|Hometown:||Federal Way, Wash.|
|High School:||Federal Way HS '09|
Jim Hayford on Forbes: “Jeffrey Forbes is a winner. He comes from a Federal Way program that is one of the best high school basketball programs not only in Washington, but on the West Coast. He knows what it takes to win and his work ethic is outstanding. He shoots the ball well, plays hard and has tremendous speed. I think the transition to a new coaching staff will be easier for Jeff than some of our other players.”
Career: Forbes ranks in the top 10 on several Eastern season and career lists. He has 102 3-pointers made in his career to rank seventh, his 263 attempts are 11th and his .388 percentage ranks 10th. After setting a single season school record for free throw percentage (.900, 54-of-60) as a sophomore, Forbes has made what would be a school record at 88.8 percent (103-of-116) in his career, but he is four attempts shy to meet the minimum of two free throw attempts per game. Currently with the school record is the 84.9 percent performance of Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame member Dick Edwards (1953-55). Forbes made 55 3-pointers in the 2010-11 season to rank as the 11th-most in Eastern history.
2010-11: Forbes set a single season school record for free throw percentage (.900, 54-of-60), just ahead of the previous record of .899 set by Darren Cooper in 2002. He finished fifth on the team with a 9.8 scoring average, making 41.2 percent of his field goal attempts overall and 55-of-134 three-point attempts (41.0 percent). He also averaged 2.0 assists per outing while starting 23 of 30 games. Forbes averaged 12.9 points per game at home (second on the team), making 46.8 percent of his shots overall and 47.8 percent from three-point range. On the road, he was sixth on the team with a 7.2 average on 35.7 percent shooting overall and 33.8 percent from the arc. Forbes scored in double figures 13 times in the 2010-11 season, and led the team in scoring three times. He had a team-leading four 20-point performances -- all at home -- including 23 versus New Hope (12/4/10) and 21 in back-to-back home games versus Sacramento State (12/29/10) and Northern Colorado (12/31/10). He also led Eastern in assists and steals eight times each, rebounds twice and blocked shots once. He entered the March 2 game at Weber State averaging only 6.6 points per game on the road on 31.7 percent shooting (30.5 percent from the three-point line). But he responded in a huge way, making 7-of-9 shots overall and 3-of-5 attempts from the arc in EWU’s 75-59 win. He finished with 17 points and also had a pair of steals as EWU forced a season-high 23 turnovers leading to a season-high 29 points off turnovers. His scoring performance was his best in 16 games since his back-to-back 21-point efforts to open the league season against Sacramento State and Northern Colorado in late December.
2009:10: Forbes was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team. Named as the recipient of the team’s Best Defender award, he was 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, 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 have ranked 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 South Puget Sound League North Division, and won their final 16 games of the year. Forbes averaged 11.2 points per game en route to second-team All-SPSL 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. Communications major. Parents are Jeffery and Jill Forbes.