Jason Forte '05 and Damon Huffman '08 Earn Ivy League Men's Basketball Honors

Jason Forte '05 and Damon Huffman '08 Earn Ivy League Men's Basketball Honors

March 10, 2005

Providence, RI - Brown senior guard Jason Forte (Rockville, MD) was voted first team All-Ivy for the third straight season, and freshman guard Damon Huffman (Petoskey, MI) became the third player in Brown basketball history to be named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, in a vote of the eight Ivy League men's basketball coaches.

Forte joins Mike Cingiser (1960-1962) and Earl Hunt (2001-2003) as the only three-time first team All-Ivy selections in Brown basketball history. Since 1958, only 24 Ivy League players have been selected to the All-Ivy first team for three successive years.

Forte, the 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year, completed his career as Brown's third all-time career scorer with 1,597 points, averaging 14.8 points per game over 108 career games. The only remaining member of the Class of 2005 at Brown, Forte earned 60 career wins over the last four years, second only to Brown's Class of 2004, who earned 63 wins over four years.

Forte led the Ivy League in scoring for the second consecutive season with 18.4 points per game, including a career high 36 points against Cornell. He ranked second in the Ivy League in assists with 4.19 per game and led the league in free throws made with 165, making more free throws than any other Ivy player attempted. His 165 free throws rank fifth best in the Brown record book, while his 54 three-point field goals rank 10th in Brown history.

Earlier this season, Forte was named the MVP of the University of Central Florida Invitational, helping send Central Florida to its only non-league loss of the season, and leading Brown to its first in-season tournament victory in 33 years. He completed his career ranked first in steals (192), second in assists (524), second in free throws (536), seventh in three-point field goals (121), and tenth in field goals (469).

Huffman joins company with Mike Waitkus '86 in 1983, and Carlos Williams in 1990, as the only Brown players to be honored as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.

Huffman was the top scoring rookie in the Ivy League with 8.4 points per game for the Bears, coming on strong at the end of the season. He netted a career high 18 points against Yale on the final day of the season, after scoring a then career 17 points against Columbia just four days earlier. In Brown's season opener against Missouri, Huffman scored 16 points, connecting on 5 of 7 shots from behind the three-point arc. He went on to score in double figures nine times.

Huffman ranked sixth in the Ivy League in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 44 of 106 treys (.415). His 1.69 three-point field goals per game ranked 9th in the Ivy League, while his 1.32 steals per game were 10th in the league.

2004-2005 All-Ivy Team

First Team Tim Begley, Penn (Sr., Guard, Freehold, N.J.)*

Lenny Collins, Cornell (Jr., Guard/Forward, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)

Edwin Draughan, Yale (Sr., Guard, Lakewood, Calif.)*

Jason Forte, Brown (Sr., Guard, Rockville, Md.)*

Matt Stehle, Harvard (Jr., Forward, Newton, Mass.)

Second Team

Matt Preston, Columbia (Sr., Forward, Wantagh, N.Y.)

David Gardner, Dartmouth (Sr., Center, Minnetonka, Minn.)

Brian Cusworth, Harvard (So., Forward, St. Louis, Mo.)

Ibrahim Jaaber, Penn (So., Guard, Elizabeth, N.J.)

Will Venable, Princeton (Sr., Guard, San Rafael, Calif.)

Honorable Mention

Eric Taylor, Cornell (Sr., Center, Latham, N.Y.)

Mike Lang, Dartmouth (Jr., Guard, Chicago, Ill.)

Steve Danley, Penn (So., Forward, Germantown, Md.)

Mark Zoller, Penn (So., Forward, Blue Bell, Pa.)

Judson Wallace, Princeton (Sr., Center, Atlanta, Ga.)

Dominick Martin, Yale (Jr., Center, Asheville, N.C.)

Player of the Year - Tim Begley, Penn (Sr., Guard, Freehold, N.J.)

Rookie of the Year - Damon Huffman, Brown (Fr., Guard, Petoskey, Mich.)

Three- and Four-Time First Team All-Ivy Selections

Since 1958, a number of players have been named to the All-Ivy League first team for three successive years: John Lee, Yale, 1956-57-58; Mike Cingiser, Brown, 1960-61-62; Pete Campbell, Princeton, 1960-61-62; Bill Bradley, Princeton, 1963-64-65; Jeff Neuman, Penn, 1964-65-66; Stan Pawlak, Penn, 1963-66; Jim McMillian, Columbia, 1968-69-70; Corky Calhoun, Penn, 1970-71-72; Ron Haigler, Penn, 1973-74-75; Keven McDonald, Penn, 1976-77-78; Alton Byrd, Columbia, 1977-78-79; Don Fleming, Harvard, 1980-81-82; John Bajusz, Cornell, 1985-86-87; Perry Bromwell, Penn, 1985-86-87; Chris Dudley, Yale, 1985-86-87; Kit Mueller, Princeton, 1989-90-91; Buck Jenkins, Columbia, 1991-92-93; Jerome Allen, Penn, 1993-94-95; Matt Maloney, Penn, 1993-94-95; Seamus Lonergan, Dartmouth, 1995-96-97; Steve Goodrich, Princeton, 1996-97-98; Michael Jordan, Penn, 1998-99-00; Earl Hunt, Brown, 2001-02-03; Jason Forte, Brown 2003-04-05.