Gary Forbes Featured In Boston Globe As He Prepares For NBA Predraft Camp
May 25, 2008
In his weekly NBA column in the Boston Globe, Mark J. Spears takes a look at UMass star and NBA Draft hopeful Gary Forbes, the A-10 Player of the Year in 2008. Starting Tuesday, Forbes will be one of about 70 players taking part in the NBA Predraft Camp in Orlando as they look to improve their stock for the Draft at the end of June. Check out the story.
PREPARING FOR HIS SOLO
By Mark J. Spears
The Atlantic 10 tournament. The NIT title game. Those bitter contests vs. rivals Boston College and Temple.
Sure, those games were big for University of Massachusetts swingman Gary Forbes. But the biggest games of his basketball career to date will be played without a pep band, cheerleaders, or a paying crowd.
Forbes is one of about 70 players hoping to improve their stock at the annual NBA predraft camp in Orlando this week (Tuesday through Friday). Players will go through strength and athletic testing, a thorough physical, and play games in front of executives and scouts from all 30 NBA teams.
"I'm definitely excited to go there and play for NBA scouts and showcase my talents," said Forbes. "It's a nervous process for me. Everything is on my own now.
"It's a big difference doing things individually, rather than trying to win championships. You're trying to work on individual things to get drafted."
Forbes, the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, helped his stock dramatically by making the all-tournament team at the Portsmouth Invitational, a showcase for college seniors in April. He averaged 19.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1.1 steals for Norfolk Naval Shipyards.
"He's had a terrific college career," said Celtics general manager Danny Ainge. "He's a well-rounded and versatile player. He played very well in Portsmouth in the camp. He showed that he has an all-around game."
The 6-foot-7-inch, 220-pounder has been working out in Houston for about five weeks with ex-NBA star John Lucas against the likes of Texas guard D.J. Augustin and NBA players such as ex-BC star Sean Williams, T.J. Ford, Cuttino Mobley, and Jeremy Richardson.
After Orlando, he will take part in numerous workouts before the June 26 draft. Forbes has already been contacted by Boston, Milwaukee, Miami, Portland, Seattle, New Orleans, Minnesota, Houston, New York, New Jersey, and the Lakers.
The draft process will cause him to miss his UMass graduation.
"My mom might make me take pictures with a cap and gown," Forbes said.
While Forbes is confident he will be drafted, nothing is guaranteed.
"Hopefully, in Orlando I'll be able to move up on the draft board," he said. "My agent has talked to a lot of teams. Teams are showing interest. There are a lot of loopholes. You never know where you are going. My goal is to go in the first round."
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