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|No. 42 – Montana Howlers|
|Species||Gryphon ( Accipitridae/Felidae )|
|The Roman Column|
|Born||August 11, 1992|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||273 lb (124 kg)|
|School||Pinion State University|
|FBA draft||2014 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2014–present|
|2014-2015||Las Vegas Wildcards|
|2019 Salary||$3.5 million|
|2020 Salary||$4 million|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
You don't see gryphons in the world very often. Much like -taurs and dragons, they're a rare species to see, and it's even rarer that they end up doing anything sportswise.
Apparently Regulus Lowenthal didn't get that message.
Born to an avian mother and feline father, Regulus is a gryphonic hybrid of snow leopard and snowy owl. Named after the famous Roman general, Regulus doesn't have basketball running in his blood, but ever since he started to walk and squawk, he's been playing with a hoop of some kind. Kiddie hoops gave way to half-sized hoops, to 8-foot hoops in the elementary schools, to the regulation 10-foot hoop in middle school and beyond. And with his arms doubling as wings, ending in five-taloned hands, he's had the benefit of the one-flap rule on his side to grab extra air on his dunks, rebound attempts and blocked shots.
He was a four-year starter at Bedford Heights Senior High School, starring as a strong power forward with shooting guard capabilities and picking up three New Hampshire state titles and one runner-up finish. He's a well-balanced player that can sway a game's outcome up close, from afar, or even in just the intangibles. Many of Regulus' opponents had never seen a gryphon before meeting him, and thus it can cause unease in his rivals' minds.
Though rejected for scholarships by most of the major schools, Regulus was picked up by Pinion State University, an FCAA mid-major school in Concord, NH, on full scholarship. During his four years at PSU, the gryphon earned his nickname, "The Roman Column" after a game in sophomore year in which he had NINE blocks.
PSU went 115-19 in his time at the school. He led the Aviators to three FCAA tournament appearances, and the team went 12-2, including a national title in his sophomore year, and quarterfinal berths in freshman/junior years. They were snubbed his senior year despite a 25-6 record, and thus his collegiate career ended on a sour note.
Still, he's by far Pinion State's leader in points, assists, and rebounds. The day his team was left out of the FCAA tournament field, The Roman Column began looking forward to his future: draft day, and the FBA. State and FCAA titles in his talons, he looks to add an FBA ring to his trophy list.
2014 Ironfur Combine
Regulus Lowenthal finished 5th Overall at the 2014 Ironfur Combine, placing him in the "Top 10."
2014 FBA Draft
| Regulus Lowenthal Scouting Profile|
Written by Kyuji
| Scouting Profile: Regulus "Roman Column" Lowenthal
May 8, 2014
Regulus Lowenthal is indeed a curious specimen. From the waist up, he's a snowy owl, and he's a clouded leopard from the waist down. This hybridization gives him feline strength and build, along with avian agility, brains, and, of course, wing-arms with which to take advantage of the one-flap rule. I believe he's the first gryphon to declare for the FBA draft in quite a long while, if not the first ever, making him a truly unique breed of FBA player. Don't let the glasses fool you; this cat-bird isn't just an egghead. His body is well-rounded, inside and out.
By far, the Roman Column's best feature is his ability to mold into several roles on the court as needed. His strengths lie in aggressive play, as evidenced by his 6'9", 273 lb. frame. He's not one to shy away from contact, even with centers up to, and including, the gargantuan 8', 500 lb. mark of Daniel Quvianuq. In fact, he's been known to take on these giants of the court on a regular basis, often coming away with the play his team needs.
Regulus had a staggering array of statistics in college. 28.2 PPG, 5.3 APG, 9.9 RPG, 61% FG, 34% 3FG, 91% FT, and even 1.8 BPG. The stat line speaks to his excellent sense of balance, dead-on accuracy with the basketball, and shows that not only can he score, but that he can produce plays even when he's not the one taking the shots. A solid basketball IQ augments his playmaking abilities, as this means he has the understanding, and ability, to switch on the fly to the role most needed in any given situation. That, combined with his high-end stamina (he averaged 31 minutes per game over four years) will make his an invaluable piece to any team's puzzle.
The free throw percentage, especially, speaks volumes about his level head under pressure, something for which his coach and teammates alike will vouch for. He turned the ball over less than once per game (0.9) in college, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. In the timeout huddles, he's usually the one relaxing his teammates, even smiling when they're down by double-digits. He makes accurate passes, plays safely with the basketball, and scraps hard for loose balls and rebounds, knowing that even one missed board or one turnover can spell the difference between a win and a loss.
So why do they call him 'The Roman Column?' He first got the name in his sophomore year, amassing an astonishing nine blocks in Pinion State's FCAA Round of 16 victory. Also of note: he's well-known as a player who will stand tall on defense, and always willing to attempt to take a charge if it means a momentum swing for his team. And thanks to his dedication to training himself, he's rarely, if ever, in danger of injuring himself, despite a rough play style.
That's not to say that Regulus is without his Achilles' heels. (Heh. Roman jokes.) The gryphon, while well-balanced and good at many aspects of the game, has no true specialty, which may turn some teams off from looking into him if they're seeking someone for an exact role. Sure, he can be molded very, very easily into a set role, but he's at his best when he's asked to multi-task on the hardwood. As such, it's best to keep him in mind as a balanced swingfur, flowing from the shooting guard spot to small forward, and back.
Also, Regulus can, and usually will, end up in foul trouble. Though his stats in college were outstanding, one statistic of note is his 3.9 fouls per game, a mark spanning all four years of college. He fouled out in 40 of his 134 games, or nearly 30% of the time. Of course, with the increase in allowed fouls from 5 to 6 in the pros, this number is likely to drop a bit, but teams will have to be a bit more cautious with the gryphon, resulting the potential of lost minutes, and therefore production.
That said, I find Regulus Lowenthal to be an excellent overall player. His team didn't win 85% of their games in college for nothing, after all. He has his weaknesses, but he has a great balance, a winning attitude, and is the type of player who finds a way to get along with the entire team. His best fit is going to be with a team who allows him the opportunity to swing between roles, and needs a mid-sized player who's not afraid to take on the power forwards and centers that might plague others in his position.
Kendall Fletcher, snowhoot.com
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