Forbes Signs With Italy's Gruppo Triboldi
Aug. 8, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. -- Former UMass star basketball player Gary Forbes has signed to play with Italian basketball team Gruppo Triboldi. Forbes had a standout season in the D-League in 2008-09 and was one of the top players in the NBA Summer League last month. He averaged 17.4 points per game last year with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Tulsa 66ers.
This past summer, Forbes averaged 18.0 points per game with the D-League Select Team in the Summer League. He also played professionally in the Philippines last summer. Last summer, he played with the Washington Wizards before being the fourth-overall draft pick in the NBA's D-League.
At UMass, Forbes was named the 2007-08 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection. 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.