Pre-season report from Head Coach Travis Ford: “I love Gary's approach to the game, his mental approach to the game. He is very tough mentally, physically he has got great skills. He is a tremendous shooter and Gary's another player that can play the point guard position or the two guard position. He is somebody that I think physically could help our team this year. Gary gained such valuable experience this summer playing in the FIBA Championships for Panama. He was playing againt NBA players and pros from around the world which will really help him. He can score in a variety of ways from the perimeter or inside. He can be a power player, but also has a great touch from outside. He has played at the highest level in the ACC and I think he showed he was ready for the competition in our conference. He will help us leadership-wise – as he is now a team captain. He could be one of the best players in the league. He is somebody who can really shoot the basketball, he's got great form. He's a player with good size and he's very strong and understands how to use his body. He's a very good one-on-one basketball player. Gary is another young man who has a great personality which leads to him being a leader on this basketball team.”
Sat out as a redshirt due to NCAA transfer rules after coming to UMass from the University of Virginia … Practiced with the Minutemen … Retained two years of eligibility at UMass.
Pre-season report from Head Coach Travis Ford: “Gary is coming in a proven basketball player at the highest level. He is somebody who can really shoot the basketball, he's got great form. He's a player with good size and he's very strong and understands how to use his body. He's a very good one-on-one basketball player. Gary is another young man who has a great personality which leads to him being a leader on this basketball team already. He's a great addition to our basketball team, an all around great player and eventually for us he will become one of the great players in the country.”
|2005-06||Did not play under NCAA transfer rules|
|with Virginia||with UMass|
|Points||23 - vs North Carolina (2/16/05)||31 - at Temple (2/11/07)|
|Field Goals||9 - twice, last vs Virginia Tech (2/12/05)||11 - vs Rhode Island (2/7/08)|
|Field Goals Att.||18 - vs Duke (1/16/05)||30 - vs Rhode Island (2/7/08)|
|3-Point FG||4 - vs Florida State (3/6/05)||5 - twice, last vs Saint Joseph's (1/9/08)|
|3-Point FG Att.||8 - vs Florida State (3/6/05)||10 - vs St. Bonaventure (2/24/08)|
|Free Throws||5 - vs Clemson (3/11/04)||12 - at Northern Iowa (11/11/07)|
|Free Throw Att.||9 - twice, last vs Minnesota (12/3/03)||15 - vs Richmond (2/3/07)|
|Rebounds||12 - vs Loyola Marymount (12/19/03)||16 - twice, last vs St. Bonaventure (2/24/08)|
|Assists||4 - twice, last vs Iowa State (12/31/03)||8 - vs Central CT St. (12/9/06)|
|Blocks||4 - vs Maryland (2/19/05)||4 - vs St. Francis (NY) (11/22/06)|
|Steals||3 - vs Coastal Carolina (12/22/03)||4 - vs St. Louis (2/24/07)|
|Minutes||37 - vs Western Kentucky (1/5/05)||39 - at Temple (2/10/08)|
Courtesy: UMass Athletics
Played in all 29 games and started four … Averaged 9.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 22.4 minutes played a game … Played off the bench in 25 games and averaged 21.7 minutes played a game in those games … Scored a career-high 23 points and had six rebounds in the loss at North Carolina (2/16) … Was 8-11 from the field in that game, including 3-5 from three-point range … Started for the second time during the 2004-05 season in the loss at Duke (1/16) and had the first double-double of his collegiate career with 17 points and 10 rebounds … scored 17 points and had six rebounds in 31 minutes in a loss at Florida State (3/6) … Established career highs with four three-point baskets and eight three-point attempts in that game … Started his first game of the season in the overtime victory over Loyola Marymount (12/23).
Averaged 7.6 points per game, played in all 31 games and started 17 games during the 2003-04 season … 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 … finished second on the team in blocked shots (28) and steals (30) … scored a team-high 19 points in the season-ending 73-63 loss at Villanova (3/20) in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament … scored a season-high 22 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and two steals in win over Minnesota (12/3) in ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Scored 1,512 points and grabbed 766 rebounds during his high school career … Established career records for points, rebounds and blocked shots at Benjamin Banneker … selected the Newsday Player of the Year in Brooklyn as a senior and was nominated for City Player of the Year … earned first-team All-City and All-Tri-State honors … McDonald's All-American finalist … Averaged 31 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots a game as a senior … Scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Benjamin Banneker's 75-69 loss to Lincoln High School in the Public School Athletic League “A” Championship game at Madison Square Garden his senior season … Averaged 27 points, 11 rebounds and six assists a game as a junior.
Gary Orlando Forbes … Born February 25, 1985 in Panama … son of Ana Maria and Roberto Forbes … Brother of Anthony, Derek, Eño, Roberto Jr. and Kadeem … Majoring in Communications.
Follow Gary's post-college career on his Wikipedia page.