Illustrated by WyldElyn
|No. 57 – Biloxi Voodoo|
|Species||Marbled Polecat ( Mustelidae )|
October 15, 1994|
Jersey City, NJ
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||257 lb (117 kg)|
|School||New York Carnivore/Predator University|
|FBA draft||2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Montana Howlers|
|Pro playing career||2015–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2020 Salary||$15 million|
|2021 Salary||$21 million|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Wild, Behemoth, Force of Nature... a selection of several words used by scouts to describe this particular player.
Sterling Eren Bengtzing, born and raised in Jersey City, surely is someone hard to miss. Notably, even with having a front seat to his father's FBA career since day 1 (literally), there wasn't much attention given to him at first. Other than rumors of the reason of his dad's subdued 1998 season being related to an illness he got, his upbringing was as regular as the Bengtzings could muster for their only child.
When his parents noticed he started to develop rebellious tendencies and listed more than one bullying case through his elementary life, Ferdinand did what he thought was logical; introduce him to the sport he mastered and worked on for most of his life. It was just basic shot practice at beat-down parks in the concrete jungle without much theory or formality behind it, sure, but the little polecat found something he could bond over with his dad, as well as good channeling of his explosive energy. The makeshift therapy worked.
And that therapy soon became a hobby. Then interest. Then talent. Then passion. For the young polecat, it was cemented, for his dad's both happiness and concern.
Starting high school, he enrolled into the local basketball team where, while his firecracker determination and iron will was noted, the polecat struggled to really fit in a certain position. One day, after an injury and a shortage of players capable left the team a Center short, Sterling threw his name to the hat. That game, which featured proficient rebounding and blocking from the mustelid, made him realize it: he was a darn good defender; fearless and determined. He dedicated the rest of his high school career perfecting the 4 and 5, a pair of scouts taking note of the 'pint-sized bigfur', a reference that was used even when he reached his current 6' 9". Short, but skilled.
So far, his college progression, combined with positive responses from Europe-based teams on a tryout the summer after his high school graduation, cemented the polecat as someone to be wary of. Sterling's cavalier attitude, alpha-male mentality and confidence make him one of the strongest presences on any court he stepped paw in. His size doesn't seem to interfere in his blocking and rebounding capacities (getting a double-double with points and blocks in one occasion); it even helped, as he's reported to be notably speedier than the average bigfur. On the downside, he can't be trusted with a free throw, as well as struggling with long range passing and assisting; still in need of learning to control his strength better. He's also reported to run into a lot of foul trouble if sparks get flying due to the aforementioned attitude. He's not known to be a huge scorer, but isn't afraid of distances when taking shots. He also doesn't let nerves or emotions show when mistakes happen, shaking them off the best they can and keep the ball dribbling. He quotes: "On Court, there's no time to panic or hesitate. Do or die"
Midway on his studies, he decided to freeze his university career and declare the FBA Draft to start a new journey. "It's been 20 years since my dad's start and I got a hunch that my time is here: It's now or never." he's credited as saying. Ferdinand has been kept silent on the matter so far, but it's hard to think he isn't at least a bit proud to see a chance of history repeating itself.
2015 - 2016 Regular Season Stats
2016 - 2017 Regular Season Stats