|No. 6 – Free Agent|
|Species||Eurasian Wolf ( Canidae )|
July 6, 1993|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|College||ULGA (University of Lithuania Predatory Athletics)|
|FBA draft||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall|
|Selected by the Biloxi Voodoo|
|Pro playing career||2016–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2021 Salary||$8.5 million|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Andrius Vilkasaitis, a boisterous but collected canine from the west coast of Lithuania, has been a prominent name in the collegiate circuit of the Baltic region of Europe since 2014, and he will try his paw at the 2016 FBA Draft, given his desire to extend his career beyond the region. He first started attending the ULGA in Kaunas, which is the lone sports university in the country, and became the primary shooting guard for the team after only a few months in the program. Given that basketball has such a huge following in Lithuania, it was a very sharp hill for Andrius to climb, but he was willing and able to prove he belonged at the University. Given his contributions to their success in the Baltic region, Andrius is seen as a viable candidate on an international scale.
Andrius grew up rather frivolously, but with the undertone of lower-middle class struggles and challenges. Lithuania had just been reborn as a country on the global scale, and nobody was rich from it. His mother, a business office secretary, became the primary provider of Andrius and his sister after a divorce in his teens. His father, a mill worker, played basketball in his teens and during part of his university years, so the interest crossed generations. Andrius credits his father for most of his personality traits, including his periodic stubbornness and litheness. He picked up a basketball at age 11 during his first game during primary school, and "has never looked back", stating that basketball "probably kept me out of trouble -- it kept me on the courts, instead of wandering the streets. And during those years, it was probably for the best."
The estranged family relationship is what motivated Andrius during his high school years, to avoid the shifting tides at home. This probably meant he spent more time on the courts, and it honed his game. However, he does not connect easily to other personalities if the loyalty is not forced upon them by coaches -- a sign of weakness in an otherwise stable-minded basketball player. He began his collegiate career on a full-ride scholarship to the University of Lithuanian Predatory Athletics (ULGA -- Universitas Lietuva iš Grobuoniškos Atletika) in 2012.
In early 2014, Vilkasaitis had a minor legal incident involving the filing of a missing under-aged female otter. She and Andrius had gone on a weekend getaway vacation together, but she was 17, and there had been no providence on her age or whereabouts until authorities tracked her down 28 hours later. The case was solved out of court, but the incident temporarily dampened his reputation.
Šventųjų Vilnius, the Lithuanian team of the EFBL, was acutely aware of Vilkasaitis' talent, and had made several moves to bring him to Vilnius after his third year at ULGA proved to be one of his best: an admirable 44.3/36.4/73.9 shooting line as a 20 year old, scoring 10.8 points per game. Vilkasaitis elected to finish his fourth year at ULGA, after learning of the FBA lockout, and considered playing for several teams in the EFBL. A few months later, after learning of the resolutions, he publicly declared his wish to submit his name for the FBA draft.
His natural howl corresponds to his natural ability to make his mark on the court. Rather than spinning around the oncoming defender, he will use his shoulders to an effect, and nudge or budge the defender into giving up space before backing away quickly and taking the shot. He is an athletic, bouncy two guard who can shift into a playmaking role at the 1 on occasion due to his high level basketball IQ and tremendous vision. However, he's only made 41 percent of his career shots from the 2-point range, an incredibly low number. He also can occasionally get wild with turnovers, and his defensive game isn't superb at all times.
Vilkasaitis is naturally Lithuanian, and basketball is the major sport in the region, so it has been a dominant driver of his life and personality. He is fluent in Lithuanian, Russian, and English.
Family relations have gotten better in recent years; he also cites other light-contact sports as his hobbies, such as tennis and football. Vilkasaitis has a large tattoo spanning his chest of a hawk clutching a basketball. The inspiration behind the tattoo comes from his quest for success: "I really like the attitude of hawks. They never give up. When they grab a fish, or something else, they never let it go."
In his free time, he has a healthy obsession with superhero movies and comic book characters, and goes to see all the Furrywood big-budget movie releases. He also has preliminary plans to set up a children's basketball camp during his off-seasons in Lithuania, if he succeeds at being drafted.
|Biloxi Voodoo - Shooting Guard (W:42 L:20) [S:62 B:0 R:0]|
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