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|No. 7 – Retired|
|Species||Wallaby ( Macropodidae )|
|Born||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||165 lb (75 kg)|
|FBA draft||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Plymouth Taproots|
|Pro playing career||2004–2015|
|2012-Mar 2013||Baltimore Spirits|
|Mar 2013-Oct 2013||Bangor Tides|
|2014-Jan 2015||Montana Howlers|
|Jan 2015-July 2015||Williamsburg Minutemen|
|(IC) Agent||Chazz Thenerous|
|(OOC) Creator||Buck Hopper|
|(OOC) Actor||Buck Hopper|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Wally Wald is a retired male wallaby guard who last played for the Williamsburg Minutemen.
If it hadn't been for happenstance, there's no way that Wald's quiet, middle-class upbringing would have drawn any attention. But fate had a different plan for the unusually tall and lanky wallaby when FBA legend Chazz Thenerous arrived.
After retirement from a 7-year career as one of the rare kangaroos playing in the FBA, Thenerous moved from his home in Oklahoma to Melbourne in a highly publicized "Back to the Roots" tour. There, he made plans to train more kangaroos in basketball with the hope of increasing their numbers in the FBA. While his efforts were accused of being more about publicizing himself rather than the young Australians he was training, his program did produce one candidate that seemed destined for success. And that was Wald.
The only wallaby attending Thenerous' training program, he was recruited by the American when he wanted to diversify the class. Wald turned out to be a surprising talent. A bookish type, he was outstanding at memorizing play books and spotting the floor, making him a natural point guard. And while his physical abilities never dazzled, his dogged loyalty to the program gave him excellent conditioning. Soon Wald was the star pupil of the class, and with Thenerous looking to promote his program, he got extra support in submitting his name to the 2004 FBA Draft.
The timing couldn't have been better. When the Dakota Bikers picked up the outstanding Ryan Malone in the 2003 FBA Draft, the FBA got kangaroo fever. Suddenly a species that had been overlooked for decades was hot, and by the 2004 FBA Draft, GMs were salivating for the next Malone.
Even though Wald arrived with very little material on his scouting report, he was almost a kangaroo and was trained by a retired kangaroo legend, quickly shooting him to the top of the Top 24 lists. While the Huntsville Mayors played it safe and picked Xavier Knutten, a #1 college athlete in the country and a proven star that was impossible to ignore, the Plymouth Taproots gave in to the fever and picked Wald at #2, ahead of future starts John Stoat and Buck Hopper.
The Plymouth Taproots were lucky to have picked up Cheeto Wolfote in the second round. While Wald certainly had floor vision and enough talent to warrant being in the league, his lack of true athleticism and his unaggressive nature made him a poor #2 choice. He was quickly dubbed a draft bust and sat on the Taproots bench for years, backing up the much more aggressive and talented Wolfote. Despite the scalding reviews, Wald did prove himself to be just good enough to stay on the team as he spent five years on the Plymouth roster before they finally traded him to the Spokane Rapids. Lasting only a year there, he began to bounce around the league, jumping from team to team, none of them finding much use for him.
2013 Free Agency
After going free agent during the 2013 off-season, Wally Wald failed to secure a contract before the deadline and slipped into restricted free agency. After the first game of the 2013-2014 regular season, he was offered a contract by the Pittsburgh Keystones, so he technically only missed out on one official game.
2013 - 2014 Regular Season Stats