Men's Basketball

Forbes Dominates With 30 Points In Second Contest At NBA Predraft Camp

Gary Forbes is seeking to become the second UMass player drafted in the NBA in as many years.

Gary Forbes is seeking to become the second UMass player drafted in the NBA in as many years.

May 30, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. - UMass' 2008 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Gary Forbes starred in his second game leading his White Team with a camp-best 30 points on Thursday. Forbes made 15-of-16 from the foul line and 7-of-16 from the floor in just 26 minutes. He continues to impress the scouts in attendance from every NBA team. He led his team in scoring in his first game with 17.

Here's what said about Forbes:

If there was to be a player of the day award, then without a doubt it would have to be given to Gary Forbes (30pts, 15-16ft, 2stl). Even though his team lost, it was no fault of Forbes, who almost singlehandedly brought his team back from a large deficit. In the early going Forbes looked to set his teammates up, yet when he realized they weren't capitalizing, he took it upon himself to put points on the board.

He may have forced the issue too much at times, looking a bit selfish, but nobody can argue with his effectiveness and results. He scored in a variety of ways: hitting tough shots right out of the triple threat, showing his touch with soft floaters and even some athleticism by getting to the hoop and absorbing contact and still having enough body control to give the ball a chance to go in.

Although he was very impressive scoring, he may have been just as good on the defensive end, where he chased Richard Roby (3-9fg) off screens and forced him to put the ball on the floor and settle for difficult shots. He can get overaggressive and get cheap fouls sometimes as he does lack great lateral speed, but one has to respect the effort he put in on this end.

Here's what had to say about Forbes' performance:

For Team 2, the best player on the floor (and likely of the day) was clearly Gary Forbes, stringing together one of the best single-game performances (30 points, 7-16 FG, 15-16 FT, 26 minutes) we've seen in the last five years of the pre-draft camp. Forbes was incredibly aggressive putting the ball on the floor with either hand and making very strong moves to the basket, being very physical once there and in turn getting to the free throw line at will. His scoring instincts might be the best of any wing player at this camp, as he makes up for his lack of freakish athleticism with phenomenal footwork and body control, being able to quickly read and exploit angles, or move intelligently without the ball, in turn showing a very good basketball IQ that impressed many people here. Although his perimeter shot wasn't a huge part of his game once again, he knocked down one of his two attempts from NBA range, which leaves optimism in that regard. He's making a strong push for consideration in the early second round or possibly higher.




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