Men's Basketball

Forbes Finishes NBA Predraft Camp With 21.3 Average

Gary Forbes had the highest scoring game with 30 points on Day 3.

Gary Forbes had the highest scoring game with 30 points on Day 3.

May 31, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. - Gary Forbes was called the NBA Predraft Camp MVP by several outlets after he finished with a camp-best 21.3 scoring average on Friday. Forbes had 17 points in his final game as he improved his stock from a late second-round selection to a possible first-round pick.

Here's is what had to say:

The day started at 9:15 AM with a game between Team three and Team two, giving us another chance to take a look at camp standout Gary Forbes. The UMass senior was not quite as impressive as he was in the first two outings, but still ended up having a solid game with 17 points and 4 rebounds on 4-11 shooting in 24 minutes. Forbes put more emphasis on showing off his long-range game today, which he did quite successfully by knocking down both of his 3-point attempts. He again made smart decisions with the ball and showed a very advanced ability to create his own shot from the perimeter, looking aggressive as usual taking the ball to the basket, and getting to the free throw line at a great clip once again (this time 10 times). Defensively, he again looked below average at best thanks to his underwhelming lateral quickness. Regardless, he's clearly the MVP of the pre-draft camp by a fairly large margin, and has helped his stock considerably from being projected as a late second round pick on our board. You would think that he'd have a chance to maybe get some looks in the late first based off what we've seen here at the pre-draft camp in years past, but most NBA people we spoke with did not agree with that. We will have to wait and see...

From Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman:

Gary Forbes -- The UMass wing turned some heads at the Portsmouth camp in April and he proved it was no fluke. Forbes is tough and can score the ball. He had 30 points in a game on Thursday and was 15-of-16 from the line.




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