Shelly Brie Leonard
|No. 22 – Santa Ana Spectrums|
|Species||Striped Hyena ( Hyaenidae )|
May 8, 1998|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||222 lb (101 kg)|
|School||Wyoming Herd University|
|FBA draft||2020 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall|
|Selected by the Santa Ana Spectrums|
|Pro playing career||2020–present|
|2020 - present||Santa Ana Spectrums|
|2022 Salary||$1.5 million|
|2023 Salary||$3 million|
|2024 Salary||$1 million|
|(OOC) Creator||T.C. (Cherry)|
|(OOC) Actor||T.C. (Cherry)|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Shelly Brie Leonard was born May 8, 1998 in Chicago, Illinois and is the youngest of 3 children. As a kid she dreamed of making the game winning shot in the big stages, but in reality she was not good at basketball. Shelly had a good family that gave her love and guidance. When Shelly was a freshman in high school her father suffered a stroke which left him immobile and unable to speak. He would pass away two months later. By sophomore year she had grown to be 5'10”. She tried out for the varsity basketball team and made it only as a reserve and didn’t get to play many games.
Shelly’s senior year was when everything began to change. She earned the starting point guard position. She had grown to 6’1” and because she was so skinny she had refined her basketball skills. She did well and her team won 20 games and went on to the regional of the state championships. She was a good basketball player but not anything really great. There was nothing exceptional about her game and nobody saw FBA potential in her. There were no colleges knocking on her door. She was given a tryout at Chicago Bay but they offered her no scholarship. Her coach knew that the only way she would get to go to college was on a basketball scholarship so he called an old friend, Thomas Axel who was a coach at Wyoming Herd University. She was offered a Basic Education Opportunity Grant which allowed her to attend on a work study basis as the team manager. This meant that she got to practice with the team but was also in charge of the team’s equipment and laundry.
When Shelly arrived at Wyoming she had grown 2 more inches. She was now 6’3”. She did not arrive with the goal of becoming an FBA player, she wasn’t even sure she wanted to play varsity basketball. Her work study program did not guarantee her a place on the team so if she wanted to play she would have to work hard for it. Coach Thomas Axel told her if she worked out with weights and built her upper body strength she might be able to make the team in a year or two. Her chance came sooner than expected when several members of the team quit. She played her freshman year as a reserve and averaged only 4.3 points a game, but she impressed her coach with her desire and hustle.
When sophomore year started in the fall of 2017, Shelly had grown to 6’5”. She had now become a player of rare talent. Because of the position she played in high school she had the mentality and ball handling skills of a point guard but now she also had the height of a forward. Her unique talents allowed her to play up to 3 positions, sometimes 4 depending on the matchup.
When the season was over, Shelly began working out and got even bigger and stronger. She had now had a sense of what she wanted to do with her life. She began to think seriously about a career in professional basketball. In her junior year, Shelly was the team's leading scorer and rebounder and was named the school’s Athlete of the Year.
In Shelly’s senior year she had grown to 6’7” and became the dominant player she once was in high school. She averaged 15.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. She was again named the school’s Athlete of the Year. She was now good enough to take her skills to the next level. Shelly’s strong college career finally got her the attention she deserved and she declared for the 2020 FBA Draft.