GAC Names Forge Player Of The Year

Courtesy of
Brian Ramsey

 GAC names Kori Forge player of the year. Photo by Media Services

GAC names Kori Forge player of the year. Forge led the GAC scoring for the entire season. Photo by Media Services

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Senior guard Kori Forge became the 25th addition to UAM’s 1,000-point club and the first to reach the milestone in the two-year history of the Great American Conference in a 70-68 overtime loss to Southern Arkansas Feb. 28, just one notable achievement he has on his resume leading to being named the 2012-13 GAC Player of the Year.

   Forge was officially named the GAC Player of the Year Wednesday night at the GAC Championship Tournament Welcome Banquet in downtown Bartlesville, Okla. Forge also earned a spot on the All-GAC First Team as the top overall vote receiver from the league’s head coaches. He becomes UAM’s first conference player of the year since Steve Green won the Gulf South Conference Western Division honor in the 2000-01 season.

   Forge led the GAC in scoring for the entire season, and finished the season atop the league in total points and scoring average. This season, the Atlanta, Ga. native racked up 515 points for an average of 19.8 points per game. He ranks 26th in the nation and fourth in the Central region in scoring entering this weekend’s conference championship tournament.

   He reached double-digits in scoring in 25 of 26 games this season, in addition to 13 games of at least 20 points and three games of at least 30 points, including his career high of 36 points in a win over Southwest Baptist Dec. 17.

   Forge was named GAC Player of the Week three times this season. Overall for his two year career at UAM, Forge has totaled 1,025 points for a career average of 18.3 points per game. He was an All-GAC Second Team honoree last season.

   Forge and the No. 3 seed Boll Weevils open the GAC Championship Tournament this Friday, March 8 against No. 6 seed Southwestern Oklahoma State. Tipoff is set for noon inside the Bruin Field House on the campus of Bartlesville High School. A game preview will be published at uamsports.com Thursday.

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