FORD ON FORBES: "I love Gary's approach to the game, his mental approach to the game. He is very tough mentally, physically he has got great skills. He is a tremendous shooter and Gary's another player that can play the point guard position or the two guard position. He is somebody that I think physically could help our team this year. Gary gained such valuable experience this summer playing in the FIBA Championships for Panama. He was playing againt NBA players and pros from around the world which will really help him. He can score in a variety of ways from the perimeter or inside. He can be a power player, but also has a great touch from outside. He has played at the highest level in the ACC and I think he showed he was ready for the competition in our conference. He will help us leadership-wise -- as he is now a team captain. He could be one of the best players in the league. He is somebody who can really shoot the basketball, he's got great form. He's a player with good size and he's very strong and understands how to use his body. He's a very good one-on-one basketball player. Gary is another young man who has a great personality which leads to him being a leader on this basketball team. "
AS A REDSHIRT SENIOR 2007-08:
SUMMER OF 2007: Played for Panamanian National Team in the FIBA Americas Championship held in Las Vegas ... Averaged 17.8 points per game in four contest for Panama, which went 1-3 ... Averaged 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists, shooting 55.6 from the floor ... Scored a game-high 29 points against Argentina (8/26) as he made 6-of-14 from the floor and 11-of-13 from the foul line ... In win over Mexico (8/24), scored nine points ... Netted team-high 19 points against Puerto Rico (8/23), also grabbed seven boards ... In opening game of tournament, tallied 14 points and had three rebounds in overtime loss to Uruguay (8/22) ... Prior to Championships, worked out with the team in Colon, Panama for eight-day training camp ... Also worked Nike and Adidas camps.
AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR IN 2006-07: Honored by numerous publications as the Atlantic 10's Newcomer of the Year or Transfer of the Year ... Named to Preseson Atlantic 10 Second Team (Lindy's Sporting News and CBS SportsLine) ... Versatile player who started at small forward, played shooting guard and spent some time at point guard ... Only player in NCAA during season to outrebound an opponent single-handedly with 16 vs. Richmond on Feb. 3 ... Led or tied for lead in scoring nine times while leading in assists seven times and rebounding five times ... Ranked in top three on team in every statistic total: scoring (third), rebounding (third), assists (third), steals (third), blocks (tied second), 3-pointers (second), field goals (third) ... Overall, third on the team with 13.0 points per game. Also third on team at 5.8 rebounds per game and third in 2.5 assists per game ... Third on club in steals with 32 and tied for second in blocks with 16 ... Led UMass in scoring in conference games until La Salle game (2/28). Finished second with a 14.8 points per game average ... Scored in double-figures in 26-of-33 games this season (50 in his career). That includes nine of the first 10 games during the year ... Scored 10 or more points in 17 of last 20 games with 15.5 average of those games from Jan. 2-March 15 ... Netted 15 points along with four rebounds and three assists in NIT Second Round at West Virginia (3/15) ... Tallied 11 points including a clutch layup-plus free throw with 1:15 in overtime to beat Alabama (3/13) in NIT First Round ... Topped team in scoring with 13 points in A-10 Tournament vs. Saint Louis (3/8) along with seven rebounds ... Led UMass with team-high 13 points in A-10 regular-season title clinching win at Saint Joseph's (3/3) ... Over seven games (Feb. 2-24), averaged 17.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game including career-high 31 points at Temple ... Has vastly improved free-throw shooting, making 65 of last 93 attempts (70 percent) over last 19 games after starting year at 54 percent (29 of first 54) in first 13 games ... Team-high 13 points and had career-best four steals including game-saving one with one second left to seal win over Saint Louis (2/24) ... Grabbed game-high 10 rebounds vs. St. Bonaventure (2/21), but scored just five points on rough shooting night ... Honored as UMass/Dinn Brothers Co-Athlete of the Week (Feb. 21, 2007) after averaging 17 points in two wins ... Led UMass in scoring with 23 including 8-of-16 from floor and 4-of-7 from 3-pointers at Dayton (2/18), along with five rebounds ... Mired in first-half foul trouble, scored 11 of his points at Fordham (2/15) in his return to New York City ... Became first UMass player in three years to score 30 points as he tallied a career-high 31 points at Temple (2/11). Had career-highs with 10 field goals made and 23 field goals attempted. Equaled best day at the foul line going 8-of-8 for the second time ... Scored 22 points vs. Rhode Island (2/8) as he made a then-career-high nine field goals made, also grabbed nine boards ... Personally outrebounded entire Richmond team, 16-to-13, as he posted second career double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Only player in NCAA during the season to date to outrebound an opponent single-handedly. That included career-best 15 defensive rebounds, career-high tying 10 free throws and career-best 15 free throw attempts ... In first start since Dec. 22 at Kentucky, scored 13 points on 5-of-7 from the floor and added four rebounds at Charlotte (1/28) ... Double-figures in six games in a row (Jan. 2-21) -- all off the bench -- with a 16.5 average in those six games ... Over three games from Jan. 18-24, averaged 8.0 rebounds ... Tallied second-most points at UMass with 19 at Xavier (1/18), also grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists ... Shot a career-best 5-of-7 from the 3-point line and tallied 18 points in season-high 35 minutes vs. Temple (1/13) ... Netted 16 points including career-best 10-of-12 from the free-throw line (83.3 pct.) vs. George Washington (1/10) ... Tallied double-figures for the second game in a row with 12 at La Salle (1/6), added four rebounds, two assists, two steals ... Well-rounded game off the bench vs. Miami (1/2) with team-best tying 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and two blocks ... Came off the bench for the second time vs. Yale (12/28) and played just 12 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing five boards ... Had seven points and tied for team high with seven rebounds at Kentucky (12/22) ... Despite scoring just five points, grabbed season-best nine rebounds and handed out five assists at Louisville (12/13) ... Posted a career-high eight assists vs. Central Connecticut State (12/9) ... Despite a tough shooting night, scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Savannah State (11/28) ... Season-best 20 points at Jacksonville State (11/25) ... Tallied 11 points and tied career-high four blocks vs. St. Francis, N.Y. (11/22) ... 13 points, three rebounds and three assists vs. Northeastern (11/19) ... Tallied 12 points at No. 4/5 Pittsburgh (11/18) ... Scored 15 points to tie for team lead against Oakland (11/17) along with five rebounds and four assists ... Made UMass debut with 17 points and six rebounds vs. Dartmouth (11/11), first points came on a put-back dunk.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2005-06: Sat out as a redshirt due to NCAA transfer rules after coming to UMass from the University of Virginia ... Practiced with the Minutemen ... Retains two years of eligibility at UMass.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2004-05 (AT VIRGINIA): Played in all 29 games and started four ... Averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 22.4 minutes played a game ... Played off the bench in 25 games and averaged 21.7 minutes played a game in those games ... Scored a career-high 23 points and had six rebounds in the loss at North Carolina (2/16) ... Was 8-11 from the field in that game, including 3-5 from three-point range ... Started for the second time during the 2004-05 season in the loss at Duke (1/16) and had the first double-double of his collegiate career with 17 points and 10 rebounds ... scored 17 points and had six rebounds in 31 minutes in a loss at Florida State (3/6) ... Established career highs with four three-point baskets and eight three-point attempts in that game ... Started his first game of the season in the overtime victory over Loyola Marymount (12/23)
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2003-04 (AT VIRGINIA): Averaged 7.6 points per game, played in all 31 games and started 17 games during the 2003-04 season ... ranked third among freshmen in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding (123, 4.0 rpg), third in blocked shots (28, 0.9 bpg), fifth in steals (30, 0.97 spg), seventh in assists (46, 1.48 apg) and seventh in scoring (237, 7.6 ppg) for the 2003-04 season ... finished second on the team in blocked shots (28) and steals (30) ... scored a team-high 19 points in the season-ending 73-63 loss at Villanova (3/20) in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament ... scored a season-high 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and two steals in win over Minnesota (12/3) in ACC/Big Ten Challenge
BEFORE COLLEGE: Scored 1,512 points and grabbed 766 rebounds during his high school career ... Established career records for points, rebounds and blocked shots at Benjamin Banneker ... selected the Newsday Player of the Year in Brooklyn as a senior and was nominated for City Player of the Year ... earned first-team All-City and All-Tri-State honors ... McDonald's All-American finalist ... Averaged 31 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots a game as a senior ... Scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Benjamin Banneker's 75-69 loss to Lincoln High School in the Public School Athletic League "A" Championship game at Madison Square Garden his senior season ... Averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and six assists a game as a junior.
PERSONAL: Gary Orlando Forbes ... Born February 25, 1985 in Panama ... son of Ana Maria and Roberto Forbes ... Brother of Anthony, Derek, Eño, Roberto Jr. and Kadeem ... Majoring in Communications.
Forbes' CAREER STATS Year GP GS Min Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG FGA Pct FT FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg PF FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts Avg
Forbes' Career HighsCategory # Opponent, Date Points 31 at Temple, 2/11/07 Field Goals 11 Rhode Island, 2/7/08 Field Goal Att. 30 Rhode Island, 2/7/08 T-3rd UM Hist. 3-Point FG 5 Temple, 1/13/07 5 Saint Joseph's, 1/9/08 3-Point FG Att. 10 St. Bonaventure, 2/24/08 Free Throws 12 at Northern Iowa, 11/11/07 Free Throw Att. 15 Richmond, 2/3/07 Free Throw P. 100 (8-8) Duquesne, 1/21/07 100 (8-8) at Temple, 2/11/07 Rebounds 16 Richmond, 2/3/07 Def. Reb. 15 Richmond, 2/3/07 Assists 8 vs. Central Connecticut, 12/9/06 Blocks 4 Maryland, 2/19/05 4 St. Francis, 11/22/06 Steals 4 Saint Louis, 2/24/07 Minutes 39 at Temple, 2/10/08
A FEW MINUTES WITH G-FORBZ Favorite Musical Artist: Jay-Z Best Sporting Event I Ever Attended: FIBA Championships, playing for Panama Favorite TV Show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air Favorite Web Site: ESPN.com Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Lenny Elmore Favorite Pro Sports Team: Golden State Warriors Pro Sports Team I Would Like To Play For: Lakers Favorite Athletes: Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant Childhood Idol: My brother- Anthony Fields Magazine Cover I'd Like to Be On: Forbes Team I'd Like To See Added To The Schedule: Virginia Best Player I Ever Faced: J.J. Redick Best Player I Ever Played With: Cheese a.k.a. Andrew Walker Toughest Place I Ever Played: Cameron Indoor Most People Don't Know This But: I have diabetes My Biggest Fear: God and the open sea My First Memory of Basketball: Losing to my brother when I was two years old Most Famous Person I Ever Met: Kobe Bryant My Most Prized Possession: My family Place I'd Like to Visit: Fiji Best Moment at UMass: Transferring My Most Memorable Moment in College Athletics: Playing at UNC If I Didn't Play College Basketball I Would Play: Football Who Had the Greatest Impact on My Life: My family Pre-game Rituals: Ice-tub/hot tub Best Advice From a Coach: Shut up and play My Best Non-Athletic Talent: Writing If I Had $1 Billion Dollars I Would: Buy a Country