#51 Craig Forth
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7'0" 255 lb Center
HS: Columbia East Greenbush, NY
Born: 3/4/1983 Albany, NY
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2001-02 Fr C 36 36 780 74 167 44.3% 29 46 63.0% 0 0 0.0%
41 162 89 73 108 4 45 28 65 177 4.9 1.1 4.5
2002-03 So C 35 35 618 56 115 48.7% 20 40 50.0% 0 1 0.0% 30 116 66 50 90 4 39 14 51 132 3.8 0.9 3.3
2003-04 Jr C 31 31 718 77 136 56.6% 22 34 64.7% 0 0 0.0%
22 179 108 71 87 4 39 18 63 176 5.7 0.7 5.8
2004-05 Sr C 34 34 662 64 117 54.7% 30 49 61.2% 0 0 0.0%
18 174 109 65 75 4 23 22 36 158 4.6 0.5 5.1
Career    
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136
2778
271
535
50.7%
101
169
59.8%
0
1
0.0%
111
631
372
259
360
16
146
82
215
643
4.7
0.8
4.6

Craig Forth was a solid center, who started every game of his collegiate career, one that spanned an National Championship, an NIT Final Four, a Big East regular season championship, and 3 NCAA tournaments. He a pivotal part of the success of the zone defense with a wide body that could take up a lot of space, and with his height altered and blocked many shots. He tremendous at setting up picks, particularly for Gerry McNamara, and was a decent passer.

Forth unfortunately, was a soft player with little sustained aggression on the court. He was not a particularly good rebounder, and was slow in the transition up and down the court. He often would miss easy layups that he should have been able to take stronger to the hoop. While he started every game of this career, by the end of his senior season he often was only playing eleven to twelve minutes a game.

He did have a couple of memorable games his junior year. Against UConn, and their player of the year candidate Omeka Okafor, Forth had 14 points, 13 rebounds, and held Okafor to 2 points in an SU victory. In the NCAA tournament against Maryland, he had 10 points and 12 rebounds in a game the Orangemen won 72-70.

Forth was an outstanding student-athlete, and an Education Major, and was an academic All-American both his junior and senior seasons, becoming the first Orangeman to ever earn the distinction twice. He was the Big East Scholar Athlete winner in 2005.

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