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2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 8:27 pm
These will be posted in Alphabetical order, a placeholder as the WIki issues get resolved as well as for you to get acquainted with the current draftees:
Black Tundra University
Akiak Pratt (originally Panik Pratt) was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. A beautiful husky pup to parents David and Akna Pratt, Akiak came into the world a biological female. Being the first and only child to David and Akna, Panik, meaning ‘daughter’, seemed a fitting name for the pup.
Home life for the young husky consisted of a stay at home mother and a military father who always seemed to be working. At a young age, David had already made a great impact on his daughter. By the age of ten, the husky had already made it her dream to be like her father. To her, her father was a powerful yet gentle authority figure that she strived to be like. Unfortunately for Panik, there wasn’t much time to spend with her father.
To pass the time, she’d play whatever the neighborhood kids played. Always being more of a tom-boy, Panik found herself playing more of basketball than anything else. From the second that she found out how the game worked, as well as the difficulties of playing against bigger bodies than her, Panik’s interest in basketball began to grow. Eventually when she turned twelve, a basketball and hoop was requested as a birthday present. Whenever no one was free to play, the husky would spend her time playing by herself trying her best to not only get better, but to try and distract herself from the absence of her father.
Once she reached high school, her free time revolved around basketball. At first, she was wary of how her father would feel with her playing the sport. Much to her surprise, her father encouraged it. It was however during her first year that she began to feel differently. Being in the locker room, watching all the girls change as she simply stood there feeling off, sometimes even feeling as if she was getting a stomach ache at the thought of changing herself; she finally came to terms with being transgender.
Slowly, Panik began to make her transition. Although she had already started wearing more boy-ish clothes when she was younger, she decided to take it a step further and speak to her mother about buying actual men’s clothes. When her mother asked why she’d want to do such a thing, she made the difficult and scary decision of telling her mother about her increasing Dysphoria and how she’d confirmed her feelings over the past few years as those of a transgender individual. Thankfully, her mother was alright with it; though she admitted it may take her time to fully understand, she promised to fully support her “son” through this transition.
With the help of her mother, a binder and change of clothes helped to ease the husky’s everyday life. Akiak, a male name given to her by her mother even made her feel more comfortable.
Everything seemed to go well until the day her father found out.
David Pratt couldn’t understand how his daughter could say something as ridiculous as, “I’m Transgender.”. Although he had seen the increasing change, from the way his daughter had been as a tom-boy, to when the change of clothes had happened, he had never wanted to accept that there was something more at play than just the idea of his daughter trying new things. While Akiak’s mother gave him his full support, his father did not. This was a huge blow to the husky and only aided in bringing back dysphoric feelings that he’d tried so hard to snuff.
That summer, Akiak spent all his time outside playing the one thing that helped to calm him --- basketball. It was over the summer that he also fully got into the FBA and discovered a new role model. Mike Timmids was a light in the darkness for the husky. Not only was Mike a professional basketball player - he was a transgender basketball player. Mike became Akiak’s new role model and Akiak spent hours watching video’s of the Pronghorn. A new feeling began to grow in the seventeen year old. It was the anticipation and excitement of his new dream.
Once he reached the age of eighteen, Panik Pratt at the time, with his mother’s encouragement, legally changed his name to Akiak; meaning ‘Brave’. Black Tundra University would be where he would work harder than he ever had. Two years later, at the age of 20, after a continued period of testosterone therapy, the husky finally got top surgery. It was also at this time that he declared his name for the draft despite any complaints his father had thrown at him.
Basketball had always been there for him. Through thick and thin, whenever Akiak needed a break from whatever was going on in his life, a break from the always lingering thoughts of where his father was, a break from the endless dysphoria - he always had basketball to turn to. It was more than a passion. It was a way to cope. It was, if anything, also his last chance at getting his father to understand and accept him for who he really was. If he could show his father that he could get in with the Pros, BE one of the pros, then maybe, just maybe his father could say something like, “That’s my son, Akiak Pratt.” Not only would Akiak prove that he could make his dream come true, he would also make work to share his story and help transgender rights; LGBT rights in general.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 8:33 pm
ALLEN BANNARASEE NANTAKARN
Vancouver, British Columbia
Victoria Wolfpack University
Allen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia to two immigrant parents from Thailand. Raised in the Thai community of Vancouver, he was a very outgoing young man with a very strong sense of family and community. Because of this, he was also raised around the religion of his parents and community: Theravada Buddhism. He took to the tenants of the religion quite quickly and identified as a Buddhist quite readily. He was a friendly young boy who turned acquaintances into friendships quite easily.
As he grew older, Allen was encouraged by friends to try out the sport of basketball. Much to the young man's surprise, he grew fascinated with the sport. Not only was it something about the athleticism the sport required, but the act of it was a great way of focusing. Allen began to draw connections between making shots and meditating. A similar aspect of absolute focus. This led to Allen having a talent for the sport. Besides, it was also a great way to interact with friends and make new ones, so the sport always had a very positive connotation.
Seeing that he had such a talent for basketball, his parents began to push him to excel and focus on it. This made Allen refine his skill even further and pursue it more seriously. Joining his middle and high school's basketball teams, he proved to be one of the stand-out players in the Vancouver area basketball scene. This got him noticed by scouts, who eventually offered him a position on the team for Victoria Wolfpack University. Because it was a mostly free ride to college, he was urged by his parents to accept the offer.
Now in college, two things began to blossom for Allen. First, his skills in basketball. He became known as a great longshot and excellent three pointer who could sink shots far from the hoop. This was his talent that he honed for the sport. Second, becoming a religious studies major, Allen became even more devout in his faith as a Buddhist. It began to make him consider a life in the monkhood. This caused something of a crisis in Allen, however. While he enjoyed both of these pursuits, he would have to find a way to reconcile them.
As he reached the end of his college career, Allen finally decided upon what he would do. He would first try out for the FBA, the premiere league for basketball. If he could get in, then he would play through his professional career as long as he could, all the while living as devoutly as a lay Buddhist as he could. In this way, he could earn money for charitable pursuits as well as to give back to the community that raised him. Then, afterwards, he would devote himself to the monkhood. To him, this was a fair compromise.
Now, having graduated, he is ready and eager to join the FBA. Distinguishing himself as a talented three-pointer, he hopes that his shots and his speed would be enough to get him noticed and to hopefully earn a spot in the professional league.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 8:36 pm
ULGA (University of Lithuania Predatory Athletics)
Andrius Vilkasaitis, a boisterous but collected canine from the west coast of Lithuania, has been a prominent name in the collegiate circuit of the Baltic region of Europe since 2014, and he will try his paw at the 2016 FBA Draft, given his desire to extend his career beyond the region. He first started attending the ULGA in Kaunas, which is the lone sports university in the country, and became the primary shooting guard for the team after only a few months in the program. Given that basketball has such a huge following in Lithuania, it was a very sharp hill for Andrius to climb, but he was willing and able to prove he belonged at the University. Given his contributions to their success in the Baltic region, Andrius is seen as a viable candidate on an international scale.
Andrius grew up rather frivolously, but with the undertone of lower-middle class struggles and challenges. Lithuania had just been reborn as a country on the global scale, and nobody was rich from it. His mother, a business office secretary, became the primary provider of Andrius and his sister after a divorce in his teens. His father, a mill worker, played basketball in his teens and during part of his university years, so the interest crossed generations. Andrius credits his father for most of his personality traits, including his periodic stubbornness and litheness. He picked up a basketball at age 11 during his first game during primary school, and “has never looked back,” stating that basketball “probably kept me out of trouble – it kept me on the courts, instead of wandering the streets. And during those years, it was probably for the best.”
The estranged family relationship is what motivated Andrius during his high school years, to avoid the shifting tides at home. This probably meant he spent more time on the courts, and it honed his game. However, he does not connect easily to other personalities if the loyalty is not forced upon them by coaches – a sign of weakness in an otherwise stable-minded basketball player. He began his collegiate career on a full-ride scholarship to the University of Lithuanian Predatory Athletics (ULGA – Universitas Lietuva iš Grobuoniškos Atletika) in 2012.
In early 2014, Vilkasaitis had a minor legal incident involving the filing of a missing under-aged female otter. She and Andrius had gone on a weekend getaway vacation together, but she was 17, and there had been no providence on her age or whereabouts until authorities tracked her down 28 hours later. The case was solved out of court, but the incident temporarily dampened his reputation.
Šventųjų Vilnius, the Lithuanian team of the EFBL, was acutely aware of Vilkasaitis’ talent, and had made several moves to bring him to Vilnius after his third year at ULGA proved to be one of his best: an admirable 44.3/36.4/73.9 shooting line as a 20 year old, scoring 10.8 points per game. Vilkasaitis elected to finish his fourth year at ULGA, after learning of the FBA lockout, and considered playing for several teams in the EFBL. A few months later, after learning of the resolutions, he publicly declared his wish to submit his name for the FBA draft.
His natural howl corresponds to his natural ability to make his mark on the court. Rather than spinning around the oncoming defender, he will use his shoulders to an effect, and nudge or budge the defender into giving up space before backing away quickly and taking the shot. He is an athletic, bouncy two guard who can shift into a playmaking role at the 1 on occasion due to his high level basketball IQ and tremendous vision. However, he's only made 41 percent of his career shots from the 2-point range, an incredibly low number. He also can occasionally get wild with turnovers, and his defensive game isn't superb at all times.
Vilkasaitis is naturally Lithuanian, and basketball is the major sport in the region, so it has been a dominant driver of his life and personality. He is fluent in Lithuanian, Russian, and English.
Family relations have gotten better in recent years; he also cites other light-contact sports as his hobbies, such as tennis and football. Vilkasaitis has a large tattoo spanning his chest of a hawk clutching a basketball. The inspiration behind the tattoo comes from his quest for success: "I really like the attitude of hawks. They never give up. When they grab a fish, or something else, they never let it go."
In his free time, he has a “healthy obsession” with superhero movies and comic book characters, and goes to see all the Furrywood big-budget movie releases. He also has preliminary plans to set up a children’s basketball camp during his off-seasons in Lithuania, if he succeeds at being drafted.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 8:43 pm
Cape Town, South Africa
University of Cape Town
Anele Nel the young Bibron Gecko grew up a poor life with his mom and his dad who always taught him the way to success is school and perseverance. Not much is known about his younger life other than he was a massive party animal and a very outgoing charmer of sorts to the ladies,yet most don’t see him touching too much base with other guys. Nel as he likes to be called despite him having a first name he doesn’t like people using it for whatever reason which many find strange but they live with it even his parents. Nel has also enjoyed many other hobbies that aren’t basketball such as reading at libraries and doing little speeches about his tiny successes in Cape Town which after a while can annoy some whenever he does it too much or it’s there first time listening to the rambling speech.
Let’s talk SOME early life, Nel in his younger years before he picked up a basketball and showed the area what he could do was seen as an outsider for his certain interests or at least around what he would call friends now. Nel was always alone somewhere reading a book in school sometimes during class if he felt the lesson he already learned from an outside source or from his mom and dad. Most of the smarter kids didn’t mind Nel,granted he was always 3 steps ahead of them which sometimes bugged them in many ways. Teachers always wanted to call on Nel for his vast knowledge and insight but sometimes got mixed responses from him and his classmates which they most the time didn’t want to deal with. Nel was also always a hot headed little one and that progressed through his teen years if not got worse than it was when he was younger but people will have to see if that carried over to college as he just finished.
Once out of college he got a little visit from a little friend of his telling him about basketball endeavors outside of his hometown. Interested Nel did some research of his own and found the FBA and was quite interested but couldn’t afford to check it out in the past. Waiting a few years to get his finances in place to head out to the organization to see if it would duly suit him and his interests. The land before him is one he is very unsure of because of culture differences and how he is able to speak very basic english unlike everyone else who would be fluent in the language which should make for some interesting scenarios. Guided by perseverance and his small wisdom of the world he takes on this new challenge and accepts all the different viewpoints coming his way to an extent of course.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 8:49 pm
San Antonio, TX
Predtech of North Carolina
Angelina grew up around basketball, even so it was not her first love. She loved to swim and was always at the pool. Her father and mother always encouraged this dream in her. So it was not until her sophomore year in high school that she picked up the game. She was convinced to try out for the team by her best friend. The coach saw she had talent but still needed to learn the game. The coach offered to help her train each day before school would start. So began her life of coming to school 1 and half hrs early for extra practice. She soon became one of the bests prospects on the team. In her junior and senior year they even made it to the state finals. Finally winning in her senior year. She had a few offers including from her mothers and fathers colleges respectively. In the end she chose to go to her fathers school to learn as she felt it gave her a better chance.
During college she learned the game was on a different level. The talent was better and she had to adapt her game. She helped lead Predtech to tournaments in her sophomore through senior year. Though her senior year was their best showing making it to the semi finals. Now she is ready to make the jump into the fba.
17 PPG 9 RPG 4.5 APG 1 STL
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 8:56 pm
Los Angeles, CA
Fur Bay State
Even though biologically one hundred percent fox, Anton always considered himself more tiger than anything. His parents were fairly indulgent of this and bought him a tiger-patterned onesie when he was just a kit. An outfit he wore almost religiously for almost a year straight. Later on he modified a wet suit so that he could put it on and sit in a tub of black fur dye and get his stripes correct every time. Yet if asked he'd not say that this is who he is. Being a tiger is just what he is, but is not who he is. It is not "his drug." That would be dunking.
Nothing ever felt as viscerally satisfying as the feel of his hands slamming against the rim accompanied by the sound of the ball going through the net. Anton grew up idolising players like Hpper and Rufus and dreamt of being like them one day. His parents were okay with this so long as he obeyed the rule of "No basketball until all homework is done." This rule made him develop the habit of rushing to do his homework immediately after school, much to the teasing of his older brother and sister. But Anton did not mind. They teased him anyway and homework was in the way of his craving and the sooner it got done the sooner he could get to drinking. As a result he did well in school.
When he started playing with other kids he quickly learned he had to be able to do more than just dunk. For the other team would stop him and that would be no fun. But if he was a threat from everywhere and he made his teammates a threat from everywhere then they couldn't afford to stop that as effectively, meaning there would occasionally be an opening that he could take advantage of. And so during elementary school and on he started becomming much better at being an all around player. His biggest adjustment to his game would be when he started college. Not so much because the level of play was so much harderas it was his height. At the start of his senior year of high school he was 5'3"; when he started college he was 6'6" and his coach wanted him in the small forward position.
It was definitely a challenge for the tiger-striped fox to try and learn a new position and earn his place on the team at the same time, but so long as he was allowed to dunk and his boyfriend cheered him on from the stands every game he was content. He improved much over that first year and by his second year he was his team's starting pivot. He was never one of those that got a double double every game, but his numbers were usually respectable, averaging upper teens in points, six to seven rebounds, our to five assists and a couple steals a game. He did once get a triple double. He had gotten so focused on getting it once he was close that he didn't shoot once the entire fourth quarter to ensure he got those last couple of assists.
Though a bit of a showboat -- a trait he acquired his freshman year as a coping mechanism for being out of position -- Anton is not the kind of person that feels they need to be the star. All he really needs is to dunk to be happy. And usually speaking he's more likely to get an opportunity to dunk if he's helping the entire team do well than if he tried to do everything himself.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 8:58 pm
AREX GONNES KATU
San Dimas, CA
Furniversity of Southern California
The descendant of Lutheran missionaries during German New Guinea’s days of western colonization over a century before, Arex Gonnes Katu (pronounced Kuh-too), entered life an okapi of two different worlds. Born in Okapa, Papua New Guinea to Tabitha, a nurse-practitioner for Good Fur Ambassadors, and Joel Katu, lead exploratory distribution director for OmenTech in the country, A.G., as called by family, saw the tumultuous society that most of the world never knew.
Having an ancestral presence in the eastern provinces for the past century, and being the closest living relatives to the famous wrestler and outspoken advocate of poor indigenous peoples worldwide, Jimson Rae Tooh “Big Joey” Katu, meant A.G. and his older brother, Bryce, enjoyed the friendship of many native tribes, with the Zia tribe of the Morobe Province in particular. Being a matrilineal tribe, several leading women often cared for the calves after the local school in Toyare was done for the day. Eventually a maid, the daughter of the Yewa, or Bird of Paradise, clan chief, cared for the house, but shielded the two from the century’s old violence that was so prevalent in the surrounding areas. Yet, with such intertribal warfare being common in everyday interaction between people groups, it was not long until the violence came to A.G.’s door.
A.G. walked home from the nearby school with best friend, Samson Yauwii, an Emperor Bird of Paradise, when a pair of bush kangaroos cut across their path, screaming the most obscene things the local dialect of Pidgin could muster, while in close pursuit of a male White Cockatoo. Wielding stone axes and clubs, more marsupials gathered around the avian, the two small witnesses frozen in place. A blockish, white hand rested on Arex’s shoulder. He knew.
Not missing a beat, “Big Joey” Katu shouted to the sky and beat his chest. His wide-eyed expression made them all freeze. The White Cockatoo did not miss his chance as he sprinted madly for the forest. Crisis averted, but there would other times and “Big Joey” was not always around to avert the violence. Each time, Arex saw all the poverty and uninformed beliefs holding the people in the vice of traditional warfare. The violence did not make him cry or shiver, but left a scar in his mind.
In the midst of this, the school one day was blessed with a donation from OmenTech to purchase new books and a rare treat, a quality made basketball court. A Good Fur Ambassador volunteered his time to coach the best he knew how. As A.G.’s class watched a vhs tape of past basketball glories and greats, his rare blue-green eyes lit up - no violence, but a struggle, no death, just contest of skill and skill alone.
As a possible team was formed, Arex took to it easily; while others fumbled to understand the game or even the instructions, the students simply began to watch the okapi. The coach spoke and Arex would demonstrate. His ability to grasp quickly and make long distance shots with a poise and accuracy that few came close to competing with, the okapi saw a venue to help the tribes of Papuan Highlands.
And helped it did. There was no formal league, so playing went all around the school year drawing in crowds coming to watch a Western Man’s game. Yet, all dreams come to an end or so it felt. With his parents current assignments ended, Arex left the highlands of Papua New Guinea for the congested world of Los Angeles. San Dimas High School, of movie fame, was a world far too different at times, which made it difficult for Arex to make any friends.
Struggling with the past, always wanting to see the green hills of his distant home, the growing okapi’s only venues to thrive was academia and basketball. He overcame all initial misgivings and led the high school to not only one but to back-to-back championships, a fact noticed by many scouts.
To stay not too far from home, Arex Gonnes Katu accepted a full-sports scholarship to play for the FuSC Spartans. He complimented team captain Yesina Selas well. The ability to play a shooting guard or point guard, and sometimes, due to his 6’8’’ stature, a small forward, he often worked well with the coach’s and Selas’ plans. Training his body, Katu shot 2’s and 3’s with great power and accuracy, but had trouble at times curtailing his strength when making simple 1’s. Still, by his senior year, Katu was a shoe-in as team captain leading the team deep into the finals, but overshot on a last second buzzer.
Upon returning home to San Dimas, having graduated valedictorian with a double major, Arex walked through the door expecting his little calf sister to greet him, but instead it was Jimson Katu, his great-uncle ready to greet and congratulate him. The aging okapi, still full of life, despite being 72, felt it was time to reveal something too hard make known before then. Arex was not his nephew, but the son of him and his wife, Sarah’s middle-aged years, born shortly before his 50th birthday. He was raised by his cousins for one simple reason, being a wrestler and using his profession to advocate the plight of indigenous people worldwide, was very busy, and at time quite dangerous.
Also, one day, Arex would be the next “Big Joey” like his father before him, and his grandfather, the first “Big Joey Katu.” Each of the three shared the blue-green eyes, dark-red, wavy hair, and the small growth of red hair around the length of the bottom jaw. To some of the tribal people of New Guinea he was a hero of ever growing legend.
Stiff exterior gone, Arex Gonnes Katu, felt whole hearing the truth. It hurt to hear it. Yet, in a moment he felt his purpose and knew how to go about it. Wrestling was his father’s way, basketball would be his.
Having his name submitted to the draft, A.G. Katu hopes to make an impact on the sport, but also use the sport to make a positive impact for the poor tribes of Papua New Guinea.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:01 pm
ARVED JAMES PENHALL
Florida Midwest University
Meet Arved Penhall, a street wise small forward quick on the draw
with a powerful force on the court unlike any other.
Penhall grew up in a tough inner city neighborhood in Jacksonville to a working class family. Penhall shared a very good relationship with his career oriented mom and dad, both of whom worked hard to support him and his brothers. He learned at an early age to never back down and speak his mind. Despite his tough exterior, Penhall showed respect toward others and stayed true to himself.
Penhall's initial drive to get into basketball emerged during his grade school years. He looked up to the greats of the FBA, particularly Steven Munt (Warthog, C) for his assertiveness and Jefferson Adams (Lion, C) for his confidence in the game. He felt inspiration to follow his dream to help do good for his family and his neighborhood. From getting involved in school activities to representing his town in various sporting events and functions, Penhall picked up a lot of tricks to his trade throughout his youth. He is an excellent team player with great knowledge to defense and maneuvering tactics. His antics on the court surprised many who watched him play varsity. With his amazing agility and evasiveness from the opposition, Penhall proved time and again that he was great at what he could do.
Penhall was well liked in high school and college. He was snarky yet ambitious among his peers. Some of his interests off the court include sound mixing and spinning records as a DJ at the school quad. He minored in music and performing arts at FMU. After making a name for himself when he joined the FMU varsity team, Penhall helped guide his crew to victory with 7 consecutive wins during his junior year. He was considered the best forward on his team. A.J. Penhall is now setting his sights on the FBA, ready to take on the titans of the court. Will he prove to them he has what it takes?
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:04 pm
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Vancouver Interspecies University
Bucky grew up just outside of Thunder Bay, ON. His family owned a logging company, and like any family business, Bucky was no stranger to pitching in where he could. Coming from a line of large, strapping beavers, it was no surprise that Bucky had always been somewhat big for his age.
Bucky had always been practical, not smart. He knew the value of hard work, and while not stupid, he got average grades throughout high school. His high school coach tried to get him to go out for football, seeing that his natural strength and size would be best suited for the sport, but it always interfered with the busy season. Not wanting untapped potential to go wasted, Bucky reluctantly agreed to try out for Basketball when the snow got too deep to work.
Despite his bulkiness, Bucky was a welcome asset to his high school team, where he switched back and forth between SF and PF throughout his high school career. By his senior year, he'd caught the eye of several college scouts. Among the more lucrative was an offer from Vancouver Interspecies University. With a desire to see the world, Bucky accepted, knowing that after college, he'd be back home logging again.
VIC's basketball program was one of the best in the nation, and determined Bucky needed a little more time playing at the college level, redshirting him in hopes that his great height would result in a growth spurt after the beaver confessed he really didn't have one in high school.
A year later, Bucky had grown a little, but was far from the size that was expected for his native position. VIU started training him as a SG, where his extra bulk made it increasingly difficult to defend against him without drawing a foul. He became a critical part of the VIU bench, and moved up to starting by his senior (3rd) year of playing.
Now that his super senior year was over, the beaver's passion for the sport really had him torn between pursuing a career in sports and going back home to help with the family business. His decision was made for him. Recognizing their son's potential and being shrewd business-people, his parents saw the unique opportunity he had, and refused to rehire him at their logging business until he pursued his interests in sports. Logging could wait.
Excited that his future had more opportunities than continuing the long line of loggers, the brawny beaver believer he could climb high enough in the FBA draft to earn a coveted spot on one of the teams.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:07 pm
Beaux Bridge, LA
Pensacola Predatorial & Mechanical
Beau grew up in the bayou near Beaux Bridge, LA, as the "surprise" last child to older parents who didn't think they could "produce" anymore. Though wishing he didn't fit the Cajun stereotype, his family did get by on food from the waters near his home and food-stamps, with plenty of derelict vehicles to play around in. When he was old enough to figure out what tools were he would go into the yard and take apart whatever he could, leading his love for all things engineering and automotive.
School was not the best for Beau, while his income and lifestyle of his family were never brought to the forefront, his tall height (well above average when he entered kindergarten,) and nearly incomprehensible speaking patterns made him targets for ridicule from his fellow classmates. He did excel in subjects like math and science, but things like grammar and history bored him.
Still from an early age he was groomed to play basketball, finding it entertaining (nobody knew he had very keen spacial awareness.) Plus when he was on the court there was less ridicule than he received in the classroom.
As he got older things got much better once he hit high school. He still had to deal with "boring" classes, but his GPA went up as he was able to take liked subjects like auto shop, physics, and geometry. Being on the basketball team also helped his status in the school and he felt more confident even with his unique way of talking.
When it came time for looking for colleges, he did have the attention of some recruiters, but the school he chose to go to was Pensacola Preditorial and Mechanical; not only for its basketball team but also its excellent engineering school.
He did get some fun-joshing from the likes of upperclassmen Tanya Feckle, but he took that as just team-hazing more than anything, staying friends with Tanya, Hal Dufrain and Hank Sawyer, the "Pensacola Three," up until their graduation from PPM.
Now he wishes to continue what he considers his "social good luck charm" of being a basketball player for the FBA.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:10 pm
Basketball is hardly the most popular sport in Turkmenistan. Biashim Annadurdyyew, like most alabais, grew up being trained simultaneously as a shepherd and as a fighter. Fighting is not a bloodsport for his breed; for them it is a way of life, born of tradition and necessity. In the wilds of Central Asia, a shepherd needs to be able to defend his flock from the very real threat of feral predators, both anthro and otherwise.
Alabais hone their skills fighting each other in a sport mixing elements of wrestling and boxing, governed by barebones rules and intensely popular in their corner of the world. From an early age, Biashim showed an aptitude and, even more so, an ambition.
As he grew, so did his opponents. But then he kept growing, and growing, eventually topping out a full head taller than any of his opponents. No one was eager to compete against him when they would be so unequally matched. Biashim stopped competing in tournaments and went back to shepherding.
Then, one day when he was 13, an epiphany occurred. Biashim saw a basketball game on television. These furs on the screen were tall – really tall – just like him! And they were active, and athletic. Something clicked. He wanted – needed – to be one of them. He built himself a hoop and backboard and of scraps – because he had only seen the game on TV and had to guess, the hoop ended up being higher than regulation. He devoured every piece of information he could find, every book, every article, every broadcast. A distant relative sent him an FBA regulation size basketball. Every moment he could spare between shepherding and fighting, he practiced basketball. He didn’t know just yet how he would get from Turkmenistan to the professional basketball leagues, but he knew that he’d never get there if he didn’t put himself out there. Biashim began participating in tournaments again; his primary goal was not to win but rather to be noticed.
It was at a fighting tournament in the city when he was 15 that luck smiled on Biashim. A talent scout from Russia simultaneously saw the 7’5” dog and an opportunity. Though not precisely a basketball scout himself, he knew someone who was - and would pay a hefty finder's fee for good talent. The scout expected it would take a lot of convincing to get Biashim to agree, and was surprised when the hulking dog practically leapt at the opportunity.
The next few years were a blur of strange names and stranger faces, a network of contacts – gym managers, trainers, coaches, and one international market research analyst – eventually culminating in an American platypus sports agent who landed Biashim a spot on an EFBL roster when the dog was 18 with the stated goal of grooming Biashim for the FBA.
The coach and trainers recognized that Biashim could be a real asset on defense, an area where he had previously had little experience. Eager to be useful, Biashim did everything he was told and then some. He became a wall. His rough around the edges style and lack of formal training in his youth (as well as what he was actually trained in in his youth) did shine through in a high number of fouls, but those decreased as his career matured.
After two years honing his defensive skills (and his English) on the Heraklion Warriors, his agent decided Biashim was ready for a shot at the FBA. Biashim Annadurdyyew has submitted his name for the 2016 FBA Draft.
"Didn't know much about basketball, but he's eager to learn and holy carp is he tall and that's half the battle, am I right?" - Corker
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Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:15 pm
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Universidad de Pájaros de Buenos Aires
Cadence loves to dance. Crunk, break, pop; styles like these she can't get enough of. But that's her hobby, not her passion. That is basketball. Originally she started dancing as something to do before practices and games. At the age of fifteen, however, she noticed that dancing helped her think, improved her spatial awareness and so long as she didn't get too involved in her dancing, her reaction time.
And so she started dancing on the court, much to the chagrin of her coaches and opponents who always thought the dancing meant she wasn't taking the game seriously. Her opponents, however, quickly would learn to not underestimate her as the moment their guard was down she would steal the ball from them. One player even took the dancing as a form of taunting and after having had the ball stripped for the fourth dime that game threw a punch at her.
Her stats were always decent for the minutes she played, but as her coaches hated her, the numbers were unimpressive as she was never put in as a starter. Without a coach's recommendation and her unorthodox style she got absolutely no interest from any of the local teams.So Cadence packed her bags and moved to the states to see if anyone there would enjoy her moves.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:19 pm
Carla Andrews has eternally been pulled between the two interests that caught her attention as a child: basketball and professional wrestling. She was introduced to basketball at a very young age by her friends in school, and picked up the sport quite well. However, she also became quite interested in wrestling as she grew older, in big part thanks to her paternal uncle always having it on the TV. She became interested in both sports, and loved them both equally: however, her parents always preferred basketball to her like of wrestling. They saw wrestling as incredibly dangerous, and her mother especially did not like how the wrestling world portrayed women. Thus, she took basketball up: however, she learned how to wrestle in secret, and thus kept up both sports.
Inevitably, this led to a crossroads once she finished school. Everyone in her family expected her to go to nearby Pensacola Predatorial and Mechanical on a basketball scholarship: it came as a shock and a not entirely pleasant surprise when she instead told everyone she was enrolling in a wrestling school outside of Orlando. Despite her parents' pleas, Carla was intent on forging her own path: thus, she went to the wrestling school in Orlando. Her mother left her with the warning that wrestling would not turn out to be what she thought it was, before promptly cutting her daughter out of her life.
Undeterred, Carla threw herself into her wrestling training, taking up the ring name "Blazing Rebel". Despite this, she never quite forgot her basketball training, and indeed she was impartial to the occasional pick-up game with her friends. It also came to define her wrestling style: like Carla's style in basketball, the Blazing Rebel liked to move around the ring for much of the match, before going in for a single hit that would inevitably take her opponents down. It was in this way that she began to make a name for herself, and eventually she began to make a name for herself in the wrestling world, in equal parts for her highly mobile style and for her sleek flame mask she always wore in matches.
However, just as her mother had warned her, the wrestling world was not at all how she imagined it to be. The issues began with her manager, a rather portly older gentleman who was always a bit rude and sexual to his female clients. Carla also objected rather harshly to her storylines: many of her storylines focused less on her fictional need to prove she was the best of her class and instead objectified her in ways she found increasingly uncomfortable. She simply grinned and bore it, however, hoping that by the time she became a professional in the WWE it would fade. And yet, the storyline only grew more objectifying, and her manager more and more rude.
It culminated in an incident between her and her manager that she would rather not discuss: though nothing physical happened, it was enough that she began to question why she ever thought wrestling was a good career path. This, combined with finally having enough of how her story objectified her, led Blazing Rebel to announce her retirement at the young age of 23, just before she could be annexed into NXT.
Left stranded out in the cold, Carla found a need to assess her options: she could go home to parents she had not contacted in a couple of years, or there was another option. She knew her brief wrestling career had left her in a good place physically, so she thought about being a personal trainer.
And then, she took a day trip to Tallahassee and saw the Typhoons in action. This ignited something in her, and the former pro wrestler began to slowly get back into basketball training. She ended up training herself in the sport she used to know, pretty much all of it coming back to her quickly. And when she felt she was prepared a year after that game, she decided it was time to submit her name into the FBA Draft. She only hopes that the FBA will be what the wrestling world was not...
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Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:20 pm
Owner: Sam Gwosdz
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Carol Quiñónes was born into a poor family, but one who was able to keep a decent house on the outskirts of Mayaguez. Carol had three brothers and one sister and their ways of having fun involved going into the city and hanging out. What little spending money they had, they pooled to spend on things together.
Some days, they’d grab the family’s old sports equipment and go out to an open space and just have fun playing baseball or soccer. There was also a small run down basketball court and Carol seemed to particularly enjoy playing there. It wasn’t uncommon to see her playing there until the surrounding street lights were turned on, her long black hair matted with sweat..
In 2007, her life changed when news began to spread of a super-talented teenager playing for the San Juan Stars. Checking into it, Carol became an instant fan of Vera La Tiérra, watching the vixen score 35 points in a rout of the Mayaguez Giants on the family television. She watched every Stars game she could, wowed by Vera’s acrobatic skills and take-charge command of her game.
Inspired by Vera’s example, Carol worked harder to improve her basketball skills, regularly beating her brothers and then making her high school squad. As she had grown, her tall, lanky frame became an asset, giving her a superb hookshot and some rebounding skills. However, her defense needed a bit of a work when it came to a team. Her best defense was just being a body and getting the occasional block.
Carol’s first big break was getting noticed by Greek scouts from the European Furry Basketball League. After some negotiation, aided by convincing from her family, Carol skipped college and went pro, signing a two-year contract with the Heraklion Warriors. She performed decently for them, averaging about 8 points and pulling down 5 rebounds a game her first season in Greece.
The pinnacle of Carol’s amateur career came when she was named to the World Jam squad in the fall of last year. It was a dream come true to work with the vixen that she idolized. She could barely speak when she first met her, only able to congratulate her on her wedding that August. But Carol found that she didn’t want to settle for just meeting her. She wanted to impress Vera, but she wanted to win as well. When practicing for the preliminaries, Vera noticed Carol’s determination and decided to get her and their teammate Ricardo Rodrigues involved as much as possible.
The strategy worked brilliantly. Vera discovered Carol had a lot of potential with her inside moves, soft shooting touch and deceptive speed on fast breaks. With the tall wolfess’s help, Puerto Rico made it all the way to the semi-finals. Her defining moment, though, was one in celebration: when Sebastian Kosciusko’s three pointer at the buzzer missed, Vera screamed with delight and made a beeline to Carol, who grabbed her in a hug and the two hopped and bounced in celebration with Ricardo joining in.
Carol scored 92 points in the World Jam tournament, the top scorer of any non-FBA player. She hopes to score much more in the FBA.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:23 pm
New York City, NY
New York Carnivore/Predator University
Born by a mother who was abandoned by the father, Ellie was used to being alone while her solo parent went to work. She never asked her mother what she did, knowing that in Harlem her mother had to do things that others frowned upon. Due to the nature of her mother's work, there were nights/days where she could not stay in their apartment complex, so the girl discovered the court where she played with those older than her. It was unheard of for a girl her size and age to play with the adults, but she was quick and nimble. By twelve she could run with the best in her neighborhood, and while she never thought about it, there were men and women she could hang with that had once battled the greats of streetball. She could barely maintain her grades in high school, however, and was nearly kicked off the team. The only person to believe in her was her couch, who allowed her to stay at his home when it wasn't safe at her real house. Soon her mother was giving consent for her to stay full time with her coach while she sort out her life, allowing for her daughter to progress further in both her studies and the sport. Her skills translated to official matches, but her loud mouth and rude demeanor forced her to sit on the bench many nights with too many fouls. While she has learned from this and tried to keep her hot head cold, she still has anger and emotional problems that even her coach couldn't wring out of her. Once in college she found herself under stricter treatment, playing for a D-1 school on a small scholarship that allowed her to afford going to it. Her grades slipped and her attitude lead to her getting benched and put in the reserves for most of her first two years. Through strict tutoring by her former coach, still devoted to keeping her on a narrow path, her grades improved and she was allowed to play. Again her attitude was much of her problem, and during her senior year during the tournament, she lost her cool and started fighting after she felt she was intentionally fouled. She was suspended for the tournament, and without her explosive speed and rim attacks her team fell short of leaving the second round.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:25 pm
Van Der Pol University
The older of the Magnano twins (by fifteen minutes), was set to conquer the sports world since day one, at least that’s the answer you’ll get if you ask Sybil and Andrea Magnano, a pair of relatively upscale, well-off workers at the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas. Certainly, on such a town, the bright lights and cultural melting pot made their toll on the mongooses at their young age.
Chantal was always the more energetic of the two mongooses, not afraid to go out and play with the other kids and show off skills when she could butt heads against other students; evidenced by her extensive early collection of marbles and pogs she won from the boys who dared to bet and challenge “the girl”. One would think this was a factor that would drive the sisters apart, but instead of becoming cliquey, it turned into a gateway for the different interests to blend in, in Chantal’s case, finding out that being one of the “pretty girls” wasn’t too shabby. This has led her to develop a “girl-next-door” reputation, able of being “both a girl and a tomboy”, image she doesn't agree on as, in her own words. “I'm me, hun”.
Their vocations seemed to settle when, in middle school, Chantal found herself playing her first scrimmage in the offtime of P.E class and loved every second of it, turning into asking where to sign up for the eventual high school team and asking her parents for everything basketball related so she could master that craft. It wasn’t long until she was a fixture of all basketball related events in Henderson as well as taking various road trips with friends to California to watch several games. The mongoose was in love with the sport, so it was a no-brainer she’d go straight to the basketball tryouts the first day she enrolled at Van Der Pol University in Boulder City once she opted for a Business Administration degree. Her steely determination to do a little bit of everything cemented her as the “wildcard” player in the team, able to keep up with most of the seniors as time passed. But what rocked VDP’s history was when she convinced her sister Danica to get to the tryout next year to hers, and then it was set: With Chantal’s knowledge and Danica’s raw talent, the relatively small university became the talk of Nevada, creating a team chemistry that went practically unmatched on their tenure.
Chantal’s FBA dream was slowly becoming more and more of a distinct possibility; a longshot thought some years ago now a talk of the town in the local sports sites. While her parents strongly recommended her to finish studies first, the mongoose knew she was in peak condition and this would have been her strongest chance to make it in and make it in big. Just as her team was eliminated in March Madness, she expressed interest to declare for the Draft, to outrageous support, widely believed to be the one with the most potential to make it in in the professional leagues in that class.
And, to add push to her statement, her sister Danica declared to the draft two weeks after she did much to Chantal’s and others’ insistence, guaranteeing the “Magnanitude” was going full force this year. With the state on her side, she stepped into the FBA world, anxious to see what will become of her.
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Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:30 pm
Owner: Stryker Fox
Lake Tahoe, CA
Fur Bay State
Chester never had the appreciation and love from his father. His brother was more favored by the father. He tried everything that he could do to please his father but nothing was never enough for him. The only thing that he kept doing despite of all the hardships that his father gave him was basketball. It was his outlet to cope with his father’s harsh words. He always felt that he couldn’t make his father proud and would deserve scoldings or beatings with a stick whenever he did something wrong. The ferret always believed that there was always something good coming out of the situation. One day, through shocking news, his brother told him privately that their father was seeing a woman overseas. Plus, his brother told him that he doesn’t have to be afraid of him any more. Also, he can’t tell him what to do anymore.
Chester was confused by what his brother meant but the more he didn’t see his father, the better he felt and the more possibilities opened up to him. He didn’t have to feel restricted and truly live his life. He was free from his father’s presence. His father didn’t have the nerve or the guts to speak to him regarding any wrongdoing for false accusation.
He focused on his basketball potential and his coaches from his high school noticed a significant change in his playing ability that he kept the other team from scoring from all the rebounds he was able to retrieve. In his high school career, he won two MVP awards and the most improved player.
He ventured to Fur Bay State and brought along with his basketball skills and the coaches were marveled at how good his post defense is. He basically kept himself above the game and even blocked some shots from taller players than his own. He kept himself composed and focused on the game, even though they haven’t made it in the FCAA. A scout approached him in his senior year and inquired him about the possibility of joining the FBA. He would be useful with his great strength and exceptional rebound ability. Then on, he dedicated himself to playing in the FBA with his whole heart and hope to shine the world with his positive attitude and great skill.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:32 pm
San Francisco, CA
Boston Interspecies University
Courtney, very contrary to her nickname of "happy", has a rather serious demeanor. Perhaps it is because she is a clownfish that people expect her to be funnier than she is.
As it is, however, Courtney is a very focused girl. This perhaps owes to her upbringing in one of the poorer neighborhoods of San Francisco, one that remained close to the water for the various aquatic species that appeared there. Through her whole life, Courtney was drilled by her father to keep working hard: even through their poorer state, her father taught her to keep working hard. This perhaps resulted in her being almost too focused on the task at hand: she kept to herself growing up, as she was the one who usually stayed at home to study instead of going to the movies with friends.
Of course, her parents did attempt to help her get friends: they enrolled her in a basketball class outside of the aquatic school she attended, with the hope that it would give her friends that she lacked in school. She did not take to most of the people on her team, but as soon as she picked up the ball, she proved to be a natural at the sport. She quickly became one of the most accurate shooters among her basketball playing friends, and her extreme focus on bettering herself only continued to improve her sharpshooting. Her social life did not improve much, but her focus eventually helped her attain opportunities she might not have acquired otherwise, leading up all the way to a basketball scholarship that brought her to the other end of the country at Boston Interspecies University.
There, her skillset only improved as she worked her way through several degrees. She found that basketball was the only constant across her entire college career: everything else was always changing, before she finally settled on aquatic architecture. She is not certain she will ever use her degree, however, and so she submitted her name into the draft, as she focused on her game her whole life. She only hopes her extreme focus on her game would be enough to get her into the FBA...
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:35 pm
Daisuke is the 3rd son of Hiro Tenno, Owner founder and CEO of Tenno technologies. One of the largest technology companies in Japan based in Nagasaki. They develop new computing systems, vehicles and so on and so forth. And recently they've begun development on new prosthetic limbs that might one day lead to actual cybernetic limbs. But that's still a long way off.
Daisuke has recently finished collage, and his father wanted him to return to Japan to take up a position in the R&D department of the company. Knowing that Daisuke is very smart and would be a great benefit. But Daisuke had a passion that he had always kept from his father. Daisuke loved Basketball, a sport that has never really been all that popular in japan, and wanted nothing more then to play it professionally in the FBA.
During his time in all forms of school Daisuke had loved sports, but as a child he had always struggled with reading and in some cases writing. The result of which gave him very low self esteem. Despite his many attempts of trying to bolster himself he always ended with failure which caused his self esteem to lower even further. By the time he saw the try out notice for his school basketball team the young squirrel was almost on the verge of giving up completely.
However a good friend who was doing well in class suggested that he should give the sport a try. As he often used it to focus himself and he became better in school because of it. Relenting Daisuke decided it was worth a shot. Once he got out on the court, given the ball and made his first basket, for which he was applauded, he felt something that he hadn't for a long time, hope.
As such Basketball became very important to him far more then any else, and he made it his life goal to be the best he could be. As it had finally given him something he could be good at. In High school he made sure he signed up for the schools team the first time the option became available. He very quickly proved his passion by surpassing the coaches expectations, excelling in the small forward position. Racking up point after point during the practice games and against rival schools.
During this time he told his father that he was playing Basketball in school. Hiro smiled and nodded as his energetic son described, with almost perfect recall, how a winning game played out. All the while Hiro thought that Daisukes obsession with Basketball was a simple phase and eventually he would outgrow it. Hiro saw there was some promise in Daisuke playing basketball as it did indeed help him focus and improve in school. Hiro never imagined that it would take over his sons' passion.
After High school Daisuke applied to, and was accepted by, UFLA in Las Angeles. While Hiro thought it was for the science courses it offered, Daisuke was far more interested in the sports department, namely Basketball. Once again he signed up for the Basketball team the moment the sign up sheets were posted. Once again wowing the coach and other aspirants.
Upon returning home from Graduation he informed his father that he would rather join the FBA then the company. Hiro was furious. He was appalled by the very notion of his son refusing to join the company. They argued long into the night, Daisuke defending his choices and how he, as a youngest son, should be free to make his own decisions and live his own life. while Hiro went so far as to accuse his son of being unable to care from himself, let alone make his own decisions. Hiro even added that Daisuke was not good enough to join the league. That he would fail and come crawling back. By the end of their argument Hiro decided to wash his hands of Daisuke and his Basketball nonsense with the words "I don't care that you want this. I have other sons to take after my name. Leave." This caused strong friction between the two. Daisuke having been all but disowned.
Unable to convince his father, Daisuke contacted some friends he had made in America who agreed to let him stay with them. Then he packed his bags and left, knowing that he would be cut off from any financial support from his family.
Daisuke was torn. On the one paw he wanted to keep doing what he loved, by continuing to play Basketball. But on the other he hated the rift that it caused between him and his father. But each time he thought such things he would remember what his father had said to him, and that made Daisuke even more determined to prove his father wrong.
Before he could do that however he had to master life in America. He had experienced some of it in his time in UFLA but then he had his own dorm room and he never really left the campus. Now however he had to learn to truly live like an American and learn how to fit in, it did not come easy at all. Knowing the more he did the further it would drive him away from his family and heritage.
Since he left Japan there have been several attempts by his family to contact him. Daisuke did not know if they were from his two older brothers, Singen or Noburo, or his father. In the end it didn't matter. Each attempt went unanswered. If his family wanted to talk to him they would have to do it face to face.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:37 pm
Van Der Pol University
The younger of the Magnano twins (by fifteen minutes), was set to glamorize the world since day one, at least that’s the answer you’ll get if you ask Sybil and Andrea Magnano, a pair of relatively upscale, well-off workers at the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas. Certainly, on such a town, the bright lights and cultural melting pot made their toll on the mongooses at their young age.
Both of them were blossoming into strong young women, but it was evident that her sister, while gearing more towards the world of sports, Danica steered more into the habitual likes of girls her age instead: Looking pretty, learning how to use makeup properly, fashion magazines, staying fit, boys, you name it, quickly becoming one of the popular girls at school, as the most knowledgeable of the latest trends and the celebrity world.
The bright side of having a sports-oriented sibling was that it was a perfect match to the “fitness guru” image Danica was attracted to and wanted to cultivate, with the sisters bonding over fitness and physical conditioning at first. But for the mongoose, it was all about to change one day when her sister’s scrimmage team was running a fur short. Danica refused at first, but at her seasoned sister’s insistence, she took the court, and it was gold. It was almost like she came with a precision aim incorporated, as she was a menace in the woods. As her sister got more into the sport on her high school trajectory, the inspiration was planted in Danica’s mind, growing to like basketball as the years came by.
Their vocations seemed to settle when, at age 15, Danica signed up and won Miss Teen Nevada, going ahead to place second runner-up at Miss Teen USA 2011. The mongoose’s life was all about the glitz and glamour and, when they were done with high school, Danica opted to enroll at the Van Der Pol University in Boulder City for a degree in Exercise Science with some minors on fashion design on the sideline, as her sister continued her studies and immediately enrolled in the basketball team. At her sister’s insistence, she attended the next round of tryouts, effectively blowing the coach out of the water at her natural ability at the Three Point line, enough for her to get a small role at first, evergrowing as the sisters worked together, making VDP one insistent state rival, with a team chemistry that was nigh impossible to match.
And so the university became the talk of the region, boasting in having a set of identical twin sisters in their roster. While unexpected, the attention certainly tickled Danica’s fancy, opting to stick with her sister on this part of her life and making sure her natural skill didn’t decline a bit, the chemistry between the two working wonders on the court. Chantal planned, Danica followed, but she shooted, she scored, and so, they would yield amazing results
The FBA was a constant dream and goal for her sister, who declared for the FBA draft as the semester started to wrap up, but Danica pondered for some time. While she heavily enjoyed her own bubble of interests, the prospect of being catapulted into continent-wide notoriety was extremely attractive. Adding to the fact most of her teammates and coach agreed she had the skills both on and off court to not only compete, but to stand out, she declared to the draft two weeks after Chantal did, guaranteeing the “Magnanitude” was going full force this year.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:40 pm
Maine Interspecies College
Doug is the firstborn and only child of Larry and Ruthie Dawson, born on a stormy night in early September. Doug had the standard care and privileges that came with middle-class parents, with his mother being a part-time nurse while Larry coached the local school's football team. However, things were not as blissful as they seemed to the young cub, and Doug was 4-years-old when his parents finalized a divorce, with Larry being granted custody of Doug while Ruthie turned her attention to working on her career instead. After several long months of cancelled weekends and missed dinners with Doug, Larry finally accepted his ex-wife's disinterest in family life and moved himself and his young son back to his hometown of Cumberland, Maine.
Doug was always known to his peers as a friendly but quiet cub, traits that extended into his teenage years. Though he was hardly what one would consider a 'popular' student in middle and high school, Doug's easy, soft-spoken personality made him very likable to his classmates. He had many furs he considered friends but none he was particularly close with, and so he often struggled with his own problems by himself. One of said problems was his blooming sexuality.
Since the beginning of his teenage years Larry had been trying to urge his son to join the school's football team, but Doug's lack of interest and little talent when it came to the contact sport kept that dream nothing but a dream. However, Doug was often dragged along to observe his father's coaching sessions, and during that time he found himself much more interested in the physical features of the players instead of to the game, and found himself particularly drawn to Ricky Walters , a dingo linebacker that Doug often caught staring at him. Between attending practices, games and the team get-togethers his father hosted at their home, Doug struck up a friendship with Ricky, a friendship that soon blossomed into a secret relationship that lasted a little less than a year. Though Doug was the one that insisted on keeping them a secret, a small part of him always felt like a dirty secret. Despite this he was happy, until one evening, when he slipped into the locker room to see Ricky after the final game of the season, and they were walked in on by his father.
That night was not a good one for Doug, with his biggest regret being that he panicked and ran, leaving Ricky and his father behind, and for a couple days after he avoided his father like the plague, only learning through classmates that Ricky had suddenly quit the football team. Being two years younger than him, Doug and Ricky shared no classes, and there were no more games or practice matches to attend. But being ashamed and afraid of what would happen, Doug chose to avoid Ricky as well, ignoring both calls and e-mails from him, and the last time that Doug saw Ricky was at his graduation. Ricky left town to attend college shortly afterwards, leaving Doug with regret, a broken heart, and a suddenly distant father.
To say that Doug's outed sexuality caused a rift between him and his father would be an understatement. He expected more of an angry outburst from his father, and wasn't sure if he was relieved or not to see that his father was simply choosing to ignore it, saying that he would "tolerate it as long as he didn't see it". Though part of Doug was relieved at the lack of any real confrontation, he also viewed it as his father's continued refusal to accept him for who he was. Doug then chose to ultimately keep his sexuality a secret.
With his home life becoming nothing but a quiet, strained environment and many of his friends preparing to move as their senior graduation grew closer, Doug searched for any distractions he could, and eventually found that distraction in the form of an old basketball court. Despite it being a relatively small neighborhood, there were streetball games nearly every day, and Doug spent several weeks observing them, and practicing the moves he'd seen during the day once everyone had cleared out for the night, and he was eventually invited by one of the smaller groups to join them for a quick game. Within that single game, Doug was addicted.
Basketball struck a chord in him in a way that his football attempts never had. The last few months of high school seemed to blur past him, with Doug powering through his end-of-the-year assignments as quickly as he could each day before heading towards the court, where he would spend hours learning and playing against others, and when the weather prevented them from playing Doug would spend his time working out, either at the local gym or by using some of his father's old equipment. Unexpectedly, Doug's sudden attention towards sports and his daily work-outs seemed to extend a small olive branch with his father, and it became clear that he approved of his son "acting like a man now". Doug wasn't happy with it, but he went along with it for the sake of lessening the tension between them, and was genuinely grateful when his father bought him proper basketball shoes and even a new set of weights better suited to him.
His senior graduation came and went, and with it came sudden indecision. Though a skilled ball player who was quickly making a name for himself in the small town, Doug did regret never joining a sports team when he had a chance and missing out on the occasional talent scouts that came by. Never the less, basketball continued to be a growing passion of his. At his father's insistence he attended a community college for two years, getting an Associates in General Studies, but he did take the opportunity to join the basketball team as well, since playing a few hours on a street court every night wasn't enough for him anymore.
With the help of his team and seasoned coaches, Doug's steadily improving talent was slowly but surely molded into something special over the course of the next couple years. Having switched around between several positions while playing in his hometown, Doug ran through several practice games, filling in various spots until they finally found one that clicked: Shooting Guard.
Though not the biggest or fastest guy on the court, Doug was soon a force to be reckoned with. He was decent when it came to steals and assists, but his best weapon on the court proved to be his scoring rate. Throughout his college career he rarely missed a free throw shot, and would often secure a victory for his team thanks to his high success rate when it came to 3-pointers, sometimes even winning thanks to a well-timed buzzer beater, and his own personal record that he hopes to someday beat is scoring 17 points in a single game.
By the time his college career was coming to an end, Doug was becoming known as one of the most talented college-level shooting guards in the entire state, even being named the MVP of several games. Unwilling to see such a talented player graduate with no long-term goals, it was then that his favored coach brought the annual FBA draft to Doug's attention.
Though Doug had been a fan of the FBA ever since his passion for basketball peaked, Doug initially laughed at the thought of someone like him becoming a professional-level player, but was surprised when everyone around him at the time voice their unanimous agreement with his coach's suggestion, including his own father. The idea seemed to put more pressure on Doug than anything, but as he finished off his Associate's Degree he found himself unable to shake the idea from his mind, and he began to seriously consider taking the road towards the world of professional basketball.
Finally, as a fresh college graduate, Doug returned to his hometown but rather than settle back into his old, comfortable routine, Doug spent the next year taking the FBA idea seriously, throwing himself into his practice and work-outs. Since Doug's passion for sports seemed to be the only common ground he and his son had, even if it wasn't his father's favored sport, Larry eventually hired a personal trainer for Doug, a walrus named Jerry Higgins, who helped him train to improve on his weaknesses and and bulk up but also made sure that he didn't burn himself out.
Jerry proved to be an outstanding figure in Doug's life, both as a trainer and as a pseudo-father figure, with Doug quickly growing far more comfortable with Jerry than he had ever been with his own father.
Now, for the first time in his life, Doug is sure about what direction he wants his life to take, striving to put his regrets and doubts behind him as he sets his eyes and heart on the path towards the FBA.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:43 pm
Tanzanian Tailless Whip Scorpion
Port Salerno, FL
Florida Anthropodan and Molluscan
From an early age growing up in Port Salerno, Emmitt was working with his family around the fishing boat his father worked on and the fish market that other members of his family worked at. Living and working in a community of tight-knit Arthropods helped give Emmitt a stable homelife, and a strong work ethic. One thing Emmitt enjoyed the most as a small child was helping to unload some of the fish from the boat by either tossing or catching the slippery creatures. Eventually when he became interested enough in sports, he started to play basketball. After starting to play on the highschool roster, Emmitt found himself to be pretty adept at playing as a forward, and particularly at rebounding, making crucial baskets when his other teammates came up short or hit the wrong part of the rim.
Eventually he would graduate and go to Florida Anthropodan and Molluscan, and would continue playing basketball on the college team. His efforts didn't go unnoticed as he was spotted by a FBA scout, and suggested he put his name into the current draft.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:46 pm
Finnish Forest Reindeer
Erik Toivonen had the fortune of being born into a family of athletes, at least from his father’s side. At a very young age of 2, he started putting small basketballs into small hoops during play time with his parents, and growing up in a sports environment has shaped him greatly into the person he is in the present. But it was also stressful for some part of his childhood, as his father, then current EFBL star Blake Toivonen was traded and moved his family across Europe. Erik found it tough to make friends during his early childhood, moving around almost constantly, but it helped him draw closer to his father, as he got a close look at his dad’s teams from courtside, watching his dad make plays and win games. While he wasn’t studying, Erik would hang out with his dad at practice, even getting a few private lessons from the coaches. Erik felt happy, as he took those lessons with enthusiasm, prompting him to practice at home and at school.
It was tough for the Toivonens to stay somewhere for more than a year for quite some time. It prompted for Erik’s mother to home-school him for the time being. Years later, his father Blake decided that his professional basketball career was not going beyond Europe, due to his knee problems, thus prompting their move to Helsinki, as Blake signed a 3-year contract with the Norsemen, so he could finally settle down with his family back in his home country and help Erik get a good education, as his mother was tired of home-schooling him. Erik was then able to integrate himself into the Finnish public schooling system full-time, and sign up for a local sporting club’s basketball program. It was then that Erik’s talent began to shine.
The young reindeer felt happy, as he finally found home in Finland. It helped elevate his game to a new level, as he outplayed his opponents in many games with his athleticism and court awareness, thanks to the many practice lessons from his father and EFBL coaches, emphasizing fun in sport. During middle school and early high school, Erik propelled his school to several local championships, being one of the tallest and most athletic players the Finnish capital has seen. After four consecutive school championships, Erik was invited to the U16 national team. It was a struggle for Erik to adjust to a more intense game, after having spent many years in the community league dominating the field. He came very close to missing the cut after messing up during a friendly match against Sweden that caused his side to lose, but the coach reconsidered after a long chat with the young reindeer. Erik was already 6’ 6” tall at the age of 15. His speed and skill for his size were a sight to behold, as he was able to keep up with fast and agile guards, while going toe to toe with the bigger centers and forwards. Despite his leaner size, it proved to be tough for large opponents to knock him over.
That second chance inspired Erik to become better and he began to work out and exercise more intensely, keeping his lean frame as best as he could, rather than bulking up like his father did. Blake was in agreement of this, as his own size caused him to have knee problems during the progress of his pro career. Erik was enrolled into the national basketball program that balanced school with sport, helping his chances to be recognized on an international level. His first European tournament went less than stellar for the Finnish team as they were eliminated in the group stage by Spain and France, but Erik managed to keep his team within striking distance of a win over the tournament favourites, surprising many journalists that Finland can produce great basketball players.
For the next few years, Erik would switch between living in Helsinki for school at the Athletic Institute, and Oulu to stay with his family during the summer and practice with his father. His mother received a great job prospect in Oulu, which also allowed Blake to move closer to his family in Lapland, and continue his work as an agent for a handful of EFBL talents.
But things turned sour after Erik’s 16th birthday, as his parents filed for divorced after a fight that lasted for weeks, showing Mila’s distrust for Blake, which threw Erik for a loop. Erik was crushed and was forced to take a week-long break as he couldn’t focus on playing. It was then that Erik decided to balance his basketball sessions with music, taking guitar lessons outside of school to help him distract from his parents’ divorce.. It would prove to be a hobby Erik took on since then, playing grunge and hard rock songs in his bedroom when he wasn’t holding a ball in his hand.
As high school approached its end, more opportunity came for Erik to advance his athletic skills even further, as the Furry Athletic Institute of Finland was contacted by Bedrock University in Minnesota to recruit Erik into their basketball program on a scholarship. Conveniently, his father Blake received an offer to work in the FBA after building up an impressive resume over several years in European basketball. But his mother Mila did not like the idea, her insecurities showing, which made Erik realize she wasn’t the mother he had hoped she was. After reconciling, Erik and Blake packed their bags and headed off to America. The young reindeer soon entered Bedrock’s college team, who looked to make it to the FCAA tournament for the first time in 10 years. Despite being Minnesota’s biggest university campus, the team fell short many times, losing in several conference finals. The team was in rough shape after a disastrous season before, and the coaching staff hoped that recruiting Erik, a great talent out of a non-traditional basketball country, would give the student athletes a necessary spark. They had a great hunch, as Erik would take it on himself to win the starting spot at 5 and propel himself to a great surprise player for many FCAA journalists and a few FBA scouts.
Erik’s freshfur year had a great run, as the team would once again go to the Midwest Conference final only to lose to a strong side in Canis Lupus, despite Erik’s best efforts and a 22-point game from the big young reindeer. The following week, he was offered a spot in the 2015 FBA Draft, but on the advice from his father and coach, he opted out. He would enter a second year at Bedrock to develop further in the American collegiate level to better his chances at a professional career.
Erik spent the summer training and competing in the U20 Eurobasket with Finland. The squad reached great success with Erik, winning a bronze medal over host Germany in a dramatic game that saw the Finnish squad prevail with great defensive effort lead by the reindeer’s team-leading 15 rebounds. Toivonen felt revitalized from his European success and took that into his sophomore year at Bedrock. It would prove to be a great recipe for Erik, as he lead the team with 18.8 PPG, 10.6 RPG and 2.4 BPG. Erik put the team on his shoulders at the 2016 Midwest Conference final against Prairie Valley, putting on a huge defensive effort against a predator-heavy team, earning himself a game MVP award and punching Bedrock’s ticket to the FCAA tournament, sending the state of Minnesota in euphoria.
There was a brief moment of shock as Erik went through a phase of depression due to unexpected events before the tournament, but he was able to cope with it, thanks to support from his team and coaches (future The Courage to Grow chapter will explain said event). He went on to put up the performance of his life, helping Bedrock tremendously with a 25-point, 12-rebound effort as they stunned heavy favourites, Number 2 seeded Ursa State by 1 point to move to the next round. It came at quite a cost, as Erik was bumped and shoved quite a lot during the game, but that didn’t rattle his spirit.
Bedrock faced Wyoming Herd in the next round, and it would prove to be a difficult task. Bedrock was a much smaller team compared to the bovines and cervines of the opposition. But Erik would elevate his talents once more, putting another double double on his tap, as Wyoming Herd was defeated 68-65, and Bedrock was headed to the Sweet Sixteen.
Unfortunately, this is where the Cinderella story ended for Bedrock. Despite the team’s best efforts and yet another stellar effort by Erik, the team fell short, as Equine Heights beat Bedrock 64-55. Erik managed to credit himself with another double double, 16 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort. The young reindeer wowed a national crowd with his finesse, strength and endurance, that helped his team elevate to another level. Erik put Bedrock back on the elite College basketball map, and that’s all they could ask of him.
In May 2016, he received FBA draft application papers from his coach. He was ready to take the next step.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:49 pm
Owner: Alex Furz
Born near the coasts of Mexico, Francisco had a tough life through childhood especially during school. His parents were poor and struggled with money to fund Francisco for education up until seventh grade.
After being bullied from Junior High he was expelled from and was lead to depression which drove him into thieving and smuggling at the age of fifteen. This led to him joining a gang in the local areas of Monterrey.
At first the opossum thought he was doing the right thing by helping his family, to help get a better future for them, but this was nowhere near as to what he imagined. One night at the streets of Isaac Garza, Francisco was caught by the Federal Police as the gang mobbed a building and was arrested for smuggling jewellery.
Garibay was sentenced for 4 years in prison and was emotionally dejected, he spent time playing Prison Ball where the inmates would play, his attitude in the game was loud and rough lead by emotion throughout his life.
After finally being released out of prison at the age of nineteen, Francisco would learn the valuable lessons of what he did wrong in the past and overcome the mistakes he made. He began playing basketball across the street with a few people and discovered his own potential as he played the game.
He felt more of an aggressive player due to his past and use that emotion as an advantage in order to give him confidence, as he carried on playing a few days during the week he managed to make friends with the people he carried on seeing whilst being in the streets. His felt that his life was slowly piecing back together and turned over a new leaf.
His desire for criminalisation was finally erased and his motivation was to try and be a basketball player, In doing so he decided to head down to Universidad Del Yucatan in order to start studying again and try to overcome his time in prison and get well in doing sports. Playing Prison Ball helped him change his ways completely especially friendship. Now, his main target was to become an FBA player.
Re: 2016 FBA Draftee Biographies
Posted: August 12th, 2016, 9:52 pm
Gleximar Dubraska Naranjo Ontivero learned to fend for herself from an early age. Ever since elementary at a girls-only school, she was ostracized for not being pretty, her large frame not to the standards of the cutthroat Venezuelan society. Bad teeth, balding fur, big body, a complete 180 degree from what is deemed desirable, many crossing her off as a lost cause.
Growing big and, according to the country’s astronomical beauty standards, unsightly didn’t affect her upbringing a bit, embracing her large and unusual looks as… in maybe not the best way possible, since she embraced brash and bullying ways to get what she wanted, getting her at more troubles in school than what was worth. She knew she wasn’t the prettiest or what the boys wanted, so she kicked that to the curb and decided to let her ‘butch lowlife’ image speak for herself, regardless of whatever others would say.
On her “non-girly” interest was, without a doubt, basketball. After school she’d hang you and play on the court, her style almost reminiscent of American football at first, but the truth is that she was as unmovable as she was “de rancho” (ghetto). Loud, brash and not taking anything from anyone, she was the talk of the town shortly after. And she kept going at basketball literally every day she could, for it really made her felt right for once, being intimidating enough to earn her her nickname, which means "lady thug"
After the ever growing incidents and brawls she got at supermarkets to guarantee she’d get the goods her family needed and enough fights over public transport and money drama, she realized this wasn’t going to cut it for her life and, in a quite brazen decision, decided to make herself eligible for the FBA draft. Whatever it took to improve her lifestyle, even if she had to cut a… you know the phrase.