Jason Forte Named Ivy League Player of the Year
March 10, 2004
Brown University junior guard Jason Forte (Rockville, MD) earned first team All-Ivy honors and became the third player in Brown basketball history to be named the Ivy League Player of the Year in a vote of the eight Ivy League men's basketball coaches. In addition, seniors Patrick Powers (Stamford, CT) and Jaime Kilburn (Brooklyn, NY) were second team All-Ivy selections.
The trio helped Brown to its fourth consecutive winning season (14-13) and a second place finish in the Ivy League standings for the third time in the last four years with a 10-4 league mark.
Forte joins Jim Turner '86 and Peter Moss '80 as Brown's only other Ivy League Players of the Year. He is Brown's sixth two-time first team All-Ivy selection.
A two-time Ivy League Player of the Week, Forte is the first player in Ivy League history to lead the league in both scoring (21.4 ppg.) and assists (5.79 apg) in league games. He also tied for the league lead in steals (2.07 per game), and ranked fourth in free throw percentage (.856), making more free throws (95) than any other Ivy player attempted.
In consecutive games, Forte registered a rare triple-double vs. Dartmouth, and a double-double vs. Harvard. He scored 11 points, handed out 10 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds against the Big Green, and came back with 24 points and 10 assists vs. Harvard. Forte scored a season high 30 points against Cornell and added 29 points vs. Penn, scoring in double figures in every Ivy League game.
Forte currently ranks 15th on Brown's all-time scoring list with 1,118 career points. He ranks second in the Brown record book in career assists (405) and fourth in career free throws (373). His 129 assists this year are seventh in Brown history after setting a single season Brown assist mark of 155 handouts last season.
Powers was the Ivy League's third leading scorer with 18.0 points per game, and tied Forte for the league lead in steals with 2.07 per game. He established a new Brown record with 77 treys this season, eclipsing the previous single-season record of 72 treys by Brian Lloyd in 1993-1994.
Powers exploded for a career high 34 points vs. Columbia, including 25 first half points. The same weekend, Powers netted 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds vs. Cornell, and was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week.
Kilburn completed the season as the Ivy League's fourth leading scorer (15.6 ppg), leader in blocked shots (1.57 per game), and fifth leading rebounder (6.2 rpg.). He led the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.620) for the second straight season. Kilburn's career field goal percentage of .554 (348 of 616) is third best in Brown basketball history.
Kilburn scored a career high 26 points, including seven in overtime, and grabbed 12 rebounds in Brown's first win over Penn, and scored in double figures in 23 of Brown's 27 games, including 13 of 14 Ivy games. Overall, Kilburn posted six double-doubles this season.
First-Team All-Ivy * Jason Forte, Brown (Jr., Rockville, Md.) * Ka'Ron Barnes, Cornell (Sr., Buffalo, N.Y.) * Jeff Schiffner, Penn (Sr., Chester, N.J.) * Judson Wallace, Princeton (Jr., Atlanta, Ga.) Will Venable, Princeton (Jr., San Rafael, Calif.)
Second-Team All-Ivy Patrick Powers, Brown (Sr., Stamford, Conn.) Tim Begley, Penn (Jr., Freehold, N.J.) Jaime Kilburn, Brown (Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.) Matt Preston, Columbia (Jr., Wantagh, N.Y.) Edwin Draughan, Yale (Jr., Lakewood, Calif.)
Honorable Mention All-Ivy Matt Stehle, Harvard (Soph., Newton, Mass.) Adam Chubb, Penn (Sr., Harrisburg, Pa.)
Player of the Year Jason Forte, Brown (Jr., Rockville, Md.)
Rookie of the Year Leon Pattman, Dartmouth (Fr., Memphis, Tenn.)