Full Name: Joseph Forte
College: North Carolina (2003)
Professional Highlights: Forte departed UNC-Chapel Hill following his sophomore season and was selected by the Boston Celtics as the 21st overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft playing in a total of eight games his rookie season. In 2002, he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics where he averaged 1.4 points and 5.1 minutes in 17 games played. In October 2003, he was waived by the Supersonics before joining the Altitude December 2004.
College Highlights: In 2001, Joseph was selected as the co-ACC Player of the Year. A consensus First-Team All-America he led Carolina in scoring (20.9), free-throw percentage (.810), three-pointers made (55) and steals (67) as a sophomore.
The 2000 ACC Rookie of the Year, Forte won the Jimmie Dempsey Award given to UNC's overall statistical leader. As a freshmen, he led Carolina in scoring (16.7) and steal s (54), was second in assists (94), and third in rebounds (5.5). Forte was the first UNC freshman to lead the team in scoring since freshmen became eligible to play in 1972-73 and scored 600 points his first season shattering the school record for points by a freshman formerly held by Sam Perkins. A second team All Acc honoree and unanimous selection to the ACC's All-freshman team, Forte was named First-Team freshman All-America by the Sporting News and Second-Team Freshman All-America by Basketball times. He was also named National Freshman of the Year by the Columbus (Ohio) touchdown Club and was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Maui Invitational leading the Tar Heels to three wins and the title. Against Tulsa (11/11/00), He set a Smith Center record with 38 points.
Personal: Forte played for legendary prep coach Morgan Wooten and earned
first team All-America honors by USA Today as a senior at DeMatha Catholic High
School in Hyattasville, Md. He averaged 22.1 points, 8 rebounds and 3.4 assists
per game his final season. As a junior, he averaged 19.2 points and 11.9 points
as a sophomore.