Sept. 1, 2005
Providence, RI - Former Brown basketball standout Jason Forte '05, a three-time first team All-Ivy guard for the Bears and the 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year, has signed a professional contract to play basketball for Agricola Gloria Montecatini, a Division 2 team in Italy.
The Agricola Gloria Montecatini team plays in Cozzile, Italy, 20 miles from the Mediterranean Sea, and advanced to the Lega 2 semifinals in 2003-2004. Among the players who have previous played for the team are Preston Shumpert (Syracuse), Corsely Edwards (Central Conn., 2nd round draft pick in 2002 of Sacramento Kings), and Tony Giovachinni (Stanford). Others players who will be competing in same league this year are T.J. Sorrentine (Vermont, St. Ray's Academy), Chris Thomas (Notre Dame), Tony Dobbins (Richmond), Matt Santangelo (Gonzaga), Tukka Kotti (Providence), and Guillaume Yango (Pacific).
Forte 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. He led the Ivy League in scoring in 2004 and 2005, averaging 18.4 points per game as a senior. In 2005, 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.
Forte 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). He was named the MVP of the University of Central Florida Invitational last year, 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.