|No. 55 – Arizona Whips|
|Species||Giraffe ( Giraffidae )|
July 19, 1998|
|Listed height||7 ft 4 in (2.24 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|School||Metro Atlanta University|
|FBA draft||2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 31st overall|
|Selected by the Arizona Whips|
|Pro playing career||2019–present|
|2019 - 2020||Arizona Whips|
|2021 Salary||$1 million|
|2022 Salary||$2 million|
|2023 Salary||$3 million|
|(IC) Agent||Sam Gwosdz|
|(OOC) Creator||Sam Gwosdz|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Michael Ekezie was born to a working-class parents; his father was a construction worker and his mother a teacher. Michael is the second-youngest of five siblings; he has two brothers and two sisters. His parents had immigrated to the United States thanks to Michael's mother's teaching job and it was just in 2018 that they had become full American citizens. But during that time, money was still tight and Michael's parents and his siblings had to work a lot in order to support the household.
While Mike had a job at a local gym, he watched a lot of TV and a common thing on the televisions were FSPN and he watched a lot of sports exploits while doing clean-up and organizing duties. Often, the job was hectic, but he got paid and that's all he cared about.
Mike loved his family, but often, even as a growing tall teenager, the stress was hard on him and he felt like he needed an outlet. Video games were all right, but he didn't particularly care for them. He liked to go out and knew how to stay safe and away from drugs and danger, but one could only see the city so much before boredom took over.
One day, when Mike was coming home, he happened across a local streetball court overhearing shouting and taunting and the swish of a metal chain net. Being tall, he got noticed by the group there and he was offered to come in and play a bit. Michael had never tried basketball up to that point, but decided to give it a shot.
The other players quickly made mincemeat of him with slick dribbles and passes and the taunts that came with it. But Mike didn't find himself upset; he found he enjoyed it. He was used to fighting with his siblings, so taunts didn't faze him. In fact, he found he could dish it out as he quickly figured out to use his size to his advantage and learned to score buckets, playing well until the street lights came on.
Naturally, he got a whooping from his father when he came home, but he thought it was worth it. He actually found something fun to do that he liked, and he wanted to get really good at it.
Michael was then regularly seen on the streetball court, developing pretty good dribbling skills for a kid that was 6'11"" by that point in his life. His natural hookshot gave way to pointing and tongue-wagging and the day he completed his first hard dunk, he was dubbed ""EZ"" because he made it look so good.
One day in he year he started high school, Mike spotted an elk in a polo shirt watching him as he came off the court. He introduced himself as Todd Ralston and said he was with the local Athletic Union youth league for high schoolers. Ralston told Mike with proper coaching, the giraffe could possibly turn basketball into a college scholarship. Knowing that would make his parents happy, Mike took up Ralston's offer and played in the league. Sure enough, his natural talent shone through and he was offered a scholarship to small Metro Atlanta University, which he accepted.
Though he wasn't the smartest student, Ekezie chose a simple major of Communications and managed to complete his degree when all was said and done. On the basketball court, people took notice of not only his natural hook shot, but the fact that he dribbled so well for a tall giraffe. His ball control limited turnovers and he occasionally busted out a flashy pass or two and Metro Atlanta had some moderate success while he was there, winning 15 games in a season for the first time in several years his freshman year and even beating local rival Atlanta Felidae twice in his junior year.
The two proudest moments of his life were graduating from college and learning there was interest from several scouts that he could be an FBA player. Though he obviously lacked in speed and was going to need to work on stamina and strength, the scouts were his impressed with his ability to keep the ball, dribble and he had a natural talent for rebounding and close-play to the basket. If any team took him, they could be sure that he wouldn't turn the ball over much and be able to score inside. He was raw, but given time, one scout told him, it's possible he could be an All-Star if he kept at it.