Illustration by AsterionBlazing
|No. 8 – Retired|
|Species||Red Wolf ( Canidae )|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|FBA draft||2000 / Round: TBD|
|Selected by the Montana Howlers|
|Pro playing career||2000–2015|
|2013-2015||San Jose Thrust|
|Career highlights and awards|
|(OOC) Creator||Buck Hopper|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Shane Rufus was an elite point guard that played in the Furry Basketball Association (FBA). Noted for an aggressive, physical style, he's widely regarded as one of the best athletes on the Montana Howlers roster, and was even respected as a team captain for both the Plymouth Taproots and the San Jose Thrust during his years with those clubs. He's infamous within the league for being the only player to have done prison time before entering the draft, as well as for his reputation for wild parties and heavy drinking. He's also been controversial for several incidents involving fistfights away from the court. He was seriously injured near the end of the 2012-2013 season by Dylan Redfield, but still won the 2013 Most Valuable Player award.
Before the FBA
Shane was born in Mobile, AL, the only son of his father, a soldier in the US Army, and his mother, a homemaker. Because of his father's military service, young Shane relocated shortly after his birth, and continued to relocate regularly throughout his puppyhood. The number of relocations Shane endured was unusually high because of his father's alcoholism, convincing the military to keep moving him around. Because of the frequent relocations, Shane had to learn to make friends quickly as he switched schools, and early on used sports to impress new neighbors. Basketball was ideal because of his height and the low cost of equipment.
Throughout high school, his father's alcoholism worsened to the point of becoming physically abusive to his family. Shane spent most of his time away from the house, playing basketball for his high school team, with friends, or just practicing in the local gym. The night after receiving a college scholarship, Shane found his father beating up his mother in their home. With only weeks left before graduation, Shane was arrested that night after beating his father within an inch of his life. While Shane sat in jail awaiting his trial, his father recovered in the hospital and his mother refused to see him, blaming Shane for destroying the family. At his trial, Shane pleaded guilty on assault charges, but in recognition of the circumstances, the judge showed leniency and offered a suspended sentence with five years of probation. Shane rejected the offer, choosing instead to accept 18 months in prison with no future probation.
After completing his 18 months, Shane's scholarship offer was rescinded. Encouraged by furs he met in the pen, he decided to try out for the FBA draft, where his skills were noticed during the combine. The Montana Howlers, still under old management that sought out vicious players, picked him during the 2000 FBA Draft.
Coming right off the heels of the retirement of Healey Davis, FBA coaches focused on a conservative style of basketball. Shane's aggression on the court was seen in his frequent attacks at the rim despite playing the point guard position, and his encouragement of teammates to use hard picks and aggressive rebounding for second chance points. He quickly earned a reputation in the league as well as the adoration of Howlers fans who found him to be a thrilling change from the clean, methodical style of the Healer.
Incident at Howler's Stadium
In the 2011-2012 season, Shane Rufus began seeing Redawn Fenwatcher, much to the degrin of Dylan Redfield, Redawn's teammate and one rumored to be smitten with the red panda. On April 21st, 2013 After a hard block to Redawn, Dylan became irate and tackled Shane, injuring him. This attack was known as the Incident at Howlers Stadium
Final Playing seasons
At the conclusion of the 2013-2014 season, Rufus declared his retirement from the league and was rumored to have accepted a position as the head coach of the newly relocated Spokane Rapids renamed to the Seattle Summit. However, on draft night, August 31, 2014, he officially changed his mind and returned to his contract with the San Jose Thrust. After failing to get the club into the playoffs, Shane finalized his retirement in the summer of 2015 to transition into a broadcasting career.
2013 - 2014 Regular Season Stats