Langston Coates

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Langston Coates
(Giant Squirrel, C/F)
ID# 1232
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No. 3 – Alaska Arctics
Position Bigfur
Species Giant Squirrel ( Sciuridae )
Gender Male (he/him/his)
Nickname(s)
Lang'
Personal information
Born (2001-12-02) December 2, 2001 (age 20)
Valley Stream, NY
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Shoots Left-handed
Career information
School Edgerton University
FBA draft 2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18th overall
Selected by the Bangor Tides
Pro playing career 2021–present
Career history
2021 - 2022 Bangor Tides
2022-present Alaska Arctics
Career highlights and awards
  • FBA Rookie All-Star (2022)
Contract information
Contract year 2021
2022 Salary $3 million
2023 Salary $3 million
Player Contacts
(IC) Agent Kit
(OOC) Creator Kit
(OOC) Actor Unknown
(OOC) Usage Ask me before any use

Biography

Langston was born to two Indian parents, one a British citizen, the other an emigrant to the United States. They liked to joke that he came into the world with a scream and never stopped begging for attention after that. Langston's father Robert is a patent and IP attorney working for a well-respected British firm, working from their Ney York offices. His mother was, for a time, an ensemble dancer and dance captain on Broadway, though she left the stage to raise Langston. Once he was into his teens, she opened a studio and trains others to follow their passion, and she keeps auditioning and hoping. It's a long shot for a dancer in their 30's, to say nothing of the...unique coloration of their species; but she never stops hoping.

Langston's home was a good one - he grew up in Valley Stream, NY. His parents made sure he never lacked opportunities, and so he played soccer, baseball, and basketball in grade school took piano lessons, was involved in an active cub, then boy scout troop. He took a few years of dance lessons at his mom’s studio, and it was all fine. Nothing really caught his interest in full though. He'd take two or three years doing something, then grow tired of it and move on. Soccer and basketball lasted longer than most other activities, in part because Langston (just 'Lang' to his friends by the time he was a teenager) had a lot of energy to burn off, and sports was one of the few activities that could keep him mostly level.

Once he hit Jr. High it was clear that Langston was going to be very tall - even for a giant squirrel. He topped 6 feet tall just after his 14th birthday and showed no signs of stopping. He continued to play soccer in the fall and basketball in the winter, and at his mother's persistent encouragement, did theater in the spring and summer. Langston's voice was actually decent, and he was athletic enough to keep up with dance numbers in any given musical, but his size never ceased to be an issue - he was a head or two taller than most of his peers. Still, he continued to sing, sporadically taking voice lessons, and learning enough guitar playing "to be dangerous".

Basketball slowly became his outlet - he was never short of energy, on or off the court. He quickly found a place playing center and occasionally power forward on the school teams. The investment of time and energy (however uncommon for him) paid off as he found himself on the Varsity squad for South Valley High School. His playing was above average, and his size was a boon to the squad, never mind the showboating antics and pranks from the squirrel. His coaches and teammates tolerated them in equal measure with the increased winning percentage. His opponents fumed at the smirky grins they got as the giant squirrel casually blocked shots.

After a solid performance in the FCAA tournament his sophomore year, Langston declared for the draft, recognizing that college simply wasn't going to hold his interest and professional basketball had a far better chance. His parents weren't sold on the prospect, but they also acknowledged he was probably correct and remain supportive of this lifestyle.

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