NBA DRAFT 2001
Joseph Xavier Forte
DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md.
March 23, 1981
Selected in the first round (21st pick overall) by the Boston Celtics.
An early entry candidate for the 2001 NBA Draft. Named First Team All-America by The Associated Press, NABC, USBWA, The Sporting News and ESPN.
Named Co-Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year with Duke's Shane Battier as a sophomore.
Became only the fourth sophomore in North Carolina history to earn consensus First Team All-America honors, joining Michael Jordan, J.R. Reid and Jerry Stackhouse.
AT NORTH CAROLINA
As a sophomore, was a unanimous First Team All-ACC selection.
Named ESPN's Co-Shooting Guard of the Year with Stanford's Casey Jacobsen.
Named to the ACC All-Tournament Team.
Led North Carolina in scoring (20.9 ppg, 19th in nation), free throw percentage (85.3%), three-pointers made (55) and steals (67).
Ranked second in the ACC in scoring, third in free throw percentage, fourth in steals (2.03 spg), ninth in field goal percentage (45.0%), 10th in assists (3.5 apg) and 13th in rebounding (6.1 rpg).
Reached double figures in 31 games, including 20 or more points 20 times.
Scored a career-high 38 points against Tulsa, breaking the Smith Center record for most points in a game, and was named MVP of the NABC Classic. Named MVP of the Tournament of Champions in Charlotte after wins over Massachusetts and College of Charleston.
Scored 24 points and had a career-high 16 rebounds, six assists and three steals in North Carolina's win at Duke.
The 16 rebounds were the most ever for a UNC guard.
Had five double-doubles, including three consecutive double-doubles in the postseason.
Named the ACC Player of the Week a league-high four times.
As a freshman, was named ACC Rookie of the Year.
Led team in scoring (16.7 ppg) and steals (54).
Selected as Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA South Regional after leading the Tar Heels to a berth in the NCAA Final Four.
Named Second Team All-ACC and was a unanimous selection to the conference's All-Freshman Team.
Named First Team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News.
Selected as National Freshman of the Year by the Columbus (Ohio) Touchdown Club.
Became the first freshman to lead UNC in scoring since freshmen became eligible to play in 1972-73.
Scored 600 points, breaking Sam Perkins' freshman record of 550 in 1980-81.
|Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 56-for-156 (.359); 2000-01, 55-for-146 (.377). Totals: 111-for-302 (.368).