sometimes not, it didn’t really matter to Jared. He wanted to show everyone what he and other amphibians were capable of, and if that meant having to play dirty or ‘slippery’ sometimes, then that was what Jared was willing to do.

Jared caused some controversy during a championship game, when the rival team's coach accused Jared of 'sliming' up the court to trip up the team's players, Jared nearly got into a physical altercation with the coach and got ejected from game.

Despite the controversy, the whispers and the rumors, Jared has proven himself a versatile swingfur, willing to get the job done for the team. And after playing though highschool and at Florida Everglade, he was ready to show the FBA.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:06 pm

JASPER LEBEAU
Owner: Seito Akai
Hare
Guard (SG)
5' 7"
125 lbs.
Right-Handed
Portland, OR
Lapine State University


Jasper LeBeau was born in Portland, Oregon, one of five children. His father, a second generation immigrant from France, does upholstery work for aircraft for a living while his mother, originally from Wisconsin, works at a bank. Jasper had never been much interested in working with his hands, and found financial work to be a drag. He dreamed of working in the music business, of traveling around the world and finding adventure, and of living a high class lifestyle.
His daydreaming caused his grades to suffer initially, bringing a great deal of disapproval from his parents. He often escaped their criticisms by spending much of the afternoon and evenings with his friends in a local park, playing various sports. While he gravitated towards soccer at first, a sport where his speed and agility made up for his short stature, but the local field was dominated by predator species, and he frequently faced intimidation from some of the other players, to which he responded with an aggressiveness that led to a number of fights on and off the field. A couple of close friends persuaded him to try out basketball at an outdoor court in another part of the park, where the predatory cliques weren't so bothersome. After getting used to the idea of dribbling and passing a ball rather than kicking it, he caught on quickly enough, and grew to enjoy the energy and teamwork in the game, even if his somewhat aggressive nature needed to toned down a little.
Though he was short and light enough to be in danger of being blown away by a stiff breeze, he had the legs that are typical of a hare, and was excellent at running and jumping. He eventually got involved in the basketball team at his Powellhurst High School and built up a reputation that made his parents proud. With a bit of encouragement in the right directions, he improved on his test scores as well, and eventually graduated with a GPA high enough that he qualified for an athletic scholarship in Lapine State University.
His primary course of study is musical theory, with a particular interest in pianos, harpsichords, and synthesizers, but basketball has been an ever growing passion for him, and as part of his college team he has toured the country and gotten a taste of the sort of lifestyle that he's long desired.
He still has an ongoing interest in music, with a particular focus in avant garde styles that tie into performance art displays that he'll coordinate with the college's theater department, employing colorful costumes and provocative performances. He turned some heads in his Senior year when he utilized members of his team to put on a "promotional" performance where they played basketball in a black-lit court while dressed in fluorescent costumes and paint. And there were smoke machines, lasers, synthesized music, and people dressed as robots. The art department raved about it while his team's coach was at a loss for words, besides a string of expletives.
Off court he likes to dress sharply, in suits and ties, generally avoiding the sweats and sneakers look (though he tends to go bare-pawed, regardless). He tends to have a distain towards popular music and the overall "street" culture that seems to pervade professional basketball that in turn leads to some friction with his teammates, who sometimes see him as a snob.
His dreams now are to make it big in professional sports and to use that money and fame to advance his career in the arts.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:09 pm

JAYSON OWENS
Owner: MadWorld
Spotted Skunk
Forward (PF)
6' 10"
235 lbs.
Right-Handed
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Tech U


What makes Jayson Owens, a rather intrepid young skunk from the Southern states of America, a great basketball player? Tenacity.
Jayson was born in the South. He was raised as a Christian child in a mustelid-dominant urban area of Atlanta, Georgia; instilled in Owens are hollow but unchanging family values. He and his three sisters and one brother moved to Charleston, South Carolina briefly during his middle and high-school years, but moved back to downtown Atlanta in the late 2000’s. Nobody would have spent more than a few seconds talking about the skunk and his game until Owens went “viral” (locally, at least.) He blocked a shot that would have tied the game for the opponent, and it tipped into the hands of his teammate, who then threw the ball up and scored a half-court buzzer-beater. Although his part was minor, it put Owens’ name on the map. You may occasionally come across this particular clip in a “best high school buzzer beaters” highlight reel via EweTube.

Before that moment, Owens was a simple admirer of the sport of basketball. His above-average height lent him well to the game. He became a fanatic for the Huntsville Mayors of the 1990s (the local favorite at the time,) so it was easy for him to get hooked to the sport, with championship after championship coming their way. The energetic skunk found comfort on the court; he’d rather be there than cooped up in the home with his sisters and depression-bound mother. He found other mustelids – other skunks, even – who shared his interests and made street basketball feel just as important as the guys and gals he saw on television.

As a young fur, there wasn’t a plan to become an FBA player – just an admiration for the sport. The first break came when, at 12 years old, he was courted to join a private school to play basketball after having moved to South Carolina. Three years later, when he moved back to Georgia, Owens was shipped to a suburban high school just so he could partake in one of the best teams in the city. One viral video later, he was signing on to Atlanta Tech for his collegiate career.

Being on a local university team fueled his passion for success, but Owens had some challenges with remaining “clean” off the court. Sports and off-campus interests clashed with his education, but disregarding his sworn duty to perform on the court gained him respect. It was a topsy-turvy first three years for Owens, but he was still looked at as a good performer for the team.

Although he couldn’t claim much to his name (at least, not without faking it... Those diamond earrings? FAKE!), he had a beautiful girlfriend named Saleesha, who was his support through most of his college years. Then, rather suddenly, she was not seen publicly with Owens at all during his Senior season. Ironically, this was his best year, gameplay-wise. In his 34 games played in the 2015-16 season, Owens averaged around 7.5 PPG, but with a brilliant 4.9 RPG, and about 1.8 blocks per game, he led Atlanta Tech to the forefront of college basketball teams in his region.

This has been enough to catch the eyes of the scouters for the 2016 FBA Draft, who were the first to use the word “tenacity” to describe Owens’ willpower – something that was lacking prior to his final year in college, but that has only made him an even more viable candidate for the FBA.

Personality

Jayson’s personality is built on make-believes and idealism – as there’s not much else going on back home. He carries a materialistic attitude – a good life means a great car with good beats, great jewelry, a big house, and a great wife. It would be common to see Jayson jogging around the neighborhood with his Bleats headphones, or slow-cruising with his crew down the boulevard. Don’t anticipate a unique individual in Jayson, but rather a young-minded soul who wants to look good and be the strongest-possible male athlete he can be.

Owens definitely has been popularized by his good looks. Never one to sit aside from the spotlight, he’s got to have that shiny car and “dat ice” – whatever that means.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:14 pm

JEDRICK CHRISTODOULOPOULOS
Owner: Stevie Maxwell
Striped Skunk
Guard (PG/SG)
5' 11"
175 lbs.
Left-Handed
Berwyn, IL
Chicago Bay


The Christodoulopoulos family has always been competitors, whether in board games or video games or (and especially in Jed's case) athletic sports. His heritage does lend itself to loud and booming arguments over close calls or accusations of bias and cheating, but at the end of the day Jed and his kin are all smiles and hugs with each other. This attitude from home carried easily over into Jed's basketball life, where he found his calling through consistent shooting from beyond the arc.

All throughout his high school and later college career he would grow even bolder with his attempts, pushing himself further and further away from the line and deeper into the woods... and still hitting more than a quarter of his shots in game situations. Another thing that grew along with his confidence in the longball was his natural body odor, and being a skunk made it even more apparent the longer he played on the court. But no matter whether he won or lost, he still would congratulate his opponents on great performances before hitting the locker room where teammates would always yell out "JFC!" (since his middle name is Ferris) when their noses would be assaulted by his presence.

While he had the option to pursue other careers after his college graduation, he chose to follow in his teammate's paws and take a shot in the FBA Draft, hoping for a well-paying contract that could help support his family... with more games.
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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:17 pm

JEREMIAH ASENTA
Owner: JWolfman
Armadillo
Guard (PG)
5' 10"
156 lbs.
Right-Handed
Lorain, OH
Underwood College


Jeremiah's future outlook for most of his childhood was mostly bleak. After his father lost his job of 30 years when a steel mill closed down, Jeremiah watched him deteriorate mentally and physically into depression. After his father took his own life when Jeremiah was 13, he struggled in poverty with four siblings while his mother worked three jobs just to put food on the table and live with a roof under their heads. Although two of his siblings turned to crime, lured into the gang life, Jeremiah turned to street basketball, and the armadillo became a huge fan of the Lorain Firestorm, the local FBA team, and one of their star players, Bill Bent, became his basketball idol.

Wanting to escape poverty and be a better provider for his mother and siblings, Jeremiah studied hard in school and joined the high school basketball team as a guard, emulating his idol's playing style. By his senior year, he accepted an athletic scholarship for Underwood College, and spent three years there from the bench, occasionally starting a few games to fill in injured players. When he declared for the 2016 FBA Draft, it was regarded as a surprise for many, and few felt he has the visibility to be drafted. Still, Jeremiah has high hopes and wants basketball to be the 'ticket' to bring his family out of poverty.
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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:20 pm

JESS NGUYEN
Owner: Nasuella
Javan Rhino
Forward (SF)
6' 6"
240 lbs.
Right-Handed
Newcastle, Australia
Bluegum College


Jessica Nguyen (pronunciation closest to "nwen") hails from the Australian city of Newcastle, slightly north of Sydney but still on the east coast. She is descended from Vietnamese refugees who came to Australia after the end of the Vietnam War. Despite this, she does not consider herself Asian-Australian or anything of the like; in her mind, she's just an Aussie.

She and her brother Alex had a reasonably comfortable middle-class upbringing, owing to her family being financially well-off enough for it. In some ways, Jess's background isn't too unusual for an athlete: she became interested in sports at a young age, kept playing past the point where a number of her peers (including her brother) lost interest, and showed herself to be good at it. Where it gets interesting is that she did not start with basketball; rather, she began playing the considerably more brutal game of Australian rules football... and also netball, similar to basketball but not quite the same.

The change to basketball happened early in Jess's high school years, at the age of 13 (high school's different in Australia). Jess couldn't get onto the school's "footy" (Aussie rules football) team, but she did get onto the netball team, only to be pulled out several months later. This was due to complaints from her teammates' parents: the influence from playing "footy" had led to Jess bringing a rough and physical style to the netball floor, and netball, among other differences to basketball, is not a contact sport. At the time, Jess had temper issues, and blamed the parents for being "overprotective" of their "f***ing princesses" and "being all, 'eww, footy germs, my daughter might get the wrong idea'" (her words). Not long after, Jess was moved to a different school after said temper issues led to her mouthing off to the principal in a rather vulgar manner.

This new school had a basketball team, albeit one dominated by predators, but Jess managed to fit in nonetheless. That same "footy" influence that had gotten her thrown out of one team led to her developing a brutal, physical, aggressively defensive style. While she had to tame her temper issues to avoid being thrown out again, she was able to do so, and by the time she graduated from school in 2014, Jess had become a player that people did not look forward to playing against.

A sports scholarship sent Jess to Blue Gum College's west Sydney campus, where she tried to balance her studies with playing for the college's team. Unfortunately for her, she did better with the latter than the former; while she remained the formidable defensive force that she'd been for the past few years, over time she started missing assignment deadlines and eventually seemed to just give up on studies altogether. Only recently did it come to light that this was due to drama within her family; her brother Alex had entered into an abusive relationship some years prior, and when he tried to leave his girlfriend, said girlfriend retaliated by lashing out and trying to hurt his parents and Jess, and by extension him.

Things came to a head when Jess started getting threatening messages. On reflection, Jess suspects that the abusive woman was trying to provoke her into attacking her - so instead Jess went to the police. As of mid-2016, Alex's now ex-girlfriend is now serving time and has a restraining order on her.

The emotional toll of all this, however, led to Jess deciding to give up on getting a degree or even a diploma. So she submitted her name into the Australian FBL's draft class - only to withdraw it suddenly a month later and declare for the FBA draft instead. The reason for this was politically motivated: as of mid-2016, the Australian government had still failed to reach a decision on whether to okay gay marriage or not. Jess is a proud lesbian, and has always believed that actions speak louder than words.

In terms of play-style, Jess continues to bring an aggressively defensive and physical presence to the floor. While unusually specialised for a pure small forward, and her offensive ability has suffered as a result (for the most part she seems to need to be close to the basket to be able to score at all), she does defense well, being athletic, strong, bulky and seemingly fearless. She's prone to foul trouble, however, and as she admits herself, this is partly due to old habits which probably won't be going away anytime soon. (Best stats: blocks and rebounds. Worst stats: 3 pointers.)

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Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:25 pm

JONA VASTENHOUT
Owner: Randall Ranger
Beech Marten
Guard (PG/SG)
6' 3"
214 lbs.
Left-Handed
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Boston Interspecies University


Jona Vastenhout sat on the bench outside the university and looked out at the sky while the headphones blared electronic trance music into his ear. Summer had just begun which meant only one thing to the beech marten; he is going to declare himself into the FBA and be the best he can be at the sport.

Jona (Yona) started life right outside of Rotterdam in the Netherlands being the third child in the family having an older brother of four years and an older sister of three years. By the time he turned three he picked up a ball and never let go of it; throwing it and kicking it at every moment. His parents figured he would make a good world football player in the future and helped ease Jona along with his ball handling skills when he wasn't doing any schoolwork.

As the years progressed for the young beech marten, he continued to gain his footwork by playing football with other school kids as well as the neighbor kids yet something felt missing from the back of his mind. While he enjoyed the sport, he wanted to make good use of his hands as well. The goalie position seemed like a good idea but that would limit the use of his legs as he also liked to run and catch people off-guard with his legwork.

The moment came at nine years of age when the family got together to watch the Olympic events. While the world football events took most of the airing time, there were some days when the main television showed other sports. And that's when Jona has his first experience with basketball. The number of countries that he watched over the next few days gave him inspiration; a sport where he can move like the wind and at the same time make good use of his hands. What sealed the deal for the boy was when he watched the United States play. They seemed to be on a whole different level from the other countries as they dominated the court with their elusive ball handling and quick footwork.

This was it; Jona had found his calling. He quickly showed his parents the sport on the television knowing that they would be supportive of what he wanted to do. And they did even though they were a bit disappointed about him not venturing on into world football. The studies started with the players from the United States; which ended up showing most of them were part of the Furry Basketball Association. "That's where I want to be", Jona said out loud. Reading up on positions, studying on the play moves, and watching various FBA videos were all part of the beech marten's road to being not only a successful basketball player but also the best he can be. And that would be the start of his new life.

His attribution to be the best didn't stay within basketball; it also showed in school as well as in social activities. Every subject he attended he exceled in; which included being fluent in three different languages - Dutch, English, and French. The social activities with his friends include skipping rocks across the lake the fastest, marathon running, and even popping wheelies on the bike the longest; the latter giving him a few scrapes and bruises when it didn't go well. All in all, anyone that met Jona would tell you that he tries harder than anyone else in the neighborhood.

Jona's relationship with the family is as good as it can get. His father worked at the port while his mother stayed at home and tended with the kids. While he got along with his sister, Steffi, he was best friends with his brother, Wesley. When his parents did help him out into achieving his dream, Wes was there with him from schoolwork to basketball skill and everything in between. They were nearly inseparable even thought they were three years apart. At twelve years of age, Jona promised his brother that he would make it to the FBA and then he would bring the whole family over to America so that they would see his first game in person.

A big factor of his life would be music. When Jona entered a rave club with his brother at sixteen one night, he became instantly hooked to the scene. The music, the lights, and the people actively dancing drew the beech marten into the dance floor and he blended into the crowd thanks to his practice of basketball and world football. Although he enjoyed going to raves and dancing, he didn't go there much. Instead he focused on the music and brought albums of artists he liked, ending up with an eclectic collection.
At the same year, he finally made his way into the Rotterdam basketball league and started to make a name for himself there. While his shooting still needed work, his passing and running ability helped out the team in more ways than one. Everyone that played him said he is very quick and that the ball would disappear from their eyes when they least expect it. Jona improved with each year until he graduated from school. At that point he needed a way to get to America so that he can start his FBA career. That came from a coach's phone call to an agent.

A week later Melissa Ware entered the Vastenhout household and interviewed Jona; which lead the two back into America and placing him in a University in Boston. She wanted to make sure that he enrolled and did two years of study while playing for the team; in which he accepted. He was unknown in Boston Interspecies University until he started playing basketball for the team. News spread quickly about Jona's playstyle; calling him the next Point Guard superstar for the FBA and everyone would be waiting for the announcement of him entering the FBA draft.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:28 pm

JONAS MCMILLAN
Owner: SC
Timber Wolf
Swingfur (SG/SF)
6' 7"
173 lbs.
Right-Handed
Santa Rosa, CA
PredTech of Northern California


Jonas 'Jonny' McMillan was born in Santa Rosa, California, to a struggling middle class family who simply couldn't keep up with their bills and ended up having to sell much of what they owned due to poor money handling. Growing up with increasingly little, and being around other kids his age who were able to have more and had no problem rubbing his face in it, was the source of much bitterness that drove Jonas to act out. He began skipping school, defying authority figures (in particular, his parents, whom he blamed for much of his frustrations), getting into fights, bullying, and even going so far as to commit petty theft in his eighth grade year, the lattermost offense being the one that sent him to Juvenile Hall. During his time at Juvie, Jonas met an officer named Norm Keller. Norm was a bear of a cop - literally and figuratively; he was a grizzly bear - who had seen too many kids ruin their lives because of their choice to commit crimes and had thus made it his mission to make sure Jonas wouldn't become another statistic. Keller turned Jonas on to basketball, often playing one-on-one with Jonas during his parole and whenever he was off-duty. Though it took some time to break through Jonas' resentfulness, especially after learning that his family had to sell the house in order to try and pay off lawyer fees, Officer Keller's efforts eventually began to take hold, and after finally coming to the realization that his family's life didn't have to be how he lived his own life, Jonas became incredibly invested in his schooling, graduating a month ahead of his class with honors. Jonas attributed much of his sudden drive to live a better life to Officer Keller playing basketball with him, and so all through his high school career, every day until he was run off from the court for the night, Jonas would play basketball against anybody who would accept the challenge; and when he was accepted into PredTech of Northern California, he immediately jumped at the chance to play college basketball. After initially starting on the bench due to a wholly average play style that didn't necessarily hurt the team, but also didn't really benefit them, Jonas finally got a chance at the court during a game against a rival school when one of the players, a shooting guard, went down with a bad injury and had to be taken out. Jonas was put in to cover for his fallen teammate, and calling on the memories of playing one-on-one with Officer Keller, he managed to score five times against the opposing team before the clock ran out and propelled his own team to victory. By sheer coincidence, it turned out that the shooting guard Jonas replaced had to be put in a cast, which effectively ended his college season early, allowing Jonas to continue to play, and subsequently win each game. As an added bonus, it became the norm for his team to end games with a wide gap in their favor between theirs and the opposing team's points. It was an easy decision to keep Jonas right where he was, one that was even supported by the outed player, whom Jonas had helped heal and become good friends with as a result of feeling guilty for succeeding on that player's failure. Jonas continued to win game after game for his school for the next three years, and as it happened, during one of his last games before he graduated, a recruiter for the FBA was in the crowd watching. After the game, Jonas was approached by the recruiter and informed that he had potential to go far in the FBA, and with very little convincing necessary, Jonas gladly declared himself for the draft.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:32 pm

JOSEPH YANUSH
Owner: Zaf
Bison
Forward (PF)
6' 11"
240 lbs.
Right-Handed
Antlers, OK
Wyoming Herd University


Joe "Chito" is a bison from Antlers, OK. He has a Choctaw heritage. He grew up playing stickball, a traditional native american game that involves throwing, catching, and carrying a small ball with sticks with a loop on the end to hold the ball. This involves incredible hand-eye coordination and athleticism. Chito loves to compete, and gets a feeling of pride and honor from being better than the competition. This led him to playing basketball during the colder months. He excelled at the game, with help from his shooting and aggressive play.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:34 pm

LADISLAO ALMEIDA
Owner: HerrWozzeck
Blue-winged Parrotlet
Guard (PG)
5' 6"
182 lbs.
Left-Handed
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Avian University of Hawai'i at M'noa


Many parrotlets in Brazil are expected to go into either smaller office jobs, or jobs in the entertainment industry of Brazil. Few consider breaking away from that, and even fewer consider athletics as a career due to the short stature of many parrotlets.

Ladislao Almeida is an anomaly in that rule: from the time that he was eight, Ladislao would spend an inordinate amount of time in one of Rio de Janeiro's street courts. His parents, at first exasperated by his interest in basketball, eventually gave in to Ladislao's love of the sport, and while they were financially unable to support their son they did what they could to encourage the youth to pursue it into his high school years. This was despite any kind of support from his peers, who considered Ladislao too small for the sport.

However, Ladislao persevered, in part due to his parents' encouragement, and in part due to his coach, a red macaw who saw the potential in the young Ladislao. He helped shape the boy into a formidable point guard, and through this guidance he eventually began to earn the respect of his peers. Eventually, he earned the admiration of his peers, being one of the best players on his team. This eventually earned him a scholarship to the Avian University of Hawai'i, which was a big honor for a parrotlet such as himself.

At M'noa, the parrotlet found himself faced with the same challenges, but remembering his coach's encouragement, he pushed forward. And now, he is ready to pursue his basketball career after completing a degree in urban planning. He only wonders if anyone in the FBA will think similarly of his height on the court.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:37 pm

LAERTES FOXWELL
Owner: Qovapryi
American Pit Bull Terrier
Guard (PG/SG)
6' 3"
215 lbs.
Right-Handed
Bothell, WA
Pensacola Predatorial & Mechanical


Laertes Foxwell was born on July 2, 1996 in Bothell, Washington to police officer Ares Foxwell and social worker Eileen Storm. He and his younger brothers Ares Jr. and Hector grew up in relative prosperity and began playing sports under the advice of their father, a decorated baseball little league coach in his free time. Laertes took up baseball upon turning six and rode his innate talent up through Minor League and Little League, quickly becoming the “star” of the Bothell LL team his father coached. The other parents frowned at what could easily be mistaken for parental favoritism, but it sure paid dividends as the team reached the Northwest Regional Championship in 2008, narrowly losing a spot into the Little League Furry World Series to the Oregon representative.

Mr Foxwell dreamed a future in the FLB for his firstborn, but he hadn’t come to terms yet with Laertes’ desire to measure himself with a more physical sport, a mean to channel his natural aggressiveness, exuberance and cockiness that had only become bigger and bigger by having been treated as a star ever since he’d picked up a baseball bat. Once puberty struck, the young bully was invited by his middle school friends to try out basketball, and it came as a surprise to no one that he was even better on the hardwood than people thought he was on the diamond. When it came the time for Laertes to enroll to high school and choose what sports would he play, his father tried to make sure he’d give up on basketball, an imposition that only added fuel to the fire to his son’s rebellious feelings. At 14 years of age, Laertes had already clear in his mind that he wanted not only to play basketball, but to become really good at it – and took no time in breaking his father’s feelings by deciding to focus on basketball alone.

During high school years, Laertes honed his basic skills and fundamentals, establishing many school records during his four-year tenure at Bothell High. The only thing his coaches had to reproach him was that he tended to not follow their instructions when he felt he could run a better play on his own – although the pit bull’s skills led him to the same result more often than not. With time, Laertes learned to rein in his egoism (mostly) and led the team to the win of a state championship during his senior year. After graduating from high school, he was recruited by Pensacola Predatorial & Mechanical – the Floridian college team looking for some fresh blood to further a successful legacy involving notable alums such as Tanya Feckle (Gerenuk, F) and Hank Sawyer (Virginia Opossum, G).

Laertes’ impact on Pensacola P&M was short but eventful. It took just a few weeks for the canine to make the starting line-up, and it took nobody by surprise when he became the team’s fulcrum player, even with such little experience. As a point guard, it was only fitting for the bully to possess good passing skills, but they got quickly overshadowed by his reputation as a slasher, exploiting his unrivaled athleticism and intensity to push the pace of the game and attack the basket. Laertes ended the season as the team’s top scorer, winning the “Freshman of the Year” award assigned by his conference.

A minor controversy that sparked during Laertes’ freshman year was spurred by whispers of him reportedly being part of a “canine pride” gang that gravitated around the Delta Omega Gamma (DOG) fraternity. Later in the year, there were several accounts of campus brawls between several groups of predators segregating themselves by species, and the Fang Brotherhood (the name with which the gang members had christened themselves) had been smack dab in the middle of it. Despite Laertes’ presence in the middle of those conflict being never proven, the pit bull never openly condemned the instigators of the violence, which prompted some furs to think he wasn’t completely scot free.

Those voice were mostly silenced when at the end of the season, in a move that surprised absolutely no one, Laertes decided to forego his remaining college eligibility and declare for the upcoming FBA Draft, hoping to make a big splash into the professional world of furry basketball and to grow up to be considered among the best players of his generation.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:40 pm

LANCE MCGWIRE
Owner: Gus Buss
Asiatic Lion
Forward (SF/PF)
6' 8"
231 lbs.
Right-Handed
Glasgow, UK
Greatlions University of Scotland


Lance wasn't always into the thought of being a professional basketball player. Yes, he did watch FBA on the television with his older brother and younger siblings in the small home they had in Glasgow, Scotland. He just didn't think he would a good or even decent player. Plus, he wanted to help his parents at their floral shop. This would eventually begin to change when he was in middle school.
While in his first year of Phys. Ed in middle school, Lance were playing basketball just for fun. The Physical Education teacher who also coached Basketball Mr. Dingers (Male, Irish Terrier) noticed how Lance would make interesting play calls before and during the 21 shooting game that worked pretty well. After the game, Mr. Dingers approached the young Lion and asked if he would be interested in trying out for the basketball team. After some and discussion with his family, Lance agreed to come to try-outs.
Lance arrived at try-outs along with his younger siblings since he always walks them home. While Coach Dingers talked to everyone, Lance was listening to him intently. He didn't want to miss anything Dingers wanted them to do. After Dingers spoke, he broke the potential players into two groups of 13. Lance being on the team with friend since preschool Alec (Male, Dingo).
During the try-outs, Lance show excellence in play-calling and shooting inside the arc. His defense was at par and he was slow on his feet. However, Dingers thought they could be worked on. The siblings were rooting on their brother as the games progress. After a couple days of try-outs, Lance found out he made the school's team.
Thru out middle school and early high school, Lance's opinion on playing basketball changed. At first, it was just to keep him exercising and get some muscle growth on the side. However, he began to have more fun for the game. He eventually began thinking maybe playing basketball could be a long-term thing. Whenever he got the chance, Lance would do drills with Coach Dingers and his older brother Silas.
While his interest for the sport increased, his friendship with Alec decreased. During his Junior year of high school when he was walking his little sister Moira home from a friend's house Alec was waiting at a bus stop with a couple friends of his. Alec wanted to confront Lance's sister for her beliefs, but Lance wouldn't let him. This results in a fight that left Lance seriously injured and the end of his and Alec's friendship.
Moira called the ambulance for help and Lance was rushed to the hospital. It took a week for Lance to leave the hospital but a little longer before he could play basketball again. Lance didn't give up and tried to exercise everyday and keep himself motivated to one day walk up the stairs on Draft Day. After a few weeks, Lance made a full recovery and to saw of his team-mates he bares scars of him opposing hate.
After graduating high school, Lance went on to attend Greatlions University of Scotland where instead of playing power forward like he did in middle school , he was placed as starting small forward. Lance proved that he was an superb play-caller and leader like he was in middle school. Everyone who saw Lance play saw potential in him playing in the FBA along with other great Small Forwards like Travis Buckner and Dylan Redfield. Lance knows he does have a lot to do to get ready for the Draft. However, he knows he is up to the challenge.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:42 pm

LEE BARAQUIN
Owner: Bluebane
Raccoon
Bigfur (C/PF)
7' 2"
280 lbs.
Right-Handed
Chicago, IL
Chicago Bay


Lee Baraquin was born in Metairie, Louisiana, the second of two children. His older sister, Antoinette “Toni” Baraquin is two years his senior, and instinctively took to the role of protective big sister from day one. Their mother, Lisette Baraquin, is the daughter of Haitian Creole immigrants, a heritage Lee proudly wears on his sleeve. Their father, Travis Morgan, was a contractor from Chicago who moved to Louisiana on a job, and ended up staying behind after the work was done. Though he and Lisette had been together for several years by the time Lee was born, they never married, and both children would end up taking their mother’s last name.
As a child, Lee was on the small side for his age. While this may have otherwise made him a target for bullies, the sheer number of cousins, aunts and uncles on his mother’s side of the family ensured that he always had an entourage of protectors. As a result, the young raccoon developed something of a Napoleon complex. This led to trouble, as Lee became something of a hell-raiser. Fortunately, Toni was usually able to step in and get her brother back in line and bail him out of even the worst situations. As time went on, Lee had grown into his frame a bit and calmed slightly, though he was still undisciplined enough that he struggled through school.
When he was ten, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina forced Lee, Toni and their parents to relocate to Chicago. There, Travis took a job with his family company and Lisette became a stay-at-home mom. The stresses of relocation began to take their toll on the family, however, and Lee and Toni, who had never known life outside of Metairie away from their family were hit particularly hard. Their mother became despondent over long days alone at home, and soon became prone to bouts of temper that flared into arguments with their father that shook the house with their intensity. Toni, who had always been more adaptive than her younger brother, found ways to distract herself from the growing turmoil at home, and turned to school sports. Lee, already a problem student, began to act out, tormenting his teachers, picking fights with kids twice his size, and pulling pranks that led to to property damage on more than one occasion. In two years, Lee was forced to change schools twice.
Two years after their move, Lee’s parents had their worst fight yet. For hours, both adults raged at each other, their shouting only interrupted by the occasional shattering of a dish being thrown or the scraping of chairs on the linoleum. Suddenly, everything went silent as Travis stormed out of the house. A day passed, then two, then a week, then more. Lisette was catatonic during this time, leaving Lee and Toni to care for each other.
When their mother finally came to, she was faced with the inevitable poverty that would come with the loss of Travis’ income, and took multiple jobs to make ends meet and provide for her children. Despite the pleas of her family back home in Metairie, a stubborn sense of pride kept Lisette firmly rooted in Chicago with her children. Realizing that she wouldn’t budge, her siblings began the tradition of bringing Lee and Toni back down to Louisiana for the summers. Slowly, both children began to heal, and Lee became calmer by degrees.
It was during the second of these visits that Toni introduced Lee to basketball. Almost immediately, a change came over the young raccoon. He took to the game like a fish to water. Toni had already been playing for over a year, but within a week, her younger brother was already playing at her level. Soon, Lee could be found shooting hoops in the backyard at all hours of the day, and sometimes he and Toni would sneak out in the middle of the night to play one-on-one in the park to avoid waking up the family. When the summer ended and the siblings returned home to their mother, Lee had grown a foot taller and mellowed out significantly.
Lee’s mother and sister made a deal with the young raccoon: if he continued to behave and work hard in school, he’d be allowed to try out for a team in high school, and Toni would help him practice. Over the following year before high school, Lee worked harder than ever before. His behavior and his grades improved. All of his free time was dedicated to basketball, and if he wasn’t playing a game with friends or shooting hoops with Toni, he could be found reading magazines or checking out FBA news online. When he learned of a particularly famous player to come from Chicago, Healey Davis, he had a new idol, and even though Healey no longer played for them, the Huntsville Mayors became his favorite team to watch.
When Lee entered high school the following year he joined the JV team, but because of his short stature he was put in the role of swingfur. He showed no particular talent for the position, and in practice, whenever his shortcomings came to light, he became frustrated to the point that his play became erratic. As a result, he spent more time on the bench than on the court. Discouraged after a less than stellar first year, Lee began to fear that his dreams were over before they began, and for a time he began to lose his love for the game.
The summer before his Sophomore year, Lee trained harder than he ever had before. While he could have been called obsessed before, now his training consumed every waking moment. If he wasn’t eating or sleeping, he was shooting hoops and doing drills. He was so focused that he did not even notice that he’d had a growth spurt and shot up to 6’3”. On his return to school, he re-joined the JV team as a center, and his performance improved so greatly, it was as if he was a completely different raccoon. His improved size allowed him to dominate the court with an unbreakable defense, and throwing up impenetrable screens. In his junior year, he moved to the varsity team, where his play style further evolved. Where he really stood out was in his ability with defensive rebounds and sinking field goals. He grew even taller by the start of his senior year and his performance had improved further, thanks to another summer spent practicing almost obsessively.
While his academic performance during high school was un-extraordinary, Lee’s performance on the court was exceptional, and after an impressive season culminating in an easy sweep of the state championships, Lee was courted by several schools with impressive basketball programs. He declined all out-of-state offers, and instead opted to stay close to home and attend Chicago Bay, where his sister was a junior. Finally, Lee and Toni played on the same team. For the next two years, both siblings were starters as center and point guard respectively, playing key roles in bringing their team to the championships both years, winning in 2014. It was during this year that Lee set the school record of 40 rebounds in a single game, a record which remains unbroken.
That summer, Lee and Toni took a road trip to New Orleans with several of their friends from the basketball team, where the raccoon’s unbridled love of the local seafood delicacies and seemingly bottomless stomach earned him the nickname “Crawdad”.
The next two years saw a further change in Lee’s play style. He had grown to his full height of 7’2”, and was a force to be reckoned with. However, when fouled, that old temper occasionally flared, and the resulting loss of composure made Lee something of a loose cannon on the court, which nearly ruined his 2014-2015 season. With a lot of practice (and some coaching from Toni, who had moved on to graduate school), he learned to channel that wild energy into a particularly aggressive style of play, which further cemented his college legacy. With his new-found focus, he played a key role in Bringing Chicago Bay to two more championships.
As Lee’s athletic performance was significantly stronger than his academics, he managed to graduate, but without any sort of honors. Lee knew, however, that his true calling was the FBA, something he’d known with such certainty that it was almost like an ache he had felt in his bones since the first time he had picked up a basketball.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:45 pm

LOGAN GREENE
Owner: Sky254
Grey Wolf
Guard (PG/SG)
6' 4"
198 lbs.
Right-Handed
Blacksburg, VA
Appalachian Mammal College


"When Logan was growing up in Virginia, he decided to become a star. Not the star the college basketball great is now....he actually wanted to play football....

Logan was originally an All-American high school football player in his sophomore year at Blacksburg. He also was a Junior-Varsity basketball player. His father was a former Ohio State football player, owning a bakery in urban Blacksburg. It was easy for him to follow his father's footsteps, considering it was normal and the town was always following the wolf in his youth football days. It wasn't until middle school when Logan started to play basketball. He never really played well against his peers and fouled people roughly. His parents would always encourage to try new things and try your best. So he practiced on the school hoop outside whenever he can, the game of basketball soon becoming a escape from the stress of school.

When he made the team in 7th grade, Logan, never have played organized basketball till now, greatly improved in all areas during that season and his parents saw potential in him to play basketball in high school.

Considering since he was playing football in the of the smallest conferences in the state, only low Division 2 and 3 teams offered him scholarships. The same for his basketball recruiting process.

It wasn't until his senior season that his basketball talent started to improve to good levels and impress college scouts, earning a All-State selection. Scouts didn't think he was able to make it to the college level, considering he only started his senior year. Logan was never invited to any camps to see if he can make it to the next level. Without any serious offers coming from either sports, he graduated without committing to an university.

Logan started working in his father's bakery that summer, attending all the open camps he could to get recruited. With college basketball season coming up, he attending one more camp before working full-time at the bakery. He easily exceled in his athletic tests, but struggling in the fundamental ones, especially dribbling. The Appalachian Mammal College was actually done recruiting for the year, but a scout stayed to see if any gems were available. That's when he found Logan Greene.

Within 3 weeks of interviews, workouts, and visiting the campus, AMC offered a full-ride scholarship to him, which he happily signed.

That fall, Logan earned himself a 6th man spot behind a star senior shooting guard. He decided to wear the number 30 in honor of his dad, who wore the same number playing for Ohio State. During his true freshman season, he averaged 11 pts, 4 rebs, and 5 asts per game, which earned him Big 12 Freshman of the Year. He greatly improved his dribbling to match his speed, and led the bench in points. Finishing 4th in the conference gave them a 11th seed heading to the Big Dance. They lost in the first round to 6th seed UConn, but it gave them hope to try to win a national championship, since it was their first appearance in three years.

Soon, Logan become the talk of the campus, getting interviews on Furballer and FSPN and earning endorsement deals, the most notable one being with Padz, making him wear a padded sleeve on his right arm and black compression pants under his shorts. He was a very popular kid, and was destined to become a top 24 pick if he entered the draft that year. Still, education and more exposure as a college player made him stay with AMC.


Logan was announced starter his sophomore year and AMC fans were very optimistic about the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, however, they got just the opposite. Like Vera La Tiérra's second season, the wolf played poorly, forcing the coach to replace him on the starting five in the middle of the season. He played slightly better, but 6 pts, 2 rebs, and 4 asts were not championship caliber stats. Appalachian earned a 8th place finish in the conference, earning an another FCAA tournament appearance by winning their First Four matchup. Another first round loss soon followed, losing to Big 12 rival West Virginia.

Despite heavy controversy, Logan was starting shooting guard for AMC his junior year. Their previous coach left the school for UFLA and a new coach was hired. Vince Mitchell, a stub coach from a division 2 team, was put in charge. During training camp, he would make Logan stay after practice and work on every aspect of the game. The wolf personally hated it. All the running, passing, shooting, dribbling, it was hard on him. Yet, this was one of the few coaches that Logan actually liked. He created a new gameplan centered around the fastbreak, which the wolf exceled at naturally due to his stamina and speed of a football player.

AMC went 30-3 behind Logan's sudden dominance, becoming Big 12 Regular Season Champions. With a dominant showing in winning the Big 12 Tournament Championship under Logan's 30 points. He averaged 26 pts, 7 rebs, and 9 asts during the season, which was compared to the college seasons of FBA players like Nina Lime and Travis Buckner. He earned Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, along with several other conference awards and he finished a close third in College Player of the Year voting. AMC earned a 2nd seed in the East Region of the FCAA Tournament. With 30 point games from the wolf, they cruise to the Elite Eight, facing 1st seed West Virginia . It was dubbed ""The Rivalry Game"". Logan scored 34 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists to earn his first career triple double. He also decided the game with a game-winning three point shot of the inbound, to end it 74-75 in overtime. The crowd went crazy, filling the court within seconds as Logan lifted the East Region Champioship. Even though they lost in the Final Four to a great Pack Territory University team, it was the school's first appearance in the Final Four and it cemented Logan as a college basketball great.

After that amazing season and an even better postseason, Logan shocked AMC by annoucing for the 2016 FBA Draft. Even though college sports analysts and the media saw it coming, it was still fairly surprising to the AMC fans, knowing they're going to have to cope without him.

Bringing his skills to the FBA was a personal choice, his father was having trouble with the bakery and might close it soon. His mother doesn't make enough money as a manager of a clothing store to make sure they're living comfortably. After a long talk, they decided it was best to declare for the draft and try to get that two year rookie contract. FBA fans and GMs alike are hoping to see the Virginian native play on a FBA court soon.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:47 pm

MARK GERENA JR.
Owner: MartineauQC
Greenland Shark
Forward (PF)
7' 2"
325 lbs.
Right-Handed
Sachs Harbour, Northwestern Territories
Heritage River Riparian College


Early life
Mark Gerena Jr., son of oil rig foreman Mark Gerena Sr, was borned in the settlement of Sachs Harbour, way up North in the Northwest Territories province of Canada. At a young age, the young shark had to cope with the harsh climate and isolated environment as the community had to help each other in order to sustain a decent living. Mark started to learn trapping and hunting while following his father on his trips across Banks island and also was adept in ice fishing, sometimes diving in the frozen Beaufort sea himself to collect fish. All that hard work soon paid off. As when he got older, Mark become quite a strong and capable young man, which has given him the nickname “Amaqjuaq” (meaning “the strong one” ) by friends and families, due to the Inuit heritage in the region. Mark was known to be a very down to earth fellow, not requesting much from people but always happy to lend hand when he was needed and a gentle giant.

Education and interest in basketball
Due to being so far away from major cities in the country, education was hard to come by. Although Mark was enjoying his life living from the sea and earth , He always wished to do more for his community and make his father proud. So he soon begun to go the community school the settlement had to earn a high school degree hoping he could do well enough to get to a college. He also started to learn about the joys of sports, as they where introduced to many of them, such like lacrosse, hockey and practicing soccer indoors. But one sport seemed to ignite a particular interest to him, which was basketball. Being naturally really strong from years of hard work with his father, he was pretty hard to out muscle on the court. When he was on defense, no one could ever pass through him and when he post up against someone, it didn’t take long for that person to fall on his butt. Mark received many praises which he really appreciated. The more he trained and played, the more the shark thought maybe his skill will allow him to do more for his future, but also pay back his community and give them something to cheer and be proud about. Then,tutored by the one of the two teachers that ran the community school, Mister Darius Queenton, he worked hard on his studies, while keeping his outdoors activities and take some time to train his basketball skills. Paying from his own pocket, Queenton took Mark his fellow students in several little school tournaments in The Northwest Territories and also Alaska.
While on a school trip to Yellowknife, Mark had the chance to visit an orientation convention where several Canadian colleges where there to present their programs. One of the places that seemed to interest Mark was Heritage River Riparian College, famous for emerging Athletes such as Wesley Lachs and Ahti Nereus, both then stars of the basketball team. But alas, with his background and the fees surrounding the enrollment, Mark wasn’t sure he be able to go there and left it at that. Not discouraged, Mister Queenton spoke with his parents which in turn mobilized the community in gathering funds for Mark enrollment to Heritage River, as Mr Queenton wrote an heartfelt recommendation letter in order to help him. And low and behold, all their effort was rewarded as Mark received a Heritage River representative at his home to tell the good news; he was accepted.

College career in Heritage River
As Mark enrolled into college for a degree in wildlife and forestry conservation to become a Conservation officer back home, also begun his college basketball career. Mark had the opportunity to join in 2014, the year of the basketball team second of their two consecutive CFIS National championship wins. Of course with Nereus and Lachs leading the way, Gerena Jr didn’t had quite a lot of time of the court, but manage to learn a lot from training along both of them. He managed to have better dribbling and work on his stamina and speed, since Greenland shark are known to be slow by nature. But it was undeniable that Mark was a force to be reckoned with down in the kennel. As his post offense and defense was impressive. As the 2013-2014 college season came to a close, He managed decent inside scoring and rebound numbers for about 6.0 Min per games. When 2015 came, with Lachs and Nereus gone, Mark had more minutes to play with, as he became a steady bench player. The 2014-2015 season didn’t end with a 3peat however, as they got eliminated in the Quarter finals by eventual winner AUH and finished 7th in the tournament. Not everything was bad, As Mark soon become a rising prospect as Power Forward in the western conference, and was poised to a starting job come the 2015-2016 CFIS season.
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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:49 pm

MARSHALL ANDERSON-RHODES
Owner: JTigerclaw
Clouded Leopard
Forward (PF/SF)
6' 11"
220 lbs.
Right-Handed
Philadelphia, PA
Anthro Academy of Pittsburgh


Marshall Anderson-Rhodes was born on May 1, 1994 in Philadelphia, PA. While being bred and raised in the blue-collar city of Philly helped show young Marshall what it meant to have a strong work ethic, the tall, skinny cub never really needed to experience it firsthand. His father was a wealthy lawyer and stock market enthusiast. His mother was an experienced dentist's assistant. And Marshall spent most of his childhood growing up in the high-end suburban neighborhood of Queen Village in Southern Philadelphia, able to afford most of the luxuries and privileges that are of great benefit to up-and-coming young athletes (as well as a few not-so-beneficial luxuries).

A thrillseeker to the core and fearless from the time he could crawl, Marshall endulged in many extreme activities growing up and throughout his teen years. Whereas most kids were too wrapped up in video games and the internet, the daredevil leopard was into a mixed bag of extreme sports and activities, including skateboarding, BMX, parkour, martial arts, gymnastics, rockclimbing, paragliding and even skydiving. Basically anything that presented itself as a physical challenge requiring speed, strength, dexterity, endurance and skill, he was into it. He had achieved a junior black belt in karate at the age of 14, gone skydiving 20 times by the age of 15, and not only climbed to the top of Philadelphia City Hall without gear at the age of 16 (and boy did he hear it from his father afterwards) but also retested and earned his adult black belt in karate that same year.

An extremely competitive fur, Marshall always enjoyed pushing his body to the limits and trying to succeed at everything he did. At the age of 12, this pursuit of athletic excellence led him to basketball. Seeing that his friends enjoyed playing the game on weekends and after classes, Marshall asked his father to hire him a personal trainer to teach him the finer aspect of the sport. His father, always the supportive kind, agreed. And pretty soon his school buddies stopped playing with him, complaining that he was just too big, too strong, and too good.

Not surprisingly, Marshall fell in love with the game and opted to continue his private training, even while starring at center for his high school varsity team. After being named a High School All-American and one of the Top 50 high school ballers in the country, he accepted a scholarship to go across the state and play for Anthro Academy of Pittsburgh.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:51 pm

MIKA MISHIMA
Owner: Raqox/Drakken
Tanuki
Bigfur (PF/C)
6' 10"
215 lbs.
Left-Handed
Taichung, Chinese-Taipei
Chao Academy


Mika Mishima was born in Taichung, Chinese-Taipei, and is of Japanese-Taiwanese descent. His parents were both renowned figure skaters, and traveled often. Because of this, Mika was raised primarily at an elite Cambridge boarding school.

Spending most of his young life in England, he was given the opportunity to learn English and, despite being of Asian background, he speaks with a British accent. While he was easily able to make friends because of his chipper and bright personality, he still found himself up at nights sometimes wondering about his parents and missing them. To try and make better use of his time, do something that may make them proud when they came back, he decided to try the various sports offered at the school. It was soccer and basketball in which he found a stronger calling than others. His speed, agility, and finesse made him a success at both soccer and basketball and after playing throughout his time there, he was eventually scouted by the elite Chao Academy, where he was awarded a full basketball scholarship. Basketball in the end was where he found the most enjoyment and seemed to have his heart more fully invested in.

It was right at this time that his parents, who were excited at the news, finally decided to take it easy and slow down to support their son in his efforts. After the decision, Mika and his parents moved back to Taichung where he would continue to strive to be someone his parents could fully say they were proud of. It was his intent to be as renowned in his sport of choice just as they were.

Once he started playing in the Asian League, Mika's once fun and game's attitude changed to that of a more serious and mature one. While it goes to say he was already more mature than others in his age group, realizing that being a pro basketball player was his goal, he decided to shift focus fully on being the best player he could possibly be.

Now, with his parents urging, it seemed time he went from being an Asian league star to an actual professional FBA star. Mika always loves new challenges, especially those he knows he can overcome with determination and hardwork.

It's now in the FBA where he's set his heart and dreams.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:55 pm

MILA PISAROVIĆ
Owner: HeadQuarters (Harlow + Qovapryi)
Genet
Swingfur (SF/PG)
6' 5"
174 lbs.
Left-Handed
Ljubljana, Slovenia
No School


Mila Pisarović was born on March 2, 1994 in Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia, less than three years after the small mountainous country gained independence from SFR Yugoslavia. She grew up with her parents and younger brother Andrija (him too a promising basketball talent). Her upbringing was humble: both parents worked at an olive tree farm in Koper, near the Croatian border. Still, living in Slovenia, the Pisarović family was mostly spared from the Yugoslav ethnic wars that struck between Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo during the last decade of the 20th century.

Both Pisarović brothers took basketball at an early age, benefitting from their tremendous height that made them naturals at the sport. They played the sport locally throughout their youth (albeit to an amateur level), until Mila decided to turn professional with a Slovenian 2nd division team at the age of seventeen. It didn’t take long for her to be noticed by the national champions of KK Ljubljana, who had just launched young talent Nebojša Elkasević (Mongoose, G/F) to national success and were looking for a dependable backup to the mongoose should he decide to move to a stronger European side.

In the end, Elkasević’s move never came and him and Mila became a national powerhouse on Ljubljana’s starting roster, the mongoose moving in what would later become his favored position of shooting guard to accommodate the genet at small forward. After leading Ljubljana to three straight national championships between 2012 and 2014, the star duo parted ways: Elkasević declared to the FBA draft, and built a decent career overseas after the Tallahassee Typhoons picked him up from the undrafted players’ pool; Pisarović moved to Spain in order to try out with the FBC Barcelona of the EFBL, who had expressed interest in the young genet after her commanding performances in the Slovenian league despite her barely being out of teen years.

It’s safe to say that Mila made an impression on a team who was largely devoid of attractive women, and as such it was no surprise that her striking looks (platinum blonde hair, light slate eyes and spotty grey “beach” body) earned her the attention of the Spanish fans, but especially caught the eye of star center and Romanian import, babirusa Cătălin Zavidia. Even if many would describe him as “uglier and nastier than a head-on car crash”, Zavidia’s skill was nigh unparalleled, being one of the highest paid stars in the entire EFBL as of Pisarović’s beginnings. Despite his rather unattractive facial features, the babirusa was a known womanizer due to a combination of his sculpted body, the loads of cash he earned and a headstrong personality that didn’t really take “no” for an answer. Using his leverage with the Catalan team’s management, Zavidia was able to ensure Mila’s stay would be extended beyond the 1-year contract she was initially offered - barely months into her first season in the EFBL when she hadn’t quite proven yet all of her value, much to the skepticism and scrutiny of teammates and media alike.

In early 2015, the romantic connection between Zavidia and Pisarović became of public knowledge. It was around that timeframe that insiders began theorizing this was the reason she had an extension on her one-year contract, mainly because how unlikely the “Beauty and the Beast” pairing - the babirusa being 7 years her senior - looked at, but especially at how much Zavidia was earning and the power he supposedly held on Barcelona’s GM - earning her somewhat of a “gold digger/ sugar baby” infamy. Other members of the press defended her, citing the talk about the unlikely couple as influenced by some good old sexism among the Spanish press. Nevertheless, the true nature of their relationship, even if ambiguous and red-flag-raising it was at Zavidia’s excessively “possessive” talk, was confirmed.

A convincing performance during the 2015 World Jam tournament with the Slovenian team against the stronger side of Argentina (which Stefan Kiković (Porcupine, C), Elkasević and Pisarović forced to overtime) sparked in Mila the interest of going beyond the borders of European basketball. However, the submission period for the 2015 draft had closed already, and that left no choice to her except returning to Barcelona for another season.

During the 2015-16 campaign, Mila was mostly benched behind experienced American journeyfur Malcolm Rivers (Grey Seal, F), but started posting good numbers as a sixth fur - making her name pop up in several “best under-23 European talent” charts. The genet gradually gained more and more attention as the months passed, both in her native Slovenia and around Europe. Eventually, though, Barcelona’s EFBL campaign ended with a disappointing first round ouster, with historic rivals of Real Madrid CBF taking the title. With insiders talking about a full re-haul of the team’s line-up, Mila’s decision to live her American dream couldn’t come sooner.

Declaring to the 2016 FBA Draft was a decision lauded in her home country, yet it came at a high price. Mila’s boyfriend, one of the very few players guaranteed to keep playing in Barcelona, strongly opposed her move on the basis that she “had her life resolved with him” and that he “invested too much (economically speaking as well) in her for her to just scurry away at a pipedream and kick him to the curb”. However, the genet maintained that at the level she was playing at just 22, it made total sense for her to hone her skills in the best playground she could get. A week (and a rumored ugly split) later, she’s up for the challenge to fulfill her dream. As Zavidia said “she’s on her own now” - although whether he can move on for good from his two-year girlfriend remains to be seen. “I’ll wait for her back in Spain when she fails to make something out of herself and she learns a thing or two about how things actually are.”

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 10:58 pm

NATALIE BELLEMARE
Owner: MartineauQC
Atlantic Puffin
Bigfur (C/PF)
7' 0"
225 lbs.
Right-Handed
Percé, Quebec
Université Canadienne de la Faune de Montréal


Early life
Nathalie was born in the beautiful touristic village of Percé, province of Québec, Canada. Life was simple and wonderful for young Nathalie, her mom worked at a seafood restaurant and her dad was a Boat tour guide for Bonaventure island, one of the village main sight as well as the famous Percé Rock, a national natural marvel in Canada. Life was good for the young Puffin, as she enjoyed nature and how lively the village was, especially in the summer during the tourist boom. Natalie was an easygoing and peaceful child always willing to welcome people coming to her village and show them the best sights. She loved the contact with the sea, that she started to work at a very young age helping a father’s friend on a lobster boat. Hardwork never was an issue for her, as she soon started handling live lobsters and cages. One of her dream was to own her very own seafood shop with fresh produce from her beloved Gaspésie Peninsula.

On a social level, she didn't seemed to have much of a problem even for the fact that she was a tall puffin. Being nearly over 6 foot tall in her adolescence made it a little awkward at times, but people in the regions where a kind and tolerant people, so it was never a problem for Natalie in making friends. She was a good student at school, as well of a great basketball player. Been taller than others had its advantage sure, but the sport grown quickly on her, as she shown the same exuberance for the sport then her work on the sea. She been highlighted many times as a “Future regional athlete” by local newspapers and Regional sports blogs. She often cited that her favorite FBA team was the Winnipeg Voyageurs and her favorite players was Dirk Von Stryker and of course, now team captain, Yves Carbonneau.

Life seemed to be going well, until the a tough economic recession and a slowdown in touristic activities had Nathalie’s parents lose both their jobs. With not much options left, They decided to move closer to the center of Québec, where relatives of theirs helped them find employment. A move that displeased Nathalie, has she done anything in her power to help her parents find work, but to no avail. So with a heavy heart, Nathalie had to say good bye to Percé as her family moved to Saint-Jérome, a town sitting sitting by the outskirts of Montreal, Quebec.

Life in the city, high school career and recruitment to UCF
As Nathalie begun attending high school in the city, She had trouble adapting to her new environment far from nature and the sea. Not to mention that while people in regions are more caring, city people was much less forgiving. With her tall stature and her “funny region accent” she was the butt of many jokes, and had barely a couple of friends. Her parents tried their best to help her, as they managed to find her at a local seafood shop, but the quality of the product sold and the fact that the shop owner mistook trout meat for salmon left her disgusted and she quitted shortly after. She then vowed to herself that she will one day have her own shop and show city people what REAL seafood is like.

In the meantime, having not much going for her, she decided to concentrate on the only things she was still competent enough and appreciated for; her basketball skills. Doubling down on her training, she soon rose to the top and helped her high school won several inner city tournaments, even so went head-to-head with Texas Lone stars player François Martineau a couple of times. With many accomplishments and sports scholarships earned, she soon begun to catch the eye of many colleges recruiters in order to convince her to come join them. But her mind was clear on that subject, in order to stand out, there was only one college she wanted to go to: L’Université Canadienne de la Faune de Montréal. She would end her high school career with pretty much all the scoring records, as well of having one of the best shooting percentage for a center at her play level, one attribute that would make her a very valuable prospect in the eyes of college basketball recruiters.

College career at UCF
Around 2014, she enrolled to UCF thanks to a substantial scholarship she received from a Regional Sports gala award ceremony backed by the Quebec Government itself, and the scholarship was handed over by the the Minister of Sports and Recreations himself. So she had huge expectations onto her as she came in, especially with the UCF was one of the best basketball program in the whole country. She still needed to make her place thought, as she would then be approach by a member of the team, Genesis Azocar, a Canadian-Mexican cat. She would soon build a friendship with her, as she was the head of her own little “clique” within the team, as they welcomed her back. Never been welcomed and approached as such since she moved in the city, she couldn't resist enjoying the attention. But as she continues to practice and mingle with them, she would soon starting to doubt her association with them on occasion, especially how mean she was with fellow player and now FBA star for the Hawaii Kahunas, Julian Cross Kiraly.

Genesis was at odds with Julian, and Natalie was right into it. When she even went as far as putting laxatives into Kiraly drink to mess up his game, Bellemare didn't know what to think. But she continued to follow anyway. Everything came to a head as Genesis was eventually kicked out from the team, as they ended up representing Quebec in the 2014 CFIS National Title tournament. The team did well, but eventually fell to finalist AUH, led by Edwin Griega. Natalie did well for her team, managing to score just about 10.2 points per game as well of having a flawless shooting and free throw percentage, earning rookie of the year honors for the Quebec Division.

As the team was heading for the 2015 season, Natalie had to face constant pressure from her friend Genesis, now no longer with the team, as she continued her college basketball career. Having invested so much into it at this point, Natalie made her known she couldn't just let it go and broke ties with her after a loud dispute. It was a tough blow for her, but the puffin still had a couple of friends left from Genesis’s group that remained on the team. As usual, UCF was the front runners in representing Quebec once again for the National tournament, as they continued playing hard during the season. Natalie game continued to improve, as she constantly earned double-doubles on a consistent basis, even averaging around 23.6 points per game, making her a threat at the Center position. She would eventually earn several College player of the month awards and earned a spot on the first National all-star team in the CFIS that year. As playoffs came around, nothing seemed to be getting in their way, that until they faced UAL in the Provincial finals, lead by their inspirational top scorer François Martineau. In a final game that needed overtime to settle the score, UAL managed to pull off the historic upset at the time and beat UCF 113-110. UAL would then go on and represent Quebec for the first time in their history, while Montreal would be forced to watch the National tournament at home.

This loss was devastating to Natalie in so many levels. Not only this was a blow for the team, but recent tribulations and attitude issues within the team (that was put into light prior by Julian Cross-Kiraly) led UCF to clean house in the program, as several players and friends of Natalie’s left the team, and was held responsible for the team humiliating defeat. Being the only one left from the “old era” of the team, she became sort of a pariah to her teammates in an internal level. That left Natalie really bitter about the whole thing, as her last college came around the corner in 2016. While she was still a great prospect in everyone books for the 2016 FBA draft, it was with a monkey on her back and a desire to prove everyone wrong that she this year as the moment to really breakout and make her presence felt as a future FBA superstar.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:01 pm

NOAH BROWN
Owner: Fraddas
Rabbit
Forward (SF/PF)
6' 6"
235 lbs.
Right-Handed
Melbourne, Australia
Lapine State University


Noah came into playing basketball, and entering his name in the draft rather reluctantly. Growing up He never had a real fasination or interest in sports. He'd rather get cozy with a good book or look up articals online. That is untill everyone conspired to eventually have his name in the draft.
His Freshman year the Physical Education coaches had everyone indoors playing against eachother in small teams. many knew/suspected it was all a ploy to recruite them into playing for the jv or varsity teams. Noah being burried in the books was finally foced into playing by the coaches. To there shock the young rabbit had tallent and skill, Although Noah denied it fiercely.
To his dismay Noah's parents and coaches conspired together to get him to play on the varsity team. His dismay however, turned into flattery as he found himself a reluctant hero like in his favorite novels He continued playing till his senior year winning two city titles and one eatern regional after beating. Sydeny's top Highschool.
Just when he thought he could hang up the jersey and go back to his original dream of teaching, more conspiracy, as his parents and coaches referred him to Lapine State in the United States. Half reluctant again to be forced in another direction by those who love and know how tallented he can be he went to Lapine state where he again rose to be a solid small forward, Although he did not win any titles he was still considered to be one of the best LS has had in a while.
After graduating him and his coaches discussed being a draft candidate for the FBA. Although once again he was reluctant to do so, he himself entered his name in the draft before another conspiracy against him arose.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:03 pm

PAUL PAULICHEK
Owner: Mitch
Fisher
Swingfur (SG/SF)
6' 4"
213 lbs.
Left-Handed
Lansing, MI
Mustelid State


Paul Paulichek grew up in the shadow of his cousin, Scott Paulichek, and for most of his life he idolized his cousin's skill and power in the game. For Paul, basketball was a way to better understand his enigmatic cousin, and to spend time with him. It seemed only natural that with Scott so focused on defense that Paul found himself pushing himself on offense, learning to take any open shot he could around his cousin, accurately.

When Scott was accepted into the FBA, Paul knew he wanted to follow in his footsteps, and it was with help from Scott's paycheck that he was able to attend Mustelid Sate in Michigan, where he joined the basketball team in order to learn from the same coach who had taught his cousin. Be it genetics, family traits, or some other unexplained phenomenon which has yet to be understood by anyone about a Paulichek, Paul found himself taking direction naturally, able to execute a play exactly as instructed, and repeat it every time. At first the head coach at Mustelid State thought he'd been gifted another Scott until Paul began to take what he had learned and adapt it on the fly, adjusting to change by rotating through skill sets and plays already learned. It was not the most natural style of play, but Scott impressed with the ease at which he took instruction, and how carefully he applied what he had learned.

Trouble hit when in his sophomore year, the money coming from Scott ended abruptly when it was discovered that Scott's father had been taking all of Scott's earnings. Unable to pay tuition on his own, Paul pleaded with Mustelid State, and through dogged determination he was granted an athletic scholarship, but only as long as he continued to improve his game. Struck by both the desire to prove himself as a player, and to show his cousin that he was worth it, Paul redoubled his training efforts, cutting ties with those in his family who had wronged Scott, and became a force to be reckoned with on the court in his favored postion of shooting guard.

Accuracy and tenacity became the defining characteristics of Paul Paulichek's play style. He was told to look for openings, and take a shot whenever he had one, and like his cousin he did what he was told. Over the course of his junior year he grew into his team's second best scorer, and by the time of his senior year he far and away the scoring leader. But all of it seemed empty as he was constantly compared to his older cousin. Determined to show Scott that there are two Paulicheks worthy of being in the FBA, Paul entered his name into the draft with Scott's bllessing.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:05 pm

RAFAEL HAYES
Owner: Randall Ranger
Coyote
Forward (SF/PF)
6' 8"
205 lbs.
Left-Handed
Soda Springs, ID
Acorn University


Rafael Hayes, or known by his parents as Raffie, is a reserved person upon new surroundings, checking the area and finding out the best way to approach a situation. But once he knows the atmosphere, he will do his best to blend in with the area and people there and he is quite easy to get along with; allowing space for people that want to be left alone when necessary.. His hard work ethics it a major part of his life but he is known to let loose and have fun when need be.

Born and raised in Soda Springs, Idaho, this coyote, an only child, has never left this simple town of only 3000 people. And with a town as small as this is, everyone pretty much knows each other. While that may seem good, the downside from all of this is that there is really nothing to do there as a youngster.

During most of his elementary school years, the coyote had been trying out everything as an extra curricular activity; from swimming to baseball to even singing at the church choir. And yet none of them have really worked out for him. It seemed that there wouldn't be anything that would be his big calling.

Soda Springs has a park but it did not have a basketball court to go with it. So Raffie did not get exposed into basketball until he entered middle school. Situated outside Soda Springs, the school had a fair basketball team in the tri-state conference which included Utah and Wyoming.

Upon entering the gym for the first time, hearing the sounds of dribbling balls and the squeaks of various sneakers, the coyote knew he had to take a part in this new activity. And it took no time before an opportunity came up for him to try it out. A stray ball rolled over to him; he picked it up with the group close by waving to him to return the ball to them. He rears his arm back and launches the ball to the hoop; only to have it sail over to the other side of the court. That resulted with laughter from most of the students and a few insults from the others.

That's when an older tall leopard barked at the team to shut up while retrieving the ball. Raffie was about to sulk out from the embarrassment when the leopard stopped him short of the door.

“You're from Soda Springs, aren't you?” the feline asked the canine.

“...Yes...How did you know?”

“I understand. Apparently that town doesn't care too much about basketball. You have a good throw there; but this is a lot different from baseball as you might have already noticed”, he smiled as he held the ball to his side.

And that's how Raffie met the coach of the team, Samuel Garland. Garland became an outbreak star back in his youthful days from high school to college but he never ventured on beyond that. He decided to remain local to this community and worked as a car dealer before finding an open position as coach of the middle school. Much to the dismay of the other students in the team, the leopard took in the coyote in the rookie squad as long as he worked hard on the court as well as in his studies.

When Raffie announced to his parents that he was in the basketball team, they seemed a bit hesitant; not because of how physical the sport is but because of the fact that they have seen their child try out most sports activities only for him to falter a year or two later. But, nonetheless, they supported him with his decision and made sure he made it to practice when needed. And practice he did; when he wasn't doing schoolwork, he stayed with the coach after hours to get through the basic movements and posture. He could tell you now how extreme the workout was with the coach during the first two years.

At the second year of school, Coach Garland was impressed with how Raffie worked hard into becoming a part of the team. And with the speed and flexibility the coyote had, the coach decided to put him in a forward position and run plays with the team. He still didn't play in any games yet but he was there with the team watching how they play as well as how the opponents play. The opportunity for Raffie to play came near the end of the season when they were in a tough game with most of the forwards fouling out. Garland looked at Raffie and told him to get on, feeling a bit confident that the coyote would know what to do. The coyote didn't amount to much, only two points and three fouls in the fourth quarter, but he was happy that he got the opportunity to play in the team. And for the rest of the season, he came in as a substitute player during the third and fourth quarters, gaining more experience with each minute he played.

The third year of middle school became the best year for Raffie as he made his debut as a starter the first game of the season. It was an exciting moment for both him and his parents as they cheered him on knowing that this could be something that he can excel on. And the coyote had no problems excelling on the court... on the defensive side. While his offensive side didn't produce much for him, his attention to the other team's actions proved to be his main asset; where he directed the team into situations when needed and making defensive plays himself by drawing steals and forcing fouls. At the end of the game, he produced eleven points, including a three pointer, and fourteen rebounds along with three steals and drawing three fouls.

From that point on, the coyote did the best he could during the season; and that was all the coach expected of him. He wasn't trying to coach a superstar but a player. And that is what Raffie became; a player. No records were set by him that year but he had gone through enough to know that high school would be a whole different league than what he had gone through here.

High school did prove to be difficult for the coyote; not in the academic area but in the athletic area. His first school, Northview High, had a coach that only wanted winners. And that left him sitting on the bench for the first year and a half. Not only that but the coach was also not kind to the coyote; telling him how much of a failure he would be to the team and community most days. If the talk was supposed to make Raffie work harder to make the starting lineup, then it had a different effect on him. The depression started to kick in during the second year, with him practicing less while his studies have dropped too, resulting in lower grades.

Raffie was just about to drop out of the league when he got a phone call from no other than Coach Garland, the leopard that helped him out during middle school. Garland could sense the tension in the coyote's voice and knew he had to act before the youngster did end up quitting. With his parent's permission, he promptly took Raffie away after the school year and sent him to a basketball camp where he learned the game over and started to appreciate the game once more.

The new school year brought the coyote back on his feet; a new school along with him playing in the community basketball team rather than the high school team. The determination showed from that point on and he did quite well for the final two years averaging fifteen points and five rebounds. The fundamental play style of the coyote brought him a scholarship; giving him the opportunity to leave the area and venture out on his own for the first time. The scholarship didn't actually provide too much but it did land him at Acorn University in Indiana.

Raffie never broke records in Acorn University but he did land himself into a couple all-star collegiate games during his four year tenure at the school. While he did well in the athletic side, the academics still remained an important part of his life and he graduated from the university with a degree in nutrition science. And he owes all of his work to his middle school coach.

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Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies

Postby Harlow » August 12th, 2016, 11:08 pm

REBECCA GOLDBERG
Owner: Herr Wozzeck
Charolais Cow
Bigfur (C/PF)
7' 0"
270 lbs.
Right-Handed
Miami, FL
Ferengton University


Rebecca Goldberg was brought up in the Jewish part of Miami, Florida. Living in relative wealth, she first became attached to the sport of basketball when she was a young girl. Her affluent parents encouraged her talent from an early age. It was through this sport that she made many of her closest friends, including both a young Will Steinberg and a young Agundio Atti-Morales. She grew close to many of her old basketball friends, but with Will and Agundio she formed an almost brotherly bond. And while they eventually split from the JCC that they met at, they remained close friends even as they played for different schools.

Thus, Rebecca had a well-adjusted home life.

It was not until their high school years that tensions formed within this small circle of friends. While Will and Agundio were making waves in their respective high schools as exceptional players, Rebecca barely made a splash in her own. She was still a very good player, but nevertheless she was not as big a star. While she tried to be happy for her friends, this resulted in some amount of resentment within her, and she slowly began to push them away in favor of her own friends.

And then, tragedy struck in her sophmore year: Will and Rebecca met up before a game between their schools. There, Rebecca heard Will complain about a lingering pain in his knee before the game, but she had brushed him off, and waved off his concerns that the coach was pushing them too hard to a victory that night. It was that night that he came down hard on his knee in the third quarter: after the game, it was discovered he had an extreme ACL tear, one that ended his career before it ever truly began.

This, of course, came as a shock to Rebecca. More than anything, though, she blamed herself for not taking Will seriously when he complained about his knee. Thus, she eventually began to withdraw from her life, even withdrawing from basketball as the memory of that night eventually became too much for her. Like her father before her, Rebecca eventually entered Ferrengton university as an economics major.

However, Rebecca's father had noted how unhappy she was at Ferrengton. Eventually, she admitted she missed her sport, but could not bring herself to enter another team. Undeterred, he eventually convinced her to give Ferrengton's budding basketball team a chance: at the beginning of her sophmore year, she finally tried out for the basketball team, and was surprised when she was accepted. Still a very shy girl at the time, Rebecca was surprised when the Ferrengton team accepted her as one of their own.

Over time, the scars began to heal. And eventually, she felt confident enough in the sport she loved so much that she declared for the Draft. Now all that remains is to pick up the remaining pieces of her pre-college life...
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