N!xau (Johnny) Xamseb
|No. 42 Santa Fe Whips|
|Place of birth||Zambia|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||253 lb (115 kg)|
His original name was N!xau, which hardly anyone can pronounce. He adopted the name Johnny when he came to the USA to play college ball at the age of 17. His reasoning is that he wanted people to be able to remember his name, so he took what he understood to be a well-known name from a famous line from The Shining. He adopted the last name Xamseb after moving as well, since his tribe in Africa only had use for one name, not two. in his native Khoisan language, Xamseb translates literally to "lion." Johnny was born and raised in a San tribe in Zambia near the Kalahari Desert. His life was as simple as it got, as he knew nothing but hunting (which he was quite good at) and what he called "hoopball" (which he was also quite good at). His hunting background, as physically laborious as it was, helped him gain immense, explosive strength in his legs and arms. In hoops, it translated to jumping as high as he could and throwing the ball (a rock in most cases) through the hoop (a flat piece of wood with a hole cut in it) as hard as he could over and over. An overly-adventurous scout discovered him and convinced him to play at the University of Louisville, where he learned the glorious results of throwing a ball through a hoop over and over again in the game of basketball. Still unable to fully grasp the English language, but fluent in seven Southern African dialects, Johnny is athletic in every sense of the word, and his dunks are sure to make the highlight reels. He hardly ever shoots more than 5 feet from the rim, but when you can get chest-high to the rim, you hardly ever need to. And his mere athletic prowess more than allows him to get plenty of dunks, rebounds, and blocked shots. The X's and O's he can work on later.