Harmonie Okayu

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Harmonie Okayu
(Rhinoceros, F/G)
ID#1104
No. 7 – Alaska Arctics
Position Swingfur
Species Rhinoceros ( Rhinocerotidae )
Gender Female
Personal information
Born (1997-07-26) July 26, 1997 (age 22)
Yaounde, Cameroon
Nationality
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Shoots Right-handed
Career information
School Acadiana University
FBA draft 2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Alaska Arctics
Pro playing career 2019–present
Career history
2019 - present Alaska Arctics
Contract information
Contract year 2019
2020 Salary $3 million
2021 Salary $3 million
Player Contacts
(IC) Agent Lazarus Otter
(OOC) Creator Lazarus Otter
(OOC) Actor Unknown
(OOC) Usage Ask me before any use

Biography

Harmonie Okayu was the second of two children born in her family; she is roughly four years younger than her brother Ogun, who is currently playing in the FBA. The Okayus were from what would be considered a middle-class neighborhood, as father Amosa worked in construction, while mother Adela was a nurse at the largest hospital in Yaounde, the capital city of their native Cameroon. While mother and father set a good example for their little girl, Harmonie looked up to her brother just as much as them.

It wasn't long before she was following Ogun off to play, and like most young Africans at the time, that meant playing soccer. Unlike Ogun, Harmonie enjoyed playing offense more than defense and was more inclined to try and score goals. She found that she was pretty good at it, and tried out for the local youth club in her neighborhood at age 8, but the young rhino's life would change dramatically at that point. It was then that Amosa would lose his life in a construction accident, and Adela would lose her job as the hospital she worked at would close its doors. So Adela would take Harmonie and Ogun and move to the United States, settling down in New Orleans with a high school teacher named David Newstead.

When Newstead, who was also his school's basketball coach, took Ogun under his wing, Harmonie was naturally not far behind. She quickly learned how to shoot the ball and was good at it, but hated when Ogun kept blocking her shots. So she started learning how to shoot from far away so that her older brother couldn't get to her in time...and by the time she was ready for high school, she had developed into an excellent long-range shooter. Of course, she would hit her growth spurt and reach her full height at 15, to which she learned how to drive to the basket and take closer shots. Through Newstead's tutelage, Harmonie would finish her high school career second in all-time scoring...behind only brother Ogun. And like Ogun, she committed to Acadiana University in order to stay close to home, especially after Adela suffered a stroke early in 2015.

Harmonie would start her stint at Acadiana on the bench behind a pair of seniors at small forward, her natural position. She hardly got into any of the games, but she did average 5.3 points in the games she got in, which would set the tone for her college career. The following season would see her pick up her scoring average to 8.9, while grabbing 5 rebounds and doling out 5 assists per game as her overall game would improve dramatically. The Acadians would make it to the FCAA tournament and reach the Sweet Sixteen, but were soundly defeated by perennial powers Lapine State. In the 2017-18 season, Harmonie would reach double-digits in points at 10.7, and while her assists would go down to 4.4, she took some of Ogun's advice on rebounding to heart and saw her average rise to 7.1, while leading the Acadians to a second straight Sweet Sixteen. This time, they would lose a heartbreaker in overtime to upstart Badger University, a mustelid-centric school in Wisconsin known more for their football and gymnastics programs than basketball, on a last-second 3-pointer.

Determined to not go out on such a sour note, Harmonie would come back for her senior season as team captain. Under her leadership, Acadiana would win their conference tournament for the first time since 2006 as the rhino would average 15.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, as well as picking up in the assists category, her average rising back up to 5.2. They finished the season 25-4, and would make it all the way to the Elite Eight, avenging their loss to Badger in the second round. But once again, they would fall victim to an upset as the Acadians lost a back-and-forth affair to New Mexico P&T, where Harmonie missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game with 5.3 seconds left. While she was disappointed after the 78-73 defeat, she did not openly show it, and instead thanked her coaches and teammates for making the previous four years ""the best years a girl could possibly have."" Now she looks to make a name for herself in the FBA, where she looks to join her big brother among the league's - and the world's elite players.