Jasmine Durand

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Jasmine Durand
(Purple-Crowned Fairy Wren, G)
ID#1167
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No. 45 – Lorain Firestorm
Position Guard
Species Purple-Crowned Fairy Wren ( Maluridae )
Gender Female
Nickname(s)
Tempest
Personal information
Born (1998-02-08) February 8, 1998 (age 23)
Drummond, QC
Nationality
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 145 lb (66 kg)
Shoots Right-handed
Career information
School Thunder Bay Predator College
FBA draft 2020 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2020–present
Career history
2020 - present Lorain Firestorm
Contract information
Contract year 2021
2021 Salary $1 million
2022 Salary $4.5 million
2023 Salary $4.5 million
Player Contacts
(IC) Agent BladesDaRaccoon
(OOC) Creator BladesDaRaccoon
(OOC) Actor Unknown
(OOC) Usage Ask me before any use

Biography

Early Life

Jasmine's life from the start was always one of regiment and discipline. Being the child of military parents, everything was done to the letter and by the book. Least if she wished to enjoy anything extra in life that is. One of said extras was basketball, a very physical and emotional sport. However to Jasmine, it was all just for the fun of it. A laugh after a long day and the satisfaction of seeing the ball fly through the hoop by her hand.

One might think her rigid life of schedule and repetition was a recipe to break a hatchling...but not Jasmine. If anything it built her into a healthy, mentally strong young woman. One who took no crap from anyone, who wasn't afraid to tell someone off or stand up for herself...even if direly outmatched or a seemingly bad idea.

High School

In school Jasmine had something of a reputation for being a bit of a cactus flower, beautiful but very hard to get close to. She treated almost everything like business from classes to friendships. Even with her unintentionally cold demeanor, she was always top of the class and the feature of the basketball team, from freshman to senior year it was rare to see a night where she wasn't putting a double-double on the stat sheet. A good eye for knowing when to pick her shots and for seeing even the smallest gaps to zip passes through. Her confidence was through the roof and it seemed as if there were nothing that could break it...

College

Jasmine ended up attending Thunder Bay Pred Tech, a much different environment than she knew. A place where old hatreds still lived and hard work wasn't always the only thing that got you by in life. A lesson hard learned, especially at tryouts for the Apex. Even despite busting her tailfeathers and utterly killing it at the tryouts, she found herself benched in favor of less talented guards and nearly having to beg for minutes, despite playing well with what scraps of minutes she did have.

For two years that treatment was the standard for her. Even with her attempting to go up the chain of command feeling she'd been wrongfully treated it was a best met with indifference and lip service...at worst she was met with threats, one even that she'd be cut if she kept 'chriping and squawking'. It was hell for her...knowing she was the best guard on their roster and still being held back due to being prey...

However after seeing the actions of Lauren Fash, Jasmine realized she had the blueprint for her vengeance. Diplomacy had failed clearly but Lauren...she just let her skills do the talking, any pissed of teammates and tastes of revenge were just a bonus. Not to say she didn't notice the jabs the skink took at the preds surrounding her...Perhaps this could come in handy...

After a summer of preparations, involving a couple changes in appearance including a few piercings and dreadlocking her hair...Jasmine came onto the court as a woman on a mission. More emotional than she'd even shown, talking crap about her teammates in scrimmages and even the coaches. That starting guard spot was hers and she wasn't gonna take no for an answer. Even though she was asked to play sixth man, Jasmine made it clear if she didn't get her job...the coaches would not have theirs, even if it meant taking the whole school down in the process.

Needless to say...As the Point guard she whipped some sense into that Thunder Bay team from making them pass more to actually running plays as opposed to being stars. Fair to say she also ended up developing more than a couple rivalries, both in and out of squad. One in particular of note was with Christina Ackerman of Halifax, the only center she could never seem to get a finish on.

Though the lot of the Apex hated Jasmine's ways and methods it was effective as she went to lead Thunder Bay to a CFIS championship and boasted a statline of 15 points and 11 assists per game paired with 1.5 steals. However when asked about the title, she answered "Yeah, trophy feels nice. Testament to my skills but...I don't know if I want it. Least with this school..."

On that strange, somber, and mysterious note Jasmine knew her time for the FBA had come. When asked why she skipped her senior year she's quoted as saying "Just seems like the right time to go...like King Lear I had my five acts. Instead of ending with 'He died' however I end my story with a simple 'She Won.'"

FBA Career

Initially not hearing her name on draft night, Jasmine would find herself getting a call from the Firestorm's brass stating their interest in her. In a way you could argue this was the environment she needed. A place where she could learn and fly under the radar for a while. She'd find minutes in Lorain's point guard platoon but with notably streaky play. Enough there to build on without any doubt but...the question is how long until it comes together?

Also of note, She seemed to strike up a bit of a liking with fellow rookie of Santa Ana Benjamin Aquino. The pair were spotted at all star week, talking and laughing...Hard to tell if they're just good friends or more at this point.