|No. 22 – Free Agent|
|Species||Giraffe ( Giraffidae )|
|Calf of Personality|
January 10, 1998|
|Listed height||7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)|
|Listed weight||244 lb (111 kg)|
|FBA draft||2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall|
|Selected by the Lorain Firestorm|
|Pro playing career||2019–present|
|2019 - present||Lorain Firestorm|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2021 Salary||$3 million|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Thin, lanky, extremely tall, and virtually half-neck: Tyrique Kendricks is a male giraffe bigfur originally from Greenville, South Carolina. Not much is known about his pre-collegiate career. He begged signed with the University of Virginia Anthropomorphics in 2016, on the merit that his high school performance was average at best but his height was a priority for UVA basketball. Scouters looking for easy pickings occasionally search for naturally tall species that have the potential to make it to the professional level; it’s seen as a “cop out” by fellow league scouters. Therefore, giraffes get a lot of collegiate attention but it doesn’t transfer to the FBA.
But a lot of hype has been thrown at Kendricks in a short amount of time due to the emergence of the “Calf of Personality” during the FCAA Tournament. Sure, UVA didn’t make it too far, and this should have killed his chances. But that didn’t stop the heads from turning.
Why was that? After 2017’s FCAA Finals run, when the state school got into the tournament for the first time in several years, many furs directed their attention to a giraffe that passed over the heads of most other (wannabe) canines and felines on the UVA squad. In 2018, their first game in the tournament vs. Sauropsida, Kendricks returned to score 11 points -- about average for a bigfur – but dominated the defensive game with 16 rebounds, 10 assists, and 4 blocks.
That performance garnered some hype that Kendricks would need for a career in basketball. But it was when scouters interviewed Kendricks after the game that reporters -- and by extension, fans watching at home -- noted watered-down, cryptic commentary that extended beyond causality. Things about running to the convenience store an hour before the game to help him score baskets, stretching his fingers against his neck, alternating his eyebrows at random, twitching ears getting in the way… in fact, here’s a snippet:
Reporter: You helped this team rally in the third quarter to take the lead back,
what did your coach say at the half to get everyone back in it?” Kendricks: Nothing. He did nothing. Reporter: … nothing? Kendricks: We say everythin’ in our heads. And then we say them on the courts. Chambers is
a foot shorter than me, sometimes he don’t hear me from down there, but we heard the words anyway. Reporter: … h- Kendricks: Yes sir, we gonna win a game.
Fans mocked the facial expressions, made them into social gifs and memes, and shared them online throughout the finals. Speculations abound: was he on drugs? Did he have severe ADD? No, it turns out he was just mentally… corrosive.
Some excused it because his performance in the next tournament game was so memorable. He scored an impressive 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists. But it was specifically the 7 blocks that, in the eyes of draft prospecting, traded the mockery for serious skill. UVA were unable to win the second game (vs. Fur Bay State), and the spiciness of Kendricks’ retorts toward other players made the jokes a little less funny. Then again, were they ever? Reporters noted the two sides of personality: the stern, agile, and towering giraffe on the court, and the enigma of virus-laden comments and exasperated memery off the court. “The Calf of Personality” was the talk of the Virginian collegiate atmosphere, and by extension, the FBA world.
And what did Kendricks say in response to all the jokes? Nobody’s dared to ask. It’d likely result in more.
Nonetheless, this attention gave Kendricks a platform to apply for the FBA 2019 Draft after graduation (another mystery unto itself) and bring some much-needed help to any team looking for a blocking bigfur who can manage front-fur scoring under the basket and through the paint.