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Gary Forbes E-mail
  • Name: Gary Forbes
  • Position: SG/SF
  • Height: 6-7
  • Weight: 220
  • College Team: Massachusetts Minutemen
  • Nationality: American
  • Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
  • Birthdate: 2/25/1985
  • Class: Senior
  • High School: Benjamin Banneker Academy

Strengths: Great ball handler for his size capable of taking most defenders off the dribble … Gets solid separation from his defender due to his quick 1st step and hesitation fakes … Excels in isolation plays where most of his defenders aren’t capable of stopping Forbes in 1 on 1 situations … Creative slasher who will use his good body control and height to convert difficult moves by using the glass or rim to shield him from shot blockers … Possesses excellent court vision and is unselfishly willing to find open teammates … Forbes’ versatility to play small forward and shooting guard allows him to create mismatches … Takes bigger players off the dribble or use his size to post up small defenders … Attacks the basket, enabling him to pick-up a solid amount of fouls … Even more impressive, once Forbes gets in the lane his strength allows him to absorb contact and finish … Has three point range on his jumper … Underrated basketball IQ - really looks at how the defense is playing him and makes game changes accordingly … Brings a great deal of toughness, has no problem playing physical or being defended hard … Has shown solid signs of a nice turnaround jumper from 16 feet … Excellent rebounder for his position … Has displayed good leadership skills this year by vocally calming teammates in key moments … Possesses the ability to hit the pull-up off the dribble if his defender is playing him for his drive … Has a great attitude and a willingness to improve.

Weaknesses: While Forbes has three point range he isn’t very consistent … Seems to get a little wild with the ball at times by being too flashy or over penetrating … These are the primary reasons he can be a little turnover prone … Tends to force shots that are very questionable … Athletically, Forbes isn’t mind blowing in any one area - he doesn’t have the quickness and leaping ability the NBA covets … Defensively, his lateral quickness leaves a little to be desired … This really seems to affect him at times when he has to defend explosive players … Not great at moving without the ball, prefers to create offensively with the ball in his hands … Perimeter shooting goes through periods of streakiness … Doesn’t play defense with the intensity and effort that you would like to see, almost appears like he views it as a chore … Lacks the upside to improve by leaps and bounds … Can get a little frustrated if his shots aren’t falling early, leading him to making some mental mistakes from time to time … Despite his passing ability Forbes can get almost single minded and drive in the lane and not think to pass out … Needs to understand what his limitations are and stick with his strengths …

Matthew Maurer - 2/19/08

Statistics

SEASONS

GP

FG%

3PT%

FT%

SPG

BPG

RPG

APG

PPG

2003-04 Virginia

31

43.1

27.6

50.7

1.0

0.9

4.0

1.5

7.6

2004-05 Virginia

29

46.6

29.9

58.5

0.6

0.7

4.1

0.9

9.4

2005-06 Massachusetts

Did Not Play Transfer Student

2006-07 Massachusetts

33

42.7

32.7

64.0

0.9

0.5

5.8

2.5

13.0

2007-08 Massachusetts

36

40.7

29.2

72.0

1.1

0.7

7.5

3.0

19.4

DIV I Totals

129

43.1

29.9

61.8

0.9

0.7

5.5

2.0

12.7

 

Comments  

 
0 #2 Mark 2008-06-27 21:25
This guy will light up the summer leagues. I don't see why not. Von Wafer and Marcus Banks dropped 42, Forbes easily could score 30. Plus he can defend and go for that steal. Don't be surprised if this dude makes his way to an NBA roster and plays in some real games.
 
 
0 #1 Goodtymes 2008-04-08 11:56
Gary Forbes (UMass) A-10 Player of the Year. Workouts will have his stock rising. Solid 2nd round Pick.

"Best kept secret of College Basketball. Doesn't receive much exposure playing in the A-10. Forbes is a fierce competitor with unlimited range. At 6-7 Forbes has NBA size/potential. This summer at the FIBA Americas Championships he averaged 17.8 pts against players currently in the league. Thus far in the 2007-2008 Forbes has carried over his success from the FIBA Championships and is lighting it up averaging 23.7 pts per game and is currently ranked 4th in the nation in scoring (NCAA). His versatility will have scouts attending many Umass games this year including the upcoming matchup vs. Syracuse." Goodtymes Nov. 14, 2007
 

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