|No. 21 – Albany Alphas|
|Species||Lynx ( Felidae )|
September 13, 1997|
New Haven, Connecticut
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||198 lb (90 kg)|
|FBA draft||2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall|
|Selected by the Albany Alphas|
|Pro playing career||2019–present|
|2019 - present||Albany Alphas|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2023 Salary||$5 million|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Born Jacqueline Lemanski, Lemanski grew up the eldest of three in New Haven, Connecticut. As a child, she found it hard to stay engaged in things and would often get into trouble because of this. For a while, her parents and teachers wrote her off as “the problem child” who would be difficult to reform until she was finally taken in for testing. They found that Lemanski was a brilliant child but was not being challenged enough in school, thus her reason for acting out. When offered the chance to skip a grade, she refused claiming she wanted to stay with her friends, but this would be more of a decision to go against her parent’s plans for her.
By the time she entered high school, she had had many talks with her parents about how she needed to assert herself and work towards something. She took this advice and became an “entrepreneur” as she would call it. Though it was not permitted in her school, she would secretly buy snacks and sell them to her fellow students at twice the price, taking advantage of the fact that there were no snacks in or near the school. When she got caught and was told she couldn’t do that anymore, she switched to gambling and lottery games with her classmates in secret, often using sleight of hand to win or gain the advantage.
Lemanski became rather good at sleight of hand, using her skills for shuffling cups, playing cards, and any other task that would benefit her. The coach of her high school basketball team, Jessy Zimmerman, watched as she did this one day and approached her. Seeing this as an opportunity to help Lemanski and also improve her team, she told her that she could use her skills on the court if Lemanski was “up for the challenge.” Not shy to turn down a challenge Lemanski agreed. And the more she played basketball, the more she became obsessed with it. She would often skip class to practice, though it was never truly a detriment to her grades.
However, once her parents caught wind of her playing basketball more than she was focusing on her studies, they reprimanded her. Both of her parents went to ivy league schools with her mother now doing research for Gayal University and her father teaching as a biomedical professor at the same University. They both wanted Lemanski to be successful and to follow int their footsteps by also attending an ivy league school and starting a career in a high paying job. She was told that she would not be supported if she took the route of basketball and that she would be on her own. Lemanski, however, found this to be another challenge.
For the remainder of her time in high school, she worked hard and got herself accepted into Harvaardwak University without her parent’s aid. There she majored in Biomechanics, the same as her mother, and would graduate in spring of 2019 magna cum laude, purposely avoiding graduating summa cum laude as another sleight against her parents. But this, of course, was not her true focus.
Basketball was where she truly found happiness and was praised for her skill, excluding her parents. She was fine at shooting, she had good enough speed, but her true talent lied in her handling. Lemanski was an expert when it came to confusing her opponents. Keeping the ball away from the other team with her dribbling and passing skills was easy, stealing the ball was even easier. Pretending to go one way, then switching it up was seamless, and her situational awareness allowed her to adapt at the drop of a dime. But when she really learned to embrace her team, she was great and setting up shots for her teammates. Lemanski was able to take charge and coordinate her teammates while also making sure the ball was never in the other team’s hands. And because of this, she became the “assist queen,” eventually being dubbed “Lemon-Aid,” a play off of her last name. From then on, she would go by the name Jacky Lemon to further solidify her decision to follow her passion.
With her eyes set on the FBA she found a great pride in the things she had accomplish thus far. Though it would seem that all her decisions would have led her to an unsuccessful life, she grew immensely proud of the fact that her way is what got her here. Her gambling, her sleight of hand, her self-confidence, even her defiance, all of it helped her to not only find her love in basketball, but to also thrive in it.