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Forbes Nets 17 In NBA Predraft Camp Debut

Gary Forbes scored 17 in his first game of the NBA Predraft Camp.

Gary Forbes scored 17 in his first game of the NBA Predraft Camp.

May 28, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. - In his first game of the NBA Predraft Camp in Orlando, UMass' Gary Forbes scored 17 points and added three assists for the Blue Team, earning praise from those in attendance. Forbes shot 6-of-10 from the floor for his team, which won 90-85. Forbes will continue play on Thursday and Friday at the Milk House in Orlando.

After a slow start, Forbes emerged in the second half as his team secured the win. Forbes scored 12 in the second half.

According to ESPN's Doug Gottlieb, "Forbes really impressed me. He shot in his range, he set up his teammates and was in line to create." led its report on Day 2 with Forbes. Here's what the site had:

Gary Forbes will gladly settle for a spot on the NBA 60 list, as in the 60 players who'll hear their names called this year at the Draft, slated for June 26 in New York.

He made a pretty good case for inclusion Wednesday night, scoring 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting in his Pre-Draft Camp debut in Orlando, as Team Two defeated Team One 90-85.

Forbes began the game in attack mode and never let up, constantly putting pressure on the defense and either making plays near the basket for himself or his teammates. It was somewhat reminiscent of his solid showing in Portsmouth, though a lot more efficient.

Over the past two seasons at UMass, Forbes has been what you'd call a volume scorer, someone who needs a lot of shots to get his points. That held true to some extent in Portsmouth, though Forbes showed some other dimensions to his game, such as the ability to pass and be an additional ball-handler at the small forward position.

It all clicked Wednesday night, giving many of the folks in attendance something to think about in the second round in June. Truth be told, if the second round featured only the most deserving players, Forbes would be a pretty safe bet to be drafted. The reality is that many of the teams drafting in the second round don't have roster spots available, and will take an international player and stash him overseas for a few years. Or, they'll take a flier on a younger player with a little more mystique about him.



Here's what Draft Express had to say: "Gary Forbes was clearly the best player on the winning team. He looked extremely instinctive putting the ball on the floor and taking it to the rack, getting to the free throw line repeatedly and finishing impressively around the cup. He also made some excellent passes, showed nifty ball-handling skills, and generally left a very strong first impression. He's not overly athletic, but he's extremely smart and crafty, and he just continued to add on what was an excellent performance last month at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. We'll be watching him in the drills tomorrow to see how he shoots the ball from the perimeter."


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