|No. 10 – Hawaii Kahunas|
|Species||Golden Jackal ( Canidae )|
January 25, 1997|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||253 lb (115 kg)|
|School||New York Carnivore/Predator University|
|FBA draft||2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall|
|Selected by the Hawaii Kahunas|
|Pro playing career||2019–present|
|2019 - present||Hawaii Kahunas|
|2021 Salary||$3 million|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
A third-generation Italian-American, Austin Gennaro was born as the lone son of restaurant owners, who had just started their business after moving out of Brooklyn. The business did well enough for the family to pay their bills and then some; given that he was the family’s only cherishable asset, he naturally got to eat a lot of homemade food when he was young, and as many a fur can attest to, American Italian cuisine can make you gain a lot of weight if you aren’t careful with the portions. After getting diagnosed with an onset of childhood obesity at age 8, his parents searched for a way for him to get fit again; while soccer had been the family’s traditional favorite sport, the proximity of basketball courts in the area led the dad - and young Austin - to select basketball as that method.
The young jackal was rather clumsy at first in handling the ball, not really getting the hang of it until he’d endured a few bumps, bruises, and crushing defeats. But Austin’s parents had always told him to stand tall against adversity, and never take defeat for granted, a mentality which had stuck with him from his childhood days. So he kept trying. And trying. And he tried until he finally made his first shot. And then he tried until he was finally able to beat someone one-on-one. And then he tried harder. And harder.
By the time Austin had graduated from middle school, he was one of the best players on the school’s team. This also applied when he graduated from high school, where he set the record for most points scored in a single game for his school with 42 points. When a scholarship offer came from New York Carnivore/Predator University for his services, he was in delight.
Austin made a tough decision to give up his beloved root of Italian cuisine as college began and imposed an even stricter regimen onto himself; as his physique improved from a still chubby build to a much lean, muscled one, so did his game. While Mike Rising (Red Wolf, G/F) took away most of the attention from himself during most of his college years, Austin was easily able to profit off the lessened attention and occasionally steal the top scorer position from him, usually when Mike was having a bad day. In Austin’s senior year, however, he struggled to contend with expectations that were set for him as the top scoring asset after Mike’s departure, and averaged less than 10 points per game in the first few games of the season; after a quick trip to the bench, he was able to wrap his season up decently enough, but there are still worries that this final season showed his flaws as a player even before his pro debut.
A self-professed health nut, Austin is focused on all the latest diet fads to make himself one of the most fit players on the court, such as raw foodism and the gluten free diet; however, his teammates and coaches worry that this obsession with his diet may prove detrimental to honing his actual playing skills.
Austin’s primary strength is his ability to get inside the paint with his superior strength, speed, and jumping ability (in that order), and either score or draw a foul from the resulting post play. Having years of practice in these situations, his free throws and one-on-one dribbling ability are also above average as well. He used to have a problem with “burning out” after the first half in high school games, but his new diet regimen has helped improved his endurance to professional level, and he is not afraid to sacrifice his body in tough situations in order to draw a foul or to prevent his opponent from scoring.
His defense, however, still leaves much to be desired despite an attempt at an improvement during his college years. While he can collect rebounds well enough based on his physique, he has always suffered from being at somewhat of a tweener position, and this has stunted his development in both of his post and perimeter defensive skills; he claims that he is slightly better at defending the post, but his peers would say that this difference is… well, slight. His mid-range jump shots have been projected as “barely average” at the pro level, with his three-point shots rated even lower.