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Forbes enriches USask’s frontcourt

Posted on 15. Apr, 2011 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, High School


The University of Saskatchewan Huskies basketball program has really made a name for itself in the past few years with their physically dominant and imposing frontcourt rotation, key to their CIS championship in 2010 and this year’s run to the national semifinals. With the addition of 6’6” 220-pound Matthew Forbes (Regina Beach, SK/Lumsden), the Huskies have made a giant step in solidifying their post dominance of the future.


Matt fits perfectly into our style of play,” says Huskies head coach Barry Rawlyk. “He can score inside, but he can also shoot the ball from beyond the arc. Once he gets stronger and more comfortable with what we do, his inside-outside skill set will cause some problems for people."


As a Top 50 member of the Class of 2011 and the top-ranked power forward playing in western Canada this year, Forbes brings a physically tough build and mentally skilled game when he’s on the court. He has no problem being physical in the block and can intimidate opposing players with his abilities to box out and block shots. 


Being one of the best programs in the country, they are dedicated coaches and a great group of guys,” said Forbes about the USask program. “And they have a combined degree (in Kinesiology & Education) where I will come out with two degrees in the areas I want.”


Last summer, Forbes really worked on extending his offensive game and showed this season that his outside shooting can extend beyond the arc. He would go on to lead the U17 Saskatchewan team to a semifinal appearance at Nationals in August, contributing an impressive 14.6 ppg & 8.6 rpg.


Obviously Matt is athletic, has great hands and good ball skills,” added Rawlyk. “But the thing I'm really impressed with is his understanding of the game. His basketball I.Q. is very good, and he anticipates things on the court really well."


Forbes finished off his high school career at Lumsden High School in style, capturing the Provincial AAAA championship by knocking off St. Mary (Prince Albert), 63-44, in the final.


I think the situation he's stepping into next season with us is a perfect scenario for him,” concluded Rawlyk. “He'll get to play against and learn from two fifth-year seniors in (Michael) Lieffers and (Chris) Unsworth everyday in practice. Getting to play with those guys for a year, as well as (4th year forward) Nolan Brudehl, will really prepare him for a larger role as a sophomore."



(Photo credit to Dave Ostertag at the U17 National Championships)



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