Wow, we had a 6'9" guy who tried out for the team. He was just as soft, and even though this was 8th grade, he never made any basketball team, even though he shot fine. Just too soft.
I played all 3 years in high school for Lincoln in SF. I graduated at 5'5" around 120 lbs. Nobody called me soft.
Short, unskilled, a hack, dirty, yes.