Art by Griffzilla
|No. 36 – Santa Ana Spectrums|
|Species||Barbados Black Belly ( Bovidae )|
|Ben, Benny, Beno Aquino|
September 6, 2000|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|FBA draft||2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall|
|Selected by the Santa Ana Spectrums|
|Pro playing career||2020–present|
|2020 - present||Santa Ana Spectrums|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2021 Salary||$3 million|
|2022 Salary||$3 million|
|(OOC) Creator||T.C. (Cherry)|
|(OOC) Actor||T.C. (Cherry)|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Born September 6, 2000, Benjamin Aquino grew up as the second son of Anthony and Bria Aquino in Annapolis, Maryland where sports was a tradition in the family. Both his parents and grandparents were in some competitive sport growing up. His father was a professional weight lifter that competed in major events. His mother was a track and field athlete who almost made her way into the olympics but suffered a terrible ACL tear that ended her career. His older brother, Rudy Aquino was not blessed with the family genes and instead spent his time studying and completing law school to become a lawyer. Benjamin and Rudy got along well growing up and were practically inseparable. When it came to seeking out advice, Rudy was the person that Benjamin would go to and he was the one who encouraged Benjamin to play basketball.
At a young age Benjamin would compete in track and field for a while and do sprints, hurdles and long jumps. Before coming into middle school, Rudy would introduce his friend Michael, a rocky mountain elk, to his younger brother. Michael was a former college student who played basketball and now was a coach for young basketball players. Benjamin would enter Michael’s basketball academy in the summers and learn how to play there. Often, after practices Rudy would teach young Benjamin in 1-on-1 sessions. Only a few months in the elk’s academy, Benjamin picked up the sport so well and would perform better than all the other kids there. The ram would even begin beating his own coach in 1v1’s.
For Benjamin’s parents it was an upset that he didn’t want to perform in track and field anymore, but eventually they would grow out of it and started to support his ambitions. The ram had a new talent and built a passion for the game of basketball, they didn’t want to strip that away from him.
When entering high school, his immediate goal was to try out for the school’s basketball team, The Annapolis Raging Rhinos. Not a prominent school at all but it has its history, after all it's the school his mother and father graduated from. There he would be under the hands of coach Paula, a coypu from France. She wasn’t much of a said “coach” but more like a mentor - to him. Whenever he’d need some motivation she was the infinite supply. In her little French accent she’d tell him, “Work hard, earn big.” He would feed that in his mind. Working hard in school was just as important as basketball. If he wanted to finish high school then he’d have to study, study, study and manage his grades in order to graduate with a scholarship in hand. In his senior year, Benjamin was finally at the point where he’d soon have to come to a decision of where he wanted to go to college. It wasn’t too hard to decide, though it was almost sheer luck that Baltimore Bay had a scout in the area.
After graduating in 2019, Benjamin would attend Baltimore Bay with a full scholarship. The school was local so he was able to keep in touch with his friends and peers. In his time as a young lamb in track and field, and lessons from both Michael and Paula, Benjamin was the most athletic of anyone on the court. Even though he was someone who came off the team bench he was always the star of the show, someone who played with high energy and was a remarkable scorer going inside. The team would make it into the FCAA Tournament as the 13th seed facing up against Houston Canid Academy who were 4th. Being the weaker team, Baltimore would go down 101-99 in the first round.
In his year with Baltimore, and even having to hang up his jersey early, Benjamin grew exceptionally well and learned a lot with new experiences. Unlike high school the challenges were much greater and he took that on to build himself up, not only as an athlete but as a person. It was difficult but he would push through it just to prove that nothing will stop him now. It's all owed to the people who believed in him and supported him to where he is now. Most owed to his brother, Rudy, for encouraging him to play basketball. It was time to take his skills to the next level and Benjamin has his sights on the 2020 FBA Draft.
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