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Gary Forbes Planning To Transfer
Two-year Virginia letterman averaged 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds a game last season
From Virginia Athletics, 9/9/2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE - Gary Forbes, a two-year letterman in the University of Virginia men's basketball program, is planning to transfer to another school. Forbes indicated he plans to attend a school closer to his home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The 6-6 Forbes played in all 60 of Virginia's games during his two years in the Virginia program. He averaged 8.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 22.9 minutes played a game for those two seasons.

A guard/forward, he started four of 29 games last season and averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 22.4 minutes played a game.

As a freshman during the 2003-04 season, Forbes started 17 of the team's 31 games and averaged 7.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 23.4 minutes played a game.

Forbes is ruled ineligible
Junior swingman says he will try transferring closer to N.Y. home
By Jeff White, The Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer, 9/10/2005

CHARLOTTESVILLE -- Dave Leitao has yet to coach his first basketball game at the University of Virginia, and he's already lost one of his top returning players.

Gary Forbes, a junior who was expected to start for Leitao this season, has been ruled academically ineligible. The 6-6, 210-pound swingman said yesterday that he plans to transfer to a school closer to his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., probably the University of Massachusetts.

"I think that's probably, more than likely, where I'll be," Forbes said in a phone interview with The Times-Dispatch.

Forbes, 20, plans to enroll as soon as possible at his next school. He expects to have two years of eligibility after sitting out the coming season.

While his case was being reviewed, Forbes was not allowed to take part in official team workouts this semester. He could have applied for re-admission to U.Va. next summer, Forbes said yesterday, but "I just wanted to go somewhere close to home. Different things weren't working for me at U.Va."

Telling his teammates of his decision "was real hard, and I was trying not to get emotional," Forbes said. "But it's a business. Things happen."

Forbes averaged 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 2004-05 for Leitao's predecessor, Pete Gillen, who stepped down under pressure after the season. Forbes started only four games last season, but his minutes-per-game average was about the same as in 2003-04, when he started 17 games.

During the coaching search that followed Gillen's departure, Forbes said, he considered transferring. But after meeting Leitao, with whom he got along well, Forbes decided to stay at Virginia.

Yesterday morning, Leitao told the T-D that, because of privacy laws, he was limited in what he could say about Forbes' status. Around 3 p.m., U.Va. issued a news release that didn't mention Forbes' academic situation but stated his intention to transfer.

Leitao couldn't be reached for comment yesterday afternoon.

As a freshman, Forbes averaged 7.6 points and 4 rebounds.

Forbes to transfer to UMass
By Whitelaw Reid, The Daily Progress Staff Writer, 9/12/2005

It took Gary Forbes about a minute to decide where he wanted to play basketball next. Fittingly, he’ll be playing for the Minutemen.

Forbes, who announced on Friday that he was transferring from Virginia, is enrolling at the University of Massachusetts. The 6-foot-6 guard/forward, who averaged 9.4 points for UVa last season, said he made the decision late Sunday night.

“It’s a good situation there,” said Forbes, who would have probably started for the Cavs this season. “Travis Ford is a good coach. I’m hoping everything goes well.”

The Minutemen went 16-12 last season. Ford, who starred at Kentucky - he helped lead the Wildcats to the Final Four in 1993 - is in his first year at UMass after five seasons at Eastern Kentucky. Last season, he led the Colonels to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 25 years.

Forbes, who cited family issues and academics as his main reasons for leaving UVa, already knows many of his Minutemen teammates from his AAU days in New York City. They include Dante Milligan, Chris Lowe, Art Bowers and Rashaun Freeman.

Forbes will have two years of eligibility remaining after he sits out this season. He said the best part of his move from Charlottesville is the shorter distance that his family will have to travel to see him play. UMass is about a three-hour drive from the family’s home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Still, Forbes said the decision to transfer wasn’t easy.

“I’ll miss the friends I made and the atmosphere [at UVa],” Forbes said. “Like I said, I didn’t really want to leave, but sometimes things happen.”

UMass eyes another transfer
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 9/12/2005

The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team soon could add another player as new coach Travis Ford continues to remake the Minuteman roster.

Gary Forbes, a 6-foot-6 swingman at the University of Virginia, told the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch that he plans to leave the Cavaliers to transfer closer to his hometown of Brooklyn and that UMass is his likely destination.

'I think that's probably, more than likely, where I'll be,' Forbes told the Times-Dispatch.

To take him, UMass needs to get Forbes admitted and enrolled by the 12th day of classes which is Sept. 22.

It's not clear whether admitting Forbes would be a problem. The Times-Dispatch also reported that Forbes had been ruled academically ineligible at Virginia. It's unclear whether that was by school or NCAA standards, which would also potentially determine whether Forbes would be allowed to practice this season at UMass.

Forbes, who averaged 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds as a sophomore, scored 23 points against eventual national champion North Carolina and had a double-double (17 points and 10 rebounds) against Duke. He would have to sit out this year and have two years of eligibility remaining.

Since Ford was hired in March, he's added three players who will be eligible this season and three more who will be in uniform in 2006-07. Junior college transfer James Life, high school point guard Chris Lowe, and Brandon Thomas, who played previously at Long Island but did not play basketball last year, will be counted on to make an impact right away.

Luke Bonner (West Virginia), Etienne Brower (Boston University) and academic nonqualifier Tiki Mayben won't play until the following season.

GAME NEEDED - UMass opens its season at home against Hartford Nov. 18, and still needs one more game to complete the schedule. Officials hope to have it finalized this week.

STAFF ASSISTANT - Ford has completed his staff with Austin Newton, who played point guard for him at Eastern Kentucky. Newton fills the administrative assistant role formerly held by Jermaine Kimbrough.

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UMass enrolls hoop transfer
By Matt Vautour, Daily Hampshire Gazette Staff Writer, 9/14/2005

Former Virginia swingman Gary Forbes has officially joined the University of Massachusetts men's basketball program.

Forbes, who needed to be admitted and enrolled by Sept. 22 to be a full-time student this semester, is on campus and taking classes. While Forbes has to sit out this season due to NCAA transfer regulations, he can practice this year. He will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2006-07.

Forbes, who is from Brooklyn, knows several Minutemen from AAU play and that was a factor in his decision.

'I knew a lot of the players here, so it made an easy transition,' he said Tuesday. 'It seemed like a good situation.

'I just want to stay in the gym as much as possible and get better every day during the year off,' Forbes said.

The addition of Forbes means UMass coach Travis Ford doesn't have any scholarships to offer high school seniors, allowing him to focus his recruiting on high school juniors who will have to replace Rashaun Freeman, Stephane Lasme, Maurice Maxwell, Artie Bowers and James Life after the 2006-07 season.

Forbes, who is 6-foot-6, averaged 9.4 points and 4.1 rebounds as a sophomore. He scored 23 points against eventual national champion North Carolina and had a double-double (17 points and 10 rebounds) against Duke.

UMass will have a potentially impressive lineup sitting out this season as Forbes joins transfers Luke Bonner (West Virginia), Etienne Brower (Boston University) and Dante Milligan (Pittsburgh). Milligan will be eligible at the end of the fall semester. Academic nonqualifier Tiki Mayben is also not allowed to play or practice this season.

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Swingman Gary Forbes Transfers To UMass From Virginia
Complete player will have two years of eligibility remaining
From UMass Athletics, 9/15/2005

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts men's basketball head coach Travis Ford is pleased to announce that swingman Gary Forbes (Brooklyn, N.Y./Benjamin Banneker Academy) has transferred to UMass from the University of Virginia. Forbes will sit out the 2005-06 season as a per NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play for the Minutemen for the 2006-07 season. He will have two seasons of eligibility at UMass. Forbes was officially enrolled at UMass on Thursday afternoon and can practice with the team.

"We are thrilled to have Gary joining our basketball program," said Ford, who is entering his first season as UMass' head coach. "Gary is a proven player who performed in one of the best conferences in America. Gary gives us added depth and is a player that will have a great future at UMass. He is a complete player who can score, shoot, defend, score off the dribble and has good knowledge of the game."

With Virginia, Forbes played in all 29 games during the 2004-05 season and started four. He averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds in 22.4 minutes of action per game. He played off the bench in 25 games and averaged 21.7 minutes played a game in those games. Forbes scored a career-high 23 points and had six rebounds in the loss at North Carolina (2/16/05). He was 8-11 from the field in that game, including 3-5 from three-point range. He started for the second time during the 2004-05 season at Duke (1/16/05) and had the first double-double of his collegiate career with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He scored 17 points and had six rebounds in 31 minutes in a loss at Florida State (3/6/05). Forbes established career highs with four three-point baskets and eight three-point attempts in that game.

As a freshman in 2003-04, he averaged 7.6 points per game as he played in all 31 games and started 17 games. Forbes earned the team's Mr. Hustle Award. He ranked third among freshmen in the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding (123, 4.0 rpg), third in blocked shots (28, 0.9 bpg), fifth in steals (30, 0.97 spg), seventh in assists (46, 1.48 apg) and seventh in scoring (237, 7.6 ppg) for the 2003-04 season. Forbes finished second on the team in blocked shots (28) and steals (30). He scored a team-high 19 points in the season-ending 73-63 loss at Villanova (3/20/04) in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament. He scored a season-high 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and had two steals in the win over Minnesota (12/3/03) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Week on Nov. 24 after scoring 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds against Mount St. Mary's on (11/23/03).

In high school, Forbes selected the Newsday Player of the Year in Brooklyn and was nominated for City Player of the Year as a high school senior in 2002-03. He earned first-team All-City and All-Tri-State honors in 2002-03 at Benjamin Banneker Academy. He was the first player in Benjamin Banneker Academy history to play Division I basketball.

Gary Orlando Forbes was born on Feb. 25, 1985 in Panama. He is the son of Ana Maria and Roberto Forbes.

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