Sebastian Kosciusko

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Sebastian Kosciusko
(Toucan, F)
ID#782
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No. 47 – Santa Ana Spectrums
Position Forward
Species Toucan ( Ramphastidae )
Gender Male
Nickname(s)
Seba
King of Eldorado/El Alado
Couscous
Personal information
Born Eldorado, Argentina
Nationality Argentinian
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Shoots Right
Career information
School El Alado College
FBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Las Vegas Wildcards
Pro playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014-2015 Las Vegas Wildcards
2015-2016 Williamsburg Minutemen
2016-present Santa Ana Spectrums
Career highlights and awards
  • FBA Rookie All-Star (2015)
Contract information
Contract year 2019
2021 Salary $12 million
2022 Salary $12 million
2023 Salary $12 million
Player Contacts
(IC) Agent Blake Toivonen
(OOC) Creator Khed
(OOC) Actor Khed
(OOC) Usage Ask me before any use

Biography

Seba Kosciusko (full name: Sebastián Demetrio Kosciusko-Galván) was born and raised mostly on the outskirts of the hilly northeastern Argentine city of Eldorado, overlooking the Paraná toward Paraguay and surrounded by the rich vegetation of the Misiones jungle. The second of five children, most of his young life was spent in poverty. His father, a black-crowned night heron of Polish stock whose ancestors crossed the Atlantic about eighty years before, worked as a bricklayer, painter, and even as a fisherman at various points during his childhood. His mother, a keel-billed toucan from Oberá -the nearby city where she met Seba's father, known for its verdure atop red-soiled hills- sometimes took on odd jobs to feed the family.

In between too-infrequent meals and classes, Seba would play with his siblings and neighborhood children in soccer games on the local field. Despite fútbol being the preferred sport of the neighborhood, he also discovered that he had a propensity for básquet. While he had decent enough agility on the field, he could never develop the power or coordination to direct or dribble the soccer ball. With his hands, however, he had more than sufficient skill to shoot, block, and dribble - of another sort, of course.

After saving for a time, he and his family were able to get him accepted into a local athletic club, where his skills soon surpassed his peers'. Both Seba and his parents saw in his abilities something more than a hobby: it was a potential escape from the family's chronic economic woes, and they would invest in it.

Shortly after he turned 14, a local labor shortage and better prospects for the family led them to leave Eldorado for the provincial capital, Posadas. Taking up residence in a much larger city was difficult socially, but Seba's sport life shot forward when he was taken on by the prestigious avian Club Sokol, a springboard from which he was able to participate in regional and even national tournaments with those his age.

While he discovered that his best talents did not lie in the flashy realm of point-scoring guards, his teammates slowly realized that on top of his above-average rebounds, Seba had an uncanny ability to limit the opposing team's capacity to score. Whenever Seba had to sit out, even though the team did just about as well as it would normally, its opponents were more likely to match or exceed their previous performance. Some assumed that the team from Club Sokol was merely lucky, but the rumor began that one of the provincianos had made a bargain with a demon to rig games in their favor. A devout Catholic, Seba tried to quash the rumors, but his opposition merely fueled the speculation and attributed the supernatural hijinks to the unamused toucan. Some even considered making pacts themselves when Seba got selected as one of the best young basketballers in Argentina.

Beyond doing as best he could basketball, Seba also had another goal: attend college, if possible in the United States. Not only might basketball help with his admission and pay for his education there, but time in America -whether from his degree or a career obtained there - would provide him and his family both notoriety and financial stability. To this end, he held his beak to the grindstone throughout secondary school; when he wasn't sweating his feathers off on the court he was immersed in his studies, especially English. Even though he was never the most brilliant student, his determination was exemplary.

In the end, he was able to land a basketball scholarship at El Alado College, a Southern California school dedicated to avian excellence with a large Ibero-American contingent in its student body. Having been recruited for the basketball team, he immediately began preparing on arrival, surprised by the quality of the college's training facilities and the nonchalance of many of his teammates. When his teammates heard about his place of origin, they nicknamed him the "King of Eldorado" - an epithet which, at first to Seba's consternation and later to his amusement, stuck. The variant “King of El Alado” came later.

One benefit of El Alado, furthermore, was that Seba's older cousin Danny Almirón, whose parents had moved to California from Argentina when Danny was very young, was also in school there. Danny, in his senior year when Seba began, lived close enough to El Alado that after fulfilling his year at the dorms, Seba was able to move into Danny's apartment, whence he would leave early every morning and return late at night. Classes, homework, practice, and a part-time job to pay for expenses beyond tuition and to help out his family occupied nearly all of his time, and Danny rarely saw him outside of his bed or a textbook on organic chemistry or immunology.

Even though they were of a feather (their mothers were sisters), flocking together proved a challenge. Seba's hard-nosed frugality and experience of poverty gave him a sober outlook that clashed with his cousin's laid-back, contented manner, which Seba attributed to a spoiled American childhood. Danny attempted to bridge the gap by attending some of Seba's games, but this somewhat backfired, as it was seen as a reminder of his leisure time. He proposed working out with Seba, but Seba's studies and Danny's work in the admissions office meant that they could never coincide. Seba never had time or interest, either, in the games of touch American football Danny enjoyed so much.

While he had prepared for a medical career –something he could do either in America or Argentina– Seba decided partway through his college career to seriously attempt for a spot in Furry Basketball Association draft upon graduation in 2014, something he had thought out of his reach before. He carefully balanced his skills, keeping an eye on his competitors from around the world to best leverage his own strengths. He did not care about the stardom that would come with professional sports; for Seba, the attempt at the FBA Draft would be the dream of the young bird in Eldorado, watching grainy footage of his heroes and trying to replicate their moves on the court down the street. Though unwarranted feelings of insufficiency sometimes overtook him, he had resolved that he would try it, and he worked tirelessly for his new goal.

His work paid off when he was selected as player of the year at El Alado in addition to being team captain. Though his team had originally confused his quietness for misanthropy, they came to appreciate his keen analytical mind, capacity for organization, and dogged determination. Furthermore, though his school was often overlooked in college basketball commentary, during his time the El Alado Phoenixes rose from the metaphorical ashes to their first winning seasons in years. Recognizing Seba's contributions to this turnaround, El Alado's league selected him as one of their all-star players.

With only graduation and the draft lying between him and the rest of his life, Seba hopes for both the realization of his childhood daydreams -now in reach- of playing the sport he loves as a career and helping repay with gratitude his family's constant support of his efforts.


Notes on Personality

Seba is a perfectionist: his method of dealing with uncertainty is to master a skill so thoroughly that he cannot be questioned. He operates best under sets of clear - or relatively clear - rules. Once he knows the rules, he can abide by them and express creativity within their bounds, but either way he feels comfortable knowing the bounds of good performance and excellence. If he knows what he wants and how to get there, nothing can stop him. This is one reason why sports are a refuge for him. He feels that he has fine-tuned control over his body in a game, a sensation he finds very satisfying. And even though there is a lot of randomness, human error, and improvisation, the game is structured in a way Seba understands and which he can manipulate for his (and the team's) own good. This is one reason why he's become very good at directing the team: even if he isn't the most socially adept person, he knows from observation and study how people and teams interact and can plan accordingly. It's also one reason he finds comfort in his faith: it is very orderly, no pun intended, and allows for clear absolvement of guilt if needed.

His problem, then, lies in circumstances where he doesn't have the mastery needed for control of the situation. He's gotten accustomed to the insecurities of the court so that when a game isn't going his way he can adapt, but negotiating new social situations and major life transitions often proves daunting for him. When there is something far outside of his comfort zone on the horizon, moreover, his anxiety about it can seep into other aspects of his life. If he believes himself to have made a large mistake, it is likely that he will relive that moment over and over in his mind, creating safeguards so that it will never happen again. Most often these supposed infractions stem from a belief that he neglected some sort of duty: to his team, to his teammate or friend, to his family back home.

Given these barriers, Seba sometimes finds it difficult to make and maintain friendships. He isn't antisocial by any stretch of the imagination, but sometimes he feels that recreation or social interaction without a defined goal is a luxury he literally cannot afford - the consciousness of his precarious financial situation is his sword of Damocles. Frequently this leaves him lonely, an emotion to which he has been practically desensitized; as a consequence, anyone who puts in the time and effort to befriend or care for Seba will be met with bafflement or, after he realizes their sincerity, deep gratitude he will have trouble expressing.

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