Jack Howell

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Jack Howell
(Wolf, F/C)
ID#268
Jack Howell.jpg
Illustrated by Paperplane
No. 00 – Retired
Position Bigfur
Species Wolf ( Canidae )
Gender Male
Nickname(s)
Doc Pass
Personal information
Born Cambridge, MA
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 212 lb (96 kg)
Shoots Right
Career information
FBA draft 2003 / Round: 1
Selected by the Montana Howlers
Pro playing career 2003–2016
Career history
2003-2007 Montana Howlers
2007-2010 Stanislaus Thrust
2010-2011 Kansas City Clefs
2011-2012 Galveston Sand Dollars
2012-Oct 2012 Albany Alphas
Oct 2012-2013 Kansas City Clefs
2013-2016 Texas Lone Stars
Contract information
Contract year 2012
Player Contacts
(IC) Agent Buck Hopper
(OOC) Creator Unknown
(OOC) Actor Unknown
(OOC) Usage Ask me before any use

Jackson Pollock "Jack" Howell is a retired male wolf big fur who last played for the Texas Lone Stars.

Biography

Jackson Pollock Howell was born into the wealthy and powerful Howell family, one of the few feral families held in high regard in modern American furry society. With European ancestors reaching back to before the Revolution, Howell wolves made up some of the first governors of Massachusetts, with many streets throughout the state being named after them. Of particular importance is their influence on Harvaardwak University, where generations of Howells have studied and taught.

The third of four pups to a college professor father and a university administrator mother, Jack was surrounded by the educational system from birth. An education enforcer, Jack's father expected all of his pups to study at Harvaardwak for their eventual Ph.Ds, and drilled educational discipline into them from the start of school. For Jack, it was no different, but his father couldn't hide the fact that unlike his brothers and sisters, Jack grew to a sensational height, over 6' 6" by his senior year of high school. The towering wolf was highly recruited by his high school coach, and while Jack's father resisted letting his son play, he eventually yielded, giving young Jack his first taste away from the classroom and playing with a sports team.

It turned out to be a drug he couldn't shake. Fascinated by the sport and loving the camaraderie of a sports team, Jack divided his time between studies and sports. His interest in sports rankled his father, who fought with him bitterly to keep him on track toward college. Jack did not fail him, as he passed all the entrance exams and was accepted into Harvaardwak University, where once again he was recruited by the school basketball team, the wolf quickly reaching his final height of 6' 10". Once more, he divided his time between the two, struggling to keep his grades up as he trained hard in the sport, but since he was not playing on a sports scholarship, he was kept in the classroom through a sense of obligation to his tuition-paying parents.

After completing both a bachelor's and a master's degree at Harvaardwak, Jack was faced with a big decision. Already at the very oldest age he could feasibly be considered for professional sports, his father pressed him to enter a Ph.D program with the school. Instead, he became the only one of his brothers and sisters to break rank and leave college, submitting his name into the 2003 Draft. Reportedly, his father was furious with his decision, but powerless to stop his son. Jack was chosen late in the first round by the Montana Howlers.

Playing with the Howlers

Entering the FBA was always stressful for Jack, who wrangled with guilt over leaving school and breaking from his father's wishes. That guilt became worse as his rookie year with the Howlers became a nightmare. Montana, still on their "savages" kick wanting to bring big, vicious predators into their roster, only wanted Jack for being a towering large wolf. But where they hoped to get a snarling beast, they got a quiet, thoughtful and highly intelligent wolf, acting more domestic than most domestics. That turned into frustration from the team, with his snarling teammates teasing the nerdy wolf, bullying him frequently. He received some support from Kwaku Bbwaddene, another thoughtful mind, but where Kwaku succeeded in recreating himself as a snarling monster, Jack was not able to. He likely would have been dropped after his rookie contract had an injury not forced the team to use him in the playoffs, where his skills began to shine.

Power forwards are not known for passing usually, but Jack proved he was one of the finest passers in the history of the sport. With his long, strong arms and big hands, he could easily palm and sling the ball in any direction. And his exceptional floor vision allowed him to see openings and open players more quickly than anyone else. Finally came his passing technique. Some reporters have suggested his degree in physics helped him learn how to pass the ball, sometimes giving the ball spin so it redirects on a bounce pass or bouncing the ball off his own elbow for a behind-the-back redirection. He's denied it, saying it's all techniques he's taught himself playing the game and taking special interest in passing the ball. Regardless, he showed a extraordinary affinity for passing from his position, and he quickly broke passing records for a power forward in the FBA.

Playing with the Thrust

When Buck Hopper was injured by Julio Onca and the FBA handed Slasher a one year suspension, the Howlers were desperate to get a strong power forward in his absence. They pleaded with the Stanislaus Thrust for the return of Charles Yotechuk, a brilliant MVP athlete. Head coach Don Von Wasser was willing to trade and had his eye on the slick-passing Howell. A trade was made, bringing Jack to Stanislaus, where he was matched up with another new signing, the young sniper out of the Czech Republic Jakub Lyška. Together, the "Jack and Jak Show" would be one of the strongest pairings in the FBA, with Jack's ability to perfectly pass out of the post to the awaiting sniper in the woods resulting in big points for the team. Their talents helped drive the team to a Finals appearance in 2009, where in Game 6, Howell shattered a Finals assists record.

The loss of the Finals to the Huntsville Mayors hit hard, and soon Howell would be traded again, this time to start a part of his career of being bounced around the league multiple times. First with the Kansas City Clefs, then the Galveston Sand Dollars, the Albany Alphas, then back to the Clefs briefly before finally settling with the Texas Lone Stars.

Playing with Texas

Howell is reunited with Lyška in their new home in Austin, TX. While the team has so far failed to energize, the young club has seen a surge of rookie talent and veteran help, particularly with the signing of Buck Hopper, bringing back 3/5ths of the starting line of the 2009 Western Conference Champions.

Playing Style

Jack Howell is a very unusual power forward in that he concentrates most heavily on the pass. His signature move is to push back the defender from the post up, spin around for the fake, then use a kick to find the wide open player on the perimeter after drawing the defense into the kennel. When he does score, he's comfortable with mid-range shots, more than ones from under the basket, though his tall, lanky body is very effective coming out of the post up.

Howell refuses to dunk. Even when he has a fast break and no defenders, Howell always jumps to bring the ball over the hoop and drops it in without forcing it down with his paws. In interviews, he's mentioned that he finds dunks to be unnecessary and unreliable, a thought given more credence after the double-dunk failure by Klaus Korber.

Howell has worn his hair in an Afro since before he entered the FBA Draft. He claims his hair does it naturally, and he takes no special care of it save for regular trims.

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