Forbes To Play For Washington Wizards In NBA Summer League
June 27, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-American Gary Forbes will play for the Washington Wizards in the NBA Summer League. The NBA's annual showcase of young talent and free agents will take place July 11-20 in Las Vegas. 21 NBA clubs will field teams this year with all games taking place at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. The Wizards open play on July 14 vs. Portland.
"NBA Summer League is an opportunity for the incoming rookie class to get acclimated to the NBA, give teams the chance to evaluate free agents and provide further training for veteran players." said Stu Jackson, Executive Vice President, NBA Basketball Operations.
Forbes had a sensational senior season in 2007-08, finishing as the A-10's co-scoring champion with 610 points (20.3 ppg) along with Temple's Dionte Christmas. The New York native led the Minutemen to the NIT Championship game at Madison Square Garden, averaging 14.8 points in five NIT games, 17.5 in NIT Final Four, and was named to the NIT All-Tournament Team. UMass finished the season with a 25-11 record, the fifth-most wins in school history. That, combined with UMass' 24-9 record in 2006-07, gave the Minutemen their first back-to-back 20-win seasons since '94-95, '95-96.
Forbes finished his UMass career with 1,128 points to stand 28th all-time at UMass. He had 1,639 points overall in his career including 511 points at Virginia prior to coming to UMass. He joins Julius Erving as the only two players to score 1,000 points in their only two seasons at UMass. Erving had 1,370 in 1969-71.
Besides leading UMass in scoring in 2007-08, Forbes was also the team's top rebounder with 7.5 per game and second in assists with 109 (3.0 per game). He set UMass senior class records for points (698), field goals (233), free throws made (175), minutes played (1214). Forbes joins Julius Erving as the only two players to score 1,000 points in their only two seasons at UMass. Erving had 1,370 in 1969-71.
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