What About Oklahoma State Cowboys' Phil Forte?

By Trevor Lowry
Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma State Cowboys have a very good backcourt to say the least. All the talk is about Marcus Smart and Le’Bryan Nash for obvious reasons and Markel Brown gets a lot of credit as well, but what about Phil Forte?

This past season, Forte was a freshman and he managed to average 10.2 points per game in just 25.3 minutes per game. Forte made an impressive 68 threes on the year, which was actually the most on the team, so it would be safe to say that he was the best three-point shooter on Oklahoma State this season. However, he did take by far the most threes on the team.

It is easy to forget about Forte just for the fact that Smart is a future top 10 pick in the NBA draft. Not to mention, Smart, Nash and Brown all averaged 14 or more points per game in the 2012-13 college basketball season.

Who knows if Forte will get more playing time next year, since the backcourt is not short of players by any means, but he would definitely be worthy of more time on the court.

Forte was a 91.3 percent free throw shooter, which is very valuable to any team. He only missed seven free throws on the year, which is ridiculous.

The Cowboys have a chance to be really good next season and the guard play will have a lot to do with that. Oklahoma State will arguably have the best backcourt in the nation, but that tends to happen when you have so many guards scoring in double figures. Just don’t forget about Forte when this team takes the court because he can light it up from anywhere on the court.


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