Mark Kanter III
Art by WyldElyn
|No. 44 – Biloxi Voodoo|
|Species||Wolverine ( Mustelidae )|
|The Living Weapon|
|Born||Fort Wayne, IN|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||249 lb (113 kg)|
|School||Mustelid University of Michigan|
|FBA draft||2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall|
|Selected by the Edmonton Excavators|
|Pro playing career||2015–present|
|Oct 2015-Dec 2016||Edmonton Excavators|
|Dec 2016-2017||Baltimore Spirits|
|Jan 2018-2018||Lorain Firestorm|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2022 Salary||$1.5 million|
|2023 Salary||$2 million|
|2024 Salary||$2 million|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Most of the time, furs who aspire to make it to the FBA found their talent relatively early in their lives; they excel at it from the beginning of their youth and keep honing their skills continuously throughout their school years to achieve their ultimate dream of playing for one of the twenty-four teams in the league.
While Mark Kanter III can attest that he wants it as much as the others right now, he didn't start out yearning to be a baller from the beginning of his life.
He wanted to be a gymnast.
Born to Mark Kanter II and Erin Kanter (neé Olsen), both former regional representatives, young Mark had ready access to artistic gymnastics in his early years. He started to stand out among his peers by making an impact in regional kids' competitions, and quite a few of the referees were even complimenting that he might have a chance to be a future Olympian.
But then he started growing... and growing... and growing. He'd even quit drinking milk for a while, but even that didn't stop him from sprouting like a tree. By his second year in middle school he was already 5' 5", and when he graduated he had grown to 6' 0"; by this time, he was finding that his height was impeding him from pursuing gymnastics at a competitive level, and he was performing worse and worse in competitions as well. Combined with his peers starting to call him "gay" or "girly" for playing an apparently less masculine sport, he started to distance himself from the sport that he once loved.
At the time of Mark's sophomore year at high school, he was beginning to look for another sport to try out, and he was getting desperate; swimming hadn't worked out as he thought it would, nor had track. Football sounded okay, but he wasn't sure if he wanted to injure himself for the rest of his life doing it.
Then he found basketball. He'd initially attended one of the tryouts thanks to one of his friends convincing that he'd be great at it, and when he pretty much destroyed the current members of the team physically in the tryouts despite being at a severe disadvantage at experience, the coach told him that he could easily become their best player if only he could pick up the basic fundamentals quickly enough. This was pretty much the first time he'd actually found even marginal success with a sport other than gymnastics (if he failed again, he was seriously considering bodybuilding), and without thinking twice, he decided to leap right in.
Mark's height continued to grow during high school, and with that so did his build. Despite being considered relatively inferior in terms of fundamentals and game IQ, by the time he graduated high school the opposing strategy was basically 'try and fail to stop him and hope he'll miss,' which admittedly happened about half the time. Maybe it was because of that impressive physique that Mustelid University of Michigan offered Mark an athletic scholarship, which he quickly accepted.
Mark spent his first two years in Mustelid Michigan as a backup player, continuously working on his fundamentals with the help of head coach Jeffrey Brauer (Scotch Collie). However, his first starting year was more or less plagued with criticism, and he was often cited as having big shoes to fill after Scoonie Barrett (Otter, F/C) left for the FBA. Knowing that Scoonie had also undergone a relative period of unknown status before his meteoric rise, however, Mark persisted.
Mark was the remaining one of two seniors in a team full of freshmen in his final year, and by this time he had somewhat gathered his skills and wits to finally be something of an actual force against the opposition; his rebounds and blocks had gone through the roof, and his shooting actually wasn't that bad for once as he averaged double digits per game. He even had his moment when he scored 20 points and grabbed 20 boards in an FCAA tournament game. Declaring for the FBA draft after his career high of a season, Mark hopes that his newly found sport will lead him to success that he never really found in gymnastics.
While charismatic and good-natured at heart, Mark has a tendency to be impulsive in saying things and making decisions without thinking about them, and this may be the reason why none of his relationships with girls have lasted long. In his free time, Mark enjoys swimming, white water rafting, and watching Japanese animation, particularly those involving giant mechas.
2015 - 2016 Regular Season Stats
2016 - 2017 Regular Season Stats