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Bryan Forbes received honorable mention for a second straight year when the NAIA All-American selections were announced. The Lone Tree alumnus led Briar Cliff University to a record of 26-8 and a second straight Great Plains Athletic Conference regular-season championship.
“The All-American recognition is a big honor and really just shows how talented and unselfish my whole team was,” Forbes said. “I was truly a part of special teams that had so much talent. For me to represent this team as an All-American is a huge honor.”
In his senior season, Forbes set career highs in points scored (17.5 per game), free throws made (150), 3-pointers made (94), and 3-point percentage (37.3).
Forbes finishes his career with 1,729 points scored, 808 rebounds, 214 assists, 203 steals and 101 blocked shots.
On Dec. 17, Forbes scored 29 points, making four of seven 3-pointers and 17 of 18 free throw attempts, in a 105-93 win over Florida National University.
Forbes scored a career-high 33 points in a 98-85 win over Morningside on Jan. 7. Forbes finished 9 of 16 from the 3-point line as the Chargers hit 18 of 34 from behind the arc in the win.
Briar Cliff led NAIA Division II in 3-pointers made over the season, averaging over 12 makes per game on nearly 40 percent shooting from outside.
“As much fun as it was playing in a offensive system with so much talent and freedom, my favorite part was the times our defense was making all the plays,” Forbes said.
“All four years I was on one of the most talented offensive teams in the country, which gave me an opportunity to really excel as a defender and it became one of my favorite parts of the game.”
Forbes, who was also first team All-GPAC, led the conference in steals and was 12th in NAIA Division II with 64 steals for the season. Forbes also led the conference with 261 rebounds.
Forbes’ teammate Erich Erdman was named a third-team All-American. Erdman led the Chargers with 18.5 points per game, shooting 92.8 percent from the free throw line and 44.1 percent from behind the arc.
The Chargers had a record of 96-38 over the past four seasons, including a 58-12 mark over the past two campaigns. Forbes would like to find a position as a graduate assistant coach after graduating from Briar Cliff.
“In the end, I was just extremely blessed to be a part of the Briar Cliff Basketball program,” Forbes said. “It was a perfect fit for me and I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything. I had so much support from my family, friends, and from the Lone Tree community. I can’t thank everyone enough.”