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Phil Forte

School

Oklahoma State

Position
Shooting Guard
Major
Recreational Management

Classroom

Phil Forte is a five-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection, as well as a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree. He earned the Oklahoma State Academic Achievement Award in 2013, 2014 and 2015 for maintaining a 3.0 GPA, and he was named to the President’s Honor Roll (4.0 GPA) in the spring of 2013. He also was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team in 2014.

Character

The definition of a senior leader, Phil Forte is known around the country as the hardest working man in college basketball. He is constantly in the gym (day and night) working on his game and is the teammate that the rest of the OSU players look to for guidance. Forte is a member of several Christian organizations on campus and has been called on to speak about his religious life to packed audiences in Stillwater.

Community

Forte was an instrumental part of OSU’s Coaches vs. Cancer Birthday Party, as well as several other CVC events. He helped organize and participated in OSU’s Remember The 10 Run in every year he’s been in Stillwater, and he’s been called on as a speaker about his religious life. A devout Christian, Forte has spoken to packed audiences about his faith, including a recent event at a sold-out Gallagher-Iba Arena, the same arena he plays in each day.

Competition

Phil Forte is known as one of the nation’s top sharpshooters and began his senior year in pursuit of Oklahoma State’s career scoring and 3-point records. The Preseason All-Big 12 selection ranked fourth in the league in scoring last year with 15.0 points per game. His 238 career 3-pointers rank fourth in OSU history and are fourth among all active players in the country. Forte has 1,267 career points, which ranked third among all active Big 12 players in career scoring at the beginning of the season. He was a third-team All-Big 12 selection last season and has helped lead the Cowboys to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three years (only 22 teams in the country have been to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last three years). With 18 career 20-point games to his credit already, Forte already has 68 double-digit scoring games in his career. He also is second in OSU history with a career free throw mark of 86.6 percent. As a sophomore he was named the Big 12’s first-ever Sixth Man of the Year. Forte owns seasons of 100 (2013-14), 70 (2014-15) and 68 (2012-13) makes from 3-point, which ranks fourth, 16th and 17th in school history.