|No. 25 – Montana Howlers|
|Species||African Civet ( Viverridae )|
|Skywalker, Skates, Oldskool|
September 26, 1998|
Santa Rosa, California
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|School||Sacramento Valley State University|
|FBA draft||2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall|
|Selected by the Montana Howlers|
|Pro playing career||2019–present|
|2019 - present||Montana Howlers|
|2021 Salary||$1.5 million|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
For Luke Cullen, life began with a basketball in his hands and roller blades on his feet. Named by his Star Wars fanatic father, Luke was born in Santa Rosa, California. Luke’s parents, a once FBA hopeful father, and professional artistic roller skating mother, had their son in an unexpected part of their lives. Nonetheless, they were beyond happy. And even happier at the idea of teaching their son their sports of choice. Though, for the parents, there was no competition of which of their sports their son would pick - instead, they looked to foster both of them in him. To their excitement, from as soon as the civet could speak, he showed interest in both.
Luke’s mother had given up roller skating only a year into marrying Luke’s father. His father had given up his dreams at the FBA as soon as he laid eyes on Luke’s mother. Both wanted to settle down, and at 22 and 33, they thought, “why not?”
Luke’s father, Keith, turned to coaching basketball instead at any school that would take him. His mother, Samantha, turned to using her degree in finance. Before they knew it, their professions had taken over their lives and left no time for any of the ‘settling down’ they’d planned. To postpone their life goals further, Sam suddenly got a job offer to go overseas. The couple were now moving to England. They spent 5 years there before coming back home to California. Another 5 years passed and they found themselves at ages 34 and 45. Samantha being the older of the two, figured there would be no chance of her getting pregnant. Or at least, if she did, there may be complications. To their surprise, Sam not only got pregnant, but had a healthy birth.
Luke’s upbringing was full of wonder. His parents were always willing to show him new things, bring him new places. They even often brought him to work with them (when allowed, of course). At age 10, Luke’s mother and father both saw potential in him with both sports he’d chosen to dedicate his free time to. Of course, when he wasn’t out skating or playing on the courts, he was inside listening to music. Most specifically, the music his parents had grown up with and, in turn, Luke had grown up with. 70’s-80’s music was everything to the young civet. To his parent’s surprise, he’d even started choreographing his own dance routines to certain songs.
At 11, Luke announced to his parents his want in roller skating competitions. They agreed, but before that, the family packed up and moved to Sacramento. It was here in Sacramento that Luke’s journey in artistic roller skating, specifically dance, took off. He was often the youngest at highly regarded competitions. At 15, he had a medals. Nothing to brag about. But at 17, just a year later, he had grown into a phenomenal roller skater. The civet found himself in the National Roller Skating Championships. Of course, the other talent, often older than him, had more experience. Not surprising, but expected, the civet found himself placed only in the middle rankings.
Even despite knowing he may not do the best, but it still being an honor he had made it in to begin with - Luke was disappointed. Often times, when he became frustrated with one sport, he’d turn to the other. He eased up on his roller skating and focused more on basketball in the coming year. Thanks to this, he was able to make a name for himself in his college freshman year. At Sacramento Valley State University, he was able to show off his skills and get on the team. Being as it was his first year there at the college, he was placed as 6th bench. It was good enough for him and, in the coming years, he would move to the team's starting shooting guard position.
His college years were normal. It seemed as though he’d switch primarily to Basketball over Roller Skating. He kept up his roller skating, even getting into smaller competitions every now and then. However, on his 19th birthday, he announced how he’d, in secret, tried out and gotten onto Team USA in the Artistic Skating World Championships. College and his Basketball team were put on hold as the civet turned to devoting all his time to practicing and planning his dances. Luke had a strict rule on his dances which was - he strictly only danced to 70’s and 80’s songs. It was just something that made him unique. After what seemed like years worth of training to him, he flew out to France where the championships were being held.
It was a long and grueling competition. Sometimes it put a hard strain on Luke’s mental health more than anything. If it had not been for his parents backing of him, and his best friend, Cypress, Luke thought he would have lost in round one. However, much to his surprise, it all went by in a blur and he was back on a plane home to Cali.
With him, clutched in hands the entire time, was his Silver medal win.
To Luke, this win was all he had ever wanted in regards to Roller Skating. He went and showed just how devoted he was and how it all finally paid off. Sure, it was no olympics or gold, nor had he really been a world-renowned champion - but he had still won. He still came home with something. That was everything in itself.
Now, at 20, his attention has once again turned back fully to Basketball. He dominates on the court as a g/f, with quick movements and utilized skills from roller skating. While roller skating still remains a part of his life, as a side hobby, basketball has devoured him. Luke has now turned his sights, his devotion and passion, towards joining the FBA.
His college went further than he expected in the FCAA Tournament. Unfortunately, they still fell short and lost. Luke blames himself for the loss even despite his friend and fellow teammate (as well as 2019 draftee) Cypress Caldwell's reassurance that he was not to blame.
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