Sunday, March 18, 2012

Jeffrey Forbes (#22) Season Retrospective and looking ahead to 2012-2013

Jeff Forbes always plays with
high effort; photo from
Jeffrey Forbes has played three years of basketball for the Eastern Washington Eagles and this season only Cliff Colimon saw more minutes on the court.  Jeff was behind only Parker Kelly in Free throw percentage hitting 85.4%.  Forbes leads all returning Eagles in minutes, assists, rebounds and steals.  He’s second among all returning Eagles in scoring (Chiverton), Field Goals % (Kelly), Free Throw % (Kelly), and third in Three Point % (Kelly, Chiverton).

Forbes is a 5’10” guard from Federal Way, WA and embodies Coach Hayford’s vision of playing high energy (foul free) defense and smart offense.  Forbes wasn’t the most prolific scorer this season, but also didn’t take a lot of bad shots.  He saved his best performance for when it mattered most scoring 21 points in the Big Sky Conference Quarterfinals and turning in a lock down defensive effort against Montana in the Semi-finals.

Forbes plays with confidence and
tenacity; photo from
Forbes steady presence for the Eagles promises to continue into his Senior season and if he can find a way to sink a few more of his shots he has a chance to open some eyes in the Big Sky Conference.  Jeff’s potential for next season is best shown by his 21 point performance against Idaho State a game in which he also pulled down 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals with only 1 personal foul and zero turnovers.  During that game he was tasked with defending Kenny McGowan who was one of the premier guards in the league.  According to Coach Hayford, “Jeff Forbes stepped up and had a great night -- he is a winning player. Offensively he scored 21 points, but he also was the guy guarding McGowen, who got off 28 shots. People might look at that and say McGowen had 28 points, but I look at that and say Forbes held him to 30 percent field goal shooting (9-of-28 for 32 percent).’’

Unanimous First Team All Big Sky Conference selection Will Cherry knows that Forbes can defend anyone in the conference, “They have Forbes face guard me all down the court,” Cherry said. “He does a good job.”  Jeff was largely responsible for holding Cherry to just 1 of 7 from the field when Montana came to Eastern this season.  Look for Forbes to compete for the Big Sky Conference defender of the year honors next year as well as providing the Eagles with senior leadership and hopefully some offensive fireworks next year.