Art by Ada
|No. 32 – Dakota Bikers|
|Species||Long-Tailed Weasel ( Mustelidae )|
March 4, 1993|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||224 lb (102 kg)|
|FBA draft||2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall|
|Selected by the Dakota Bikers|
|Pro playing career||2015–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2019 Salary||$10 million|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Matthew Silvius (Long-Tailed Weasel, born on March 4th, 1993) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Dakota Bikers, who selected him 14th in the 2015 FBA Draft.
Born in Durham, North Carolina he grew up feeling somewhat left out as the middle child. Matthew often felt overshadowed by his older brother, whereas his younger sister was the baby of the family who always seemed to garner his parent's attention. Feeling lost between his siblings he attempted to stand out through sports. Since neither of his siblings played any it offered him a chance to be unique. By the age of seven, he was playing both tennis and basketball. Participating in many youth basketball and tennis camps, he eventually began taking one-on-one tennis lessons. As for basketball, he would continue playing in youth leagues under a number of different coaches. In spite of his young age, his tennis coach recognized his potential. He pushed Matthew to dedicate himself full time to tennis. Throughout Middle School, he began to focus more on tennis instead of basketball until finally dedicating all his free time to the sport. Full-time dedication yielded results as he developed into one of the top Junior players in the nation. Due to his success at the Junior level he was expected to go pro soon after graduating high school; however, an unlikely injury during a match would force him on a different path.
Fall 2009 Injury
While competing at a National Tournament Matthew would sustain a hand injury, a torn tendon in his pinky finger. The injury was a freak accident, a culmination of unlikely circumstances that would force Matthew to withdraw from the tournament. Surgery was the only hope of fixing the completely torn ligament. There were no surgical complications and within a month he began physical therapy. Twelve weeks of hard work would recover some range of motion, but his greatest fear would come true. The surgery and therapy were unsuccessful in regaining the full range of motion and his strength in the finger had dramatically decreased. Consultations with multiple surgeons and specialists confirmed that he could not regain full range nor strength. These factors caused major issues with his accuracy and consistency. His abilities limited, Matthew was forced to give up on going pro. It soon became a habit for Matthew to wrap up his hand, the scar a permanent reminder of his lost dream.
Return to Basketball
No longer pursuing a professional career in tennis left a lot of free time on his hands. For the first time in years, he felt lost with what to do. A chance decision to attend one of his high school's basketball games would provide an answer and provide new motivation. He would try playing basketball again, and his first goal would be making his school’s team. However, he was unable to try out his Junior year due to his physical therapy finishing too late in the season. He spent his Summer playing any chance he could get to shake off the rust obtained from playing sporadically for a few years. Without a coach to guide him there were few things Matthew could work on alone. One thing he knew he could develop was a consistent shooting stroke; the importance of consistency was something he learned from tennis. He built his shot from the ground up, making sure it was simple enough to reproduce consistently and quick enough to avoid being blocked. Come fall tryouts his shooting ability impressed the coach and he placed him in the starting rotation as a shooting guard. He performed well, averaging 14.3 points per game with a decent field goal percentage of 41.8. Unfortunately, his team would not make it past the first round of the state's playoffs ending his high school career quickly. Given his short history and playing for a relatively low-key high school, he received no athletic scholarship at any program.
Matthew would choose to attend Atlanta Tech, one of the schools that had offered him a scholarship based on his academic success. Atlanta Tech, while well known for its academic programs, had not succeeded in terms of basketball in a number of years; they often placed last in their conference. He’d have to earn a spot on the roster as a walk-on, but the time on the court was an eye opener. His time on the court and experiences with his team caused his wariness to fade and he started to dedicate himself more and more to basketball. Over the next three years, Matthew would work his way up the line-up, earning a starting position midway through his Sophomore year and eventually named Team Captain for his Senior year. That year would also be his best statistically, leading his team on offense with 20.2 points per game while maintaining the high accuracy for both field goals, 51.1%, and threes, 47.7%. He would also rank in the top 5 nationally in steals per game (2.7). Their season would come to an end after losing in the conference's championship, which they had failed to reach in the last eight years. The team still enjoyed one of their best seasons in a decade, but ultimately fell on the wrong side of the bubble just missing the FCAA tournament. While not the best outcome, Matthew had done everything he could and felt satisfied to leave the team in his juniors hands. Graduation around the corner Matthew set his sights on the FBA. His performance over the season finally garnered attention from scouts. While they praise his defensive and shooting skills are high caliber, they are unsure if he can consistently play that way against top caliber players.
Silvius proved to be well rounded with multiple Top 10 finishes including the Intelligence and Moving Shot Trials, Top 5 finishes in Standing and Maximum Vertical Jump Trials, and a Bronze in the Standing Shot Trials. In the end, his overall score placed him in a tie for 3rd place, but would place 4th overall in the combine due to tiebreaker rules.
- Story:Agent of Opportunity: Shifting Priorities
- Story:Endorsements and Letdowns
- Story:Prudent Player
2015 - 2016 Regular Season Stats
2016 - 2017 Regular Season Stats
|Regular Season Career Highs||Total||Game|
|Field Goals Made||16||2/14/18|
|Field Goals Attempted||28||3/6/19|
|Three Pointers Made||10||1/17/18|
|Three Pointers Attempted||18||1/17/18|
|Free Throws Made||8||11/22/17|
|Free Throws Attempted||8||11/22/17|
|Field Goals Made||1945|
|Field Goals Attempted||3781|
|Free Throws Made||410|
|Free Throws Attempted||483|
|Minutes Per Game||29.58|