Mathias Locke

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Mathias Locke
(Kangaroo, F)
ID#1065
No. 00 – Montana Howlers
Position Forward
Species Kangaroo ( Macropodidae )
Gender Male
Personal information
Born 2/29/2000
Australia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 256 lb (116 kg)
Shoots Left
Career information
School Played international ball for one season
FBA draft 2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall
Selected by the Montana Howlers
Pro playing career 2018–present
Career history
2018-present Montana Howlers
Contract information
Contract year 2018
2020 Salary $1.5 million
Player Contacts
(IC) Agent weasal11
(OOC) Creator Unknown
(OOC) Actor Unknown
(OOC) Usage Ask me before any use

Biography

Always the smallest, Mathias had to work for respect. While he never even close to being bullied, he was consistently picked last in any sport. Although he was born in Australia, Mathias was adopted at a young by American family, and has lived his entire life in the United States.

For a long time, there was speculation around whether he was actually a wallaby instead of a kangaroo. While everyone was careful not to discuss this in front of him, Mathias knew he had something to prove, and so he started training. Pittsburgh is a football town but Mathias was smart enough to know he couldn't play football at a high level so he dropped to Pittsburgh's second (maybe third) biggest sport: hockey. Mathias was singly devoted to being the best player on the ice in his role. He knew that others could be better all around players, but no one would be better at his job. He was the main enforcer on the team, but various injuries, none major, and the rising cost of equipment caused his parents to ask him to rethink hockey. Mathias was downtrodden but understood the reasoning.

He played a couple of rec league sports, but never found something that lit the same fire as hockey. That is until at a local YMCA, Mathias was picked in a pickup game of basketball. While he played the game the same as he usually does, he noticed the best player on the court was even shorter than him. Mathias meet the player after the game, who introduced himself as Travis, and asked for some tips. Travis was a former D1 basketball player who had been overlooked by the pros for his small stature. He was an assistant coach for the local college, but loved to help those who he thought could prove his doubters wrong. Knowing Mathias did not have the length or weight to be a prototypical scorer, Travis decided to focus almost entirely on defense and passing, with fast break offense being their only scoring focus. Mathias quickly began dominating the youth leagues at the Y and was one of the best players in the adult group as well.

Mathias knew he had to improve his athleticism in order to compete in high school sports. He focused on explosiveness and soon was one of the best shot contestants in the state at just 5'7" with a crazy vertical. With much prompting from Travis, Mathias joined the local high school basketball team. He started at point guard sophomore year, and lead the team to a playoff berth. They were eliminated early but this was Mathias first taste of playoffs and he wanted more. He hit the weight room hard and was able to play a bit in the post. Mathias lead the team to another playoff berth before getting blown out in the championship. The summer before senior year, Mathias started growing.

By the time the playoffs happened, a now 6'7" Mathias led his team to the playoffs on an undefeated season. Once again, championship dreams were smashed by a pair of missed free throws by Mathias. He decided right then to never be in that position again. He could take being blown out, he could take missing a difficult shot, he could even take a team mate missing an open shot, but he could never put himself in a position to lose the game. He decided to join the Australian national team for year to learn before declaring for the draft. He made the second team all defense as a power forward as well as helping his team reach the playoffs as a sixth seed and pulling an upset against number 3 seed before losing in the second round to the eventual champions.