Lee Baraquin

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Lee Baraquin
(Raccoon, C/F)
ID#940
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No. 34 – Queens Pride
Position Bigfur
Species Raccoon ( Procyonidae )
Gender male
Nickname(s)
Crawdad
Personal information
Born (1995-03-18) March 18, 1995 (age 23)
Chicago, IL
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 325 lb (147 kg)
Shoots Right
Career information
School Chicago Bay
FBA draft 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Pro playing career 2016–present
Career history
2016-2018 Las Vegas Wildcards
2018-present Queens Pride
Career highlights and awards
  • FBA All-Star (2018)
  • FBA Rookie All-Star (2017)
Contract information
Contract year 2016
2019 Salary $16 million
2020 Salary $16 million
2021 Salary $16 million
2022 Salary $16 million
Player Contacts
(IC) Agent Unknown
(OOC) Creator Bluebane
(OOC) Actor Bluebane
(OOC) Usage Ask me before any use

Lee Baraquin (born March 18, 1995) is an American basketball player for the Las Vegas Wildcards of the Furry Basketball Association (FBA).

Biography

Lee Baraquin was born in Metairie, Louisiana, the second of two children. His older sister, Antoinette "Toni" Baraquin is two years his senior, and instinctively took to the role of protective big sister from day one. Their mother, Lisette Baraquin, is the daughter of Haitian Creole immigrants, a heritage Lee proudly wears on his sleeve. Their father, Travis Morgan, was a contractor from Chicago who moved to Louisiana on a job, and ended up staying behind after the work was done. Though he and Lisette had been together for several years by the time Lee was born, they never married, and both children would end up taking their mother's last name.

As a child, Lee was on the small side for his age. While this may have otherwise made him a target for bullies, the sheer number of cousins, aunts and uncles on his mother's side of the family ensured that he always had an entourage of protectors. As a result, the young raccoon developed something of a Napoleon complex. This led to trouble, as Lee became something of a hell-raiser. Fortunately, Toni was usually able to step in and get her brother back in line and bail him out of even the worst situations. As time went on, Lee had grown into his frame a bit and calmed slightly, though he was still undisciplined enough that he struggled through school. When he was ten, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina forced Lee, Toni and their parents to relocate to Chicago. There, Travis took a job with his family company and Lisette became a stay-at-home mom. The stresses of relocation began to take their toll on the family, however, and Lee and Toni, who had never known life outside of Metairie away from their family were hit particularly hard. Their mother became despondent over long days alone at home, and soon became prone to bouts of temper that flared into arguments with their father that shook the house with their intensity. Toni, who had always been more adaptive than her younger brother, found ways to distract herself from the growing turmoil at home, and turned to school sports. Lee, already a problem student, began to act out, tormenting his teachers, picking fights with kids twice his size, and pulling pranks that led to to property damage on more than one occasion. In two years, Lee was forced to change schools twice. Two years after their move, Lee's parents had their worst fight yet. For hours, both adults raged at each other, their shouting only interrupted by the occasional shattering of a dish being thrown or the scraping of chairs on the linoleum. Suddenly, everything went silent as Travis stormed out of the house. A day passed, then two, then a week, then more. Lisette was catatonic during this time, leaving Lee and Toni to care for each other.

When their mother finally came to, she was faced with the inevitable poverty that would come with the loss of Travis' income, and took multiple jobs to make ends meet and provide for her children. Despite the pleas of her family back home in Metairie, a stubborn sense of pride kept Lisette firmly rooted in Chicago with her children. Realizing that she wouldn't budge, her siblings began the tradition of bringing Lee and Toni back down to Louisiana for the summers. Slowly, both children began to heal, and Lee became calmer by degrees.

It was during the second of these visits that Toni introduced Lee to basketball. Almost immediately, a change came over the young raccoon. He took to the game like a fish to water. Toni had already been playing for over a year, but within a week, her younger brother was already playing at her level. Soon, Lee could be found shooting hoops in the backyard at all hours of the day, and sometimes he and Toni would sneak out in the middle of the night to play one-on-one in the park to avoid waking up the family. When the summer ended and the siblings returned home to their mother, Lee had grown a foot taller and mellowed out significantly. Lee's mother and sister made a deal with the young raccoon: if he continued to behave and work hard in school, he'd be allowed to try out for a team in high school, and Toni would help him practice. Over the following year before high school, Lee worked harder than ever before. His behavior and his grades improved. All of his free time was dedicated to basketball, and if he wasn't playing a game with friends or shooting hoops with Toni, he could be found reading magazines or checking out FBA news online. When he learned of a particularly famous player to come from Chicago, Healey Davis, he had a new idol, and even though Healey no longer played for them, the Huntsville Mayors became his favorite team to watch.

When Lee entered high school the following year he joined the JV team, but because of his short stature he was put in the role of swingfur. He showed no particular talent for the position, and in practice, whenever his shortcomings came to light, he became frustrated to the point that his play became erratic. As a result, he spent more time on the bench than on the court. Discouraged after a less than stellar first year, Lee began to fear that his dreams were over before they began, and for a time he began to lose his love for the game.

The summer before his Sophomore year, Lee trained harder than he ever had before. While he could have been called obsessed before, now his training consumed every waking moment. If he wasn't eating or sleeping, he was shooting hoops and doing drills. He was so focused that he did not even notice that he'd had a growth spurt and shot up to 6'3" On his return to school, he re-joined the JV team as a center, and his performance improved so greatly, it was as if he was a completely different raccoon. His improved size allowed him to dominate the court with an unbreakable defense, and throwing up impenetrable screens. In his junior year, he moved to the varsity team, where his play style further evolved. Where he really stood out was in his ability with defensive rebounds and sinking field goals. He grew even taller by the start of his senior year and his performance had improved further, thanks to another summer spent practicing almost obsessively.

While his academic performance during high school was un-extraordinary, Lee's performance on the court was exceptional, and after an impressive season culminating in an easy sweep of the state championships, Lee was courted by several schools with impressive basketball programs. He declined all out-of-state offers, and instead opted to stay close to home and attend Chicago Bay, where his sister was a junior. Finally, Lee and Toni played on the same team. For the next two years, both siblings were starters as center and point guard respectively, playing key roles in bringing their team to the championships both years, winning in 2014. It was during this year that Lee set the school record of 40 rebounds in a single game, a record which remains unbroken.

That summer, Lee and Toni took a road trip to New Orleans with several of their friends from the basketball team, where the raccoon's unbridled love of the local seafood delicacies and seemingly bottomless stomach earned him the nickname Crawdad

The next two years saw a further change in Lee's play style. He had grown to his full height of 7'2", and was a force to be reckoned with. However, when fouled, that old temper occasionally flared, and the resulting loss of composure made Lee something of a loose cannon on the court, which nearly ruined his 2014-2015 season. With a lot of practice (and some coaching from Toni, who had moved on to graduate school), he learned to channel that wild energy into a particularly aggressive style of play, which further cemented his college legacy. With his new-found focus, he played a key role in Bringing Chicago Bay to two more championships. As Lee's athletic performance was significantly stronger than his academics, he managed to graduate, but without any sort of honors. Lee knew, however, that his true calling was the FBA, something he'd known with such certainty that it was almost like an ache he had felt in his bones since the first time he had picked up a basketball.

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