22 Jeffrey Forbes
22 Jeffrey Forbes
Height: 5-10
Weight: 170
Year: So.
Hometown: Federal Way, Wash.
High School: Federal Way HS '09
Position: G
Experience: 1L

Kirk Earlywine on Forbes: Up until the first week of November we were planning to redshirt him. In my opinion, he and Glen Dean were the two best freshmen in the league. With Kevin Winford, I could make the argument that they were the three best. Jeffrey was extraordinarily well-coached at Federal Way and played with really good players. A lot of high school guys come in and they need to get a lot of shots to get their points because they are used to getting a lot of shots. Jeffrey is accustomed to getting his 13 points on four or five shots and getting to the free throw line a couple of times. I like that. He was also one of the fastest athletes in the State in high school, and gives us exceptional speed and quickness. Jeffrey is strong, quick and he’s fast, and is a lock-down defender in the Big Sky. And he can shoot the ball from the arc.” 

2009:10: Forbes was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team and has a 3.2 grade point average at Eastern. He was also one of the top newcomers in the league, averaging 13.2 points in 16 Big Sky Conference games to rank 12th in league-only statistics. He averaged 11.0 points overall (17th in the league) as he started 27 of 30 games in the 2009-10 season. Besides teammate Glen Dean and Forbes, no other freshman ranked in the top 24 in the league in scoring overall and in the top 22 in league games only. Forbes led the Eagles with an average of 31.2 minutes per game (33.8 in league play to rank seventh in the Big Sky). Although he made only 41.9 percent of his shots overall and 36.4 percent from the three-point arc, those percentages increased to 48.0 and 45.7, respectively, in league play. His free throw shooting was steady all year, making a team-best 87.5 percent (49-of-56) that would rank fourth in the league had he met the minimum of two free throws made per game. In league games only, Forbes made 28-of-31 shots from the charity stripe for 90.3 percent that would have ranked second in league-only statistics if he qualified. He led Eastern in scoring seven times, steals on 11 occasions and assists in four outings, and scored in double figures in 18 of 28 games. His best scoring performance came in his fourth collegiate game when he had 24 points in a 72-68 victory at Texas Arlington (11/21/09). He scored in double figures in his last 12 league games (13 overall), including highs of 18, 17 and 18 in three-straight games versus Sacramento State (2/7/10), Montana State (2/12/10) and Montana (2/14/10). His other season highs were six rebounds against Montana State (2/12/10), seven assists versus Walla Walla (12/1/09) and five steals against Chicago State (12/22/09). 

High School: Graduated from Federal Way HS in 2009. He helped Federal Way win the 2009 State 4A title as the Eagles finished the 2008-09 season 27-2 and 14-2 in the SPSL, and won their final 16 games of the year. Forbes averaged 11.2 points per game en route to second team All-South Puget Sound League North Division honors. A 50 percent shooter from the field overall and from three-point range, he scored in excess of 20 points on three occasions. He had a season-high 24 late in the season against Central Kitsap and 23 early in the season against Auburn, which is coached by former Eagle standout Ryan Hansen. Forbes scored 38 points in four State 4A Tournament games, including five in a 62-54 win over Garfield in the championship game and 16 in a semifinal win over Kentridge. As a junior, Forbes averaged 12 points a game as the Eagles finished fourth in the eight-team SPSL North Division. But he helped fuel a late-season run to the State 4A title game where Federal Way lost to two-time unbeaten state champion Ferris. Forbes scored in double figures in seven of his team’s nine playoff games, including 17 in state tournament wins over Franklin and Decatur. His two free throws with 12 seconds left helped seal the stunning upset over second-ranked Franklin.

Personal: Born Sept. 24, 1989, in New Orleans, La. He is undecided on a major. Parents are Jeffery and Jill Forbes.

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