Kassius Waterson

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Kassius Waterson is a North American river otter center, currently playing for the Albany Alphas. He also played two seasons with the Edmonton Totems (2018-2020).

Kassius Waterson
(North American River Otter, C)
ID#1055
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Headshot of Kassius Waterson, c/o PAC.
No. 19 – Albany Alphas
Position Center
Species North American River Otter ( Mustelidae )
Gender Male
Nickname(s)
Big Kaz
"Project Alpha-19"
Personal information
Born 10/13/1996
Tampa, FL
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 6 in (2.29 m)
Listed weight 305 lb (138 kg)
Shoots Right
Career information
School The Ohio State Mammalian University
FBA draft 2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 26th overall
Selected by the Edmonton Totems
Pro playing career 2018–present
Career history
2018-2020 Edmonton Totems
2020-present Albany Alphas
Career highlights and awards
  • FBA Rookie All-Star (2019)
Contract information
Contract year 2020
2021 Salary $3 million
2022 Salary $3 million
2023 Salary $3 million
Player Contacts
(IC) Agent HoVoLogo Mini.png
(OOC) Creator Unknown
(OOC) Actor Unknown
(OOC) Usage Ask me before any use

Biography

Kassius Waterson was born on October 13, 1996 in Tampa, Florida, via Cesarean section as one of the largest pups ever born in the Tampa General Hospital maternity ward. As he was placed into his father Dezmond’s arms, he was a massive 25.5 inches and 11 lbs. 4 oz. It was due to the fact that he was so incredibly large at birth that he was held at the hospital for close to the first two weeks of his life, as they tested him to ensure that it was only fetal macrosomia that he was affected with. After several clean slates of health, he was finally allowed to leave the hospital and enter the real world. As he got older, his growing never seemed to stop, and his parents, being smaller themselves (his father was 6’2” and his mother was a tiny 5’4”,) began to show more and more concern.

When he turned three in 1999, Kaz was 3 feet 6 inches, and close to 40 pounds. His parents took him to the doctor and raised their concerns for their pup. He was given several medical tests, which determined that his growth was not caused by a physical abnormality. He was simply at an incredible 98th percentile for length and weight. He was projected to be well within the seven-foot range when he reached his peak. He was going to be a giant, no doubt about it, and his father knew exactly the way to control his incredible child: get him into basketball.

The first time Dezmond put a basketball in Kaz's hands was a defining moment. It almost seemed to click with him that this was what he was destined to do. His father practiced with him every day he could, and he improved with every dribble and every attempted shot. When Kassius was finally old enough for school, he was bullied severely for his massive size; people were afraid of him, and it left him lonely and incredibly shy as a child. His teachers loved him, however, for his incredible creativity and athleticism. He had talent and it showed, and his teachers were definitely noticing. Throughout his school days, he only had one true friend to look up to: a blue jay named Atheos Loukas. They met in second grade and they clicked together like glue, going everywhere together. They became incredibly close, and are still close to this day.

It would be in fifth grade where he would become something else that would change his life: he became a percussionist in his school’s concert, and later, marching bands, alongside his best friend Atheos. He would spend hours at a time working on his drumming, to the point where he was at an incredibly advanced level, allowing him to audition for Furry Drum Corps International in 2009. He was accepted into the Orlando Academy, with whom he would work as a tenor drummer for four years, until focusing on his high-school career, and then taking his talents to Santa Clara in 2016, where he would work as a snare drummer until his age-out year in 2018.

Another sport he would decide to join would be, surprisingly to his friends, judo. Many thought his big frame would be too slow and lumbering for him to be effective at the sport, but his size was no issue, and he would excel as a heavyweight competitor, going so far as to join the US Olympic team in Judo in 2020, placing fifth in the competition. He would then take this experience into the ring and begin training in his free time as a professional wrestler.

In seventh grade, he joined his middle school basketball team, quickly becoming the team's starting center after just five games. He would be on his school's basketball teams for six years, and would be their starting center for most of the time. Most of the teams he faced in his high school career seemed to fear his presence; centers in his division called him “The Jeffesron Giant.” His exceptional abilities on the court got people watching, and talking. There were FCAA scouts watching him every game, especially during the playoff games in 10th and 11th grade. But it would be at his senior year state quarter-final game against Farsides HS that Kaz would be given the letter that changed his entire life in the locker room. He was given the news that The Ohio State Mammalian University in Columbus, OH was offering him a full-ride basketball scholarship. He had the golden ticket in his hands, and he took it. In 2015, he took his basketball and marching talents to Ohio State. It was an incredible change, and it took him a very long time to adjust to the climate and social life changes. As a drummer, he was nothing short of incredible (mainly due to the FDCI experience he had prior to college.) As a basketball player, it took him time to adjust to his surroundings, and the truly intimidating crowds of The Shot. The fans came to play as much, if not more than the players did.

The Punch Heard 'Round the World

In the summer of 2016, Kaz made an important life decision that would affect everything in his life: he publicly came out as pansexual. To him, it made him feel more in touch with his own self, and it was a positive situation all-around for himself and the company around him, who accepted him with open arms. However, that didn’t mean everyone accepted him. And on December 18, 2016, in the third quarter of their game against Braylor, Kassius committed a blocking foul against their center, a beagle named Chase Helawig. What followed may be the most controversial event to reach The Shot.

Kaz was put into a medically-induced coma for four days following the brutal incident. He was out for three games, before coming back for the school’s away Ohio Rivalry game against GLM. In this game, Kaz played one of the best games of his career, putting up 8 blocks, 16 points, and 6 turnovers on his way to becoming Player of the Game. When interviewed after the game, Kaz was a jumbled mess, having to cut the interview short due to a nosebleed; this strange behavior has led people to believe that his inclusion in the game was a breach of concussion protocol. An investigation would be conducted as to the coach's playing of concussed players before their alloted return date, ending in coach Greg Alstern being fined $60k for medical infractions.

Strange Major, and a Questioned Future

Kaz, when it came time to declare his major, confused everyone by deciding on a Creative Writing major. He had originally kept his love for writing a secret to the public, as he didn't want the constant attention received by most high-school writers. However, the more he worked in his chosen field, the more he improved and the more he liked it. As of now, he has no books published. However, he is in the process of writing one right now.

During his years at OSMU, he had a constant conundrum in his head: what should he do after college, and what should he make his career. His friends and coaches told him to keep playing basketball, and to make a complete career out of basketball by joining the FBA. However, in his head he was thinking about making a career out of creative writing and becoming an author, and he got to work writing his first novel. However, after two months of thinking, he finally surprised everyone by throwing his name into the 2018-2019 Draft Class in the summer of 2018.

He was the #26 pick of the Draft, picked up by the Edmonton Totems after a trade deal was made with the Bangor Tides in the nick of time. This was a shock trade deal, as most of the combine scouts placed him as an automatic day-one pick. People were shocked, but were quickly over it, instead now excited for just how well he would perform in his first ever professional season.

Edmonton: Seasons of Firsts

Kaz’ first season in the FBA was a rather eventful one. He would start his season on the bench, typically playing no more than 5 minutes per game; even with his short tenure on the court per game, however, he still attained a large fanbase within the Totems community. He would get cheers in the crowd nearly every game, cheers that would only grow more raucous and loud with every appearance. He seemed to enjoy the publicity, and it led him to create the T-Line, the FBA’s first official organization pep band.

In February 2019, he would miss several games after he suffered a scalp contusion and a severe concussion after getting in a car accident immediately following the All Star Rookie Showcase. He would receive hundreds of fan e-mails and letters wishing him a speedy and full recovery. He would recover after ten missed games. He would be considered the Rookie All-Star, and win the Totems Spirit award for the season. Kaz found himself on the starting lineup near the beginning of the 2019-2020 season, following fan comments and a performance review from Coach Stan Shields, Sr found him fit to start. He would average about 25 minutes per game for his second professional season. After the 2019-2020 season ended, he would find himself a free-agent, and after joining the HoVo Management group, received a 3 year, $3Mn/yr contract to Albany, which he would gladly take.

Albany: Project Alpha-19

When Kaz took a free agency contract from Albany, he quickly packed his bags and moved into the Albany Players' Complex. As soon as he had finally unpacked his things and moved into his new home, he received the news that his grandmother, Margaret Waterson, had lost her 12-years fight with breast cancer. This news utterly destroyed the otter, who, unable to cope with his emotional baggage, began seeing therapist Dr. Howard Gutierrez. When he joined the team, it was kept a secret from the Albany fanbase, with the exception of "Project Alpha-19" appearing on posters throughout the city, and the "Complete the Project" slogan being seen on their calendars. In their first preseason game, he was revealed to have been the project all along, to a massive ovation from the Alphas faithful. By the end of the 2020 preseason, he was playing more than lead center Raoul Kidane, and intends to "be the best center the city of Albany has ever had."

On April 11, 2021, Kaz would earn his first Player of the Game designation in a win against none other than his old home team, the Edmonton Totems. He would receive a rather warm reception from his old fans.

Personal Life and Other Information

One of the most widely recognizable features of Kaz's figure is his striking mohawk, which he has dyed in various vibrant (or sometimes pastel) colors to represent different things, many of which he leaves up to fans and teammates to decipher. The most famous usage of his hair was when he dyed it bright pink for the first half of October 2020 (to honor his grandmother who lost her fight with breast cancer on September 30 of that year), and the freshly-done bright purple hair that he brought into his Alphas team photoshoot, after having hid his locks from the team until just before the group picture.

Also prominent in his attire are his shooting sleeves, most of which are airbrushed by different artists. His sleeve collection contains works honoring the lives of his friends and family, including works commemorating his grandmother, Malcolm Albins (which contained an airbrush of his personal back stripes), and the double-sleeve Tobias Jr. and Riley Skye tribute, which were airbrushed in non-permanent ink that lifted off the fabric, which "represented the fragility of our existence. It also contains two works from famed poster airbrush artist Philip Castle, and allegedly contains a real work by Banksy, but this latter claim has not been confirmed.

On April 15, 2021, Kaz's Japanese-inspired hibachi and sushi restaurant, Big Blade, opened to the public in Albany. The reservations-only establishment was created as the brainchild of Kaz and Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and employs "the best of culinary showmanship America has to offer," all of whom were required to go through a grueling audition process to become the first chefs. The restaurant's theatrics include the usage of fire, smoke, and dry ice, with a rather surreal atmosphere that takes a lot of inspiration from the works of Douglas Adams and Roald Dahl.

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