Forbes Selected Fourth Overall By Sioux Falls In NBA D-League Draft
Nov. 7, 2008
AMHERST, Mass.-- UMass All-American Gary Forbes was selected fourth overall by the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBA D-League draft which took place on Friday night. Forbes, who was at the UMass women's exhibition game at the Mullins Center will hope to duplicate the succes of former Minuteman Stephane Lasme who used D-League success to sign with the Miami Heat last season.
"I am excited to have the chance to play in the D-League," Forbes said while watching the Minutewomen on Friday night as he prepared to leave for South Dakota next week. "This is my chance to get to play and I'm going to work to an opportunity to get to the NBA. I'm ready to head to Sioux Falls on Wednesday and play my hardest."
Forbes played for the Washington Wizards' summer league team and went to Italy with hoep of playing their before the team he signed with folded. Forbes starred in the NBA Predraft Camps in Orlando and Portsmouth.
Here is the complete bio from the NBA.
Pro Career Highlights: Participated in NBA summer league with the Washington Wizards in 2008.
College Highlights: Named Atlantic-10 Player of the Year as a senior. Also earned First Team All-Conference honors. Named
Atlantic-10 Newcomer/Transfer of the Year as a junior. Finished collegiate career as the 28th all-time leading scorer in Massachusetts
history with 1,128 points, joining Julius Erving as the only players in school history to surpass the 1,000 career point mark in only two
seasons. Played two seasons at Virginia before transferring to Massachusetts. Sat out the 2005-06 season at Massachusetts under
NCAA transfer rules. Averaged 17.8 points for the Panama National Team in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.
Senior (2007-08): Ranked second in the A-10 in scoring (19.4 ppg). Season total of 698 points ranked as the second-best in school history. Started all 36 games. Posted nine double-doubles. Scored 20 or more points 18 times, including a season-high 29-point effort at Northern Iowa. Posted 25 points and 13 rebounds vs. Boston University. Registered 26 points and 13 rebounds vs. Rhode Island. Tallied 12 points, 12 rebounds, and a career-high seven assists at Temple. Scored 18 points and pulled down a career-high-tying 16 rebounds vs. St. Bonaventure. Notched 19 points vs. Florida in the post-season NIT semifinals. Scored 16 points vs. Ohio State in the NIT championship game.
Junior (2006-07): Averaged 13.0 points and 5.8 rebounds. Started 23 of 33 games. Scored 20 or more points four times. Recorded a career-high 31 points and 14 rebounds at Temple. Posted a double-double of 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds vs. Richmond. Scored 23 points at Dayton. Tallied 22 points and nine rebounds vs. Rhode Island. Recorded 15 points at West Virginia in the second round of the post-season NIT.
Sophomore (2004-05): At Virginia, averaged 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 22.4 minutes a contest. Started four times. Scored in double figures 15 times. Registered season-high 23 points vs. North Carolina. Recorded first career double-double with 17 points and ten rebounds at Duke. Posted 21 points in games vs. Furman and Virginia Tech. Tallied 17 points and six rebounds at Florida State.
Freshman (2003-04): Averaged 7.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 23.4 minutes a contest. Started 17 of 31 games. Scored in double figures ten times. Tallied a season-high 22 points, nine rebounds, and two steals vs. Minnesota. Pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds at Loyola Marymount. Scored 21 points in the season opener vs. Mount St. Mary's. Led team with 19 points vs. Villanova in the second round of the post-season NIT.
Personal: Majored in communications. Helped serve as a radio broadcaster on UMass women's basketball games. Has diabetes.
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