Northern Arizona Head Coach Jack Murphy has signed six new players to join his first squad this fall. They have spent the summer in Flagstaff attending school and participating in new NCAA allowed summer workouts. Meet the Lumberjack newcomers to take the court this fall in the first of a series of six profiles. Today: Cameron Forte.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona transfer Cameron Forte says he can "score the ball pretty good" when asked about his game. That might be an understatement based on his high school results.
Forte, who transferred from Texas Tech, scored a Class 4A state record 60 points in a contest against Queen Creek Combs in a game in high school. It was two points shy of the overall big-school state record of 62 points by Dennis Dairman of Phoenix North against Phoenix Carl Hayden in 1960. In the game he went 26-for-36 from the field, 1-of-3 on three-pointers and 5-of-10 on free throws with 16 rebounds and eight assists in that contest.
He averaged a state of Arizona best 36.2 points and 12.7 rebounds during the 2010-11 prep season, leading the nation in scoring at one point during his senior season before finishing sixth overall. He was named to the Arizona Republic's All-Arizona team in 2011.
He signed with Texas Tech after graduating from McClintock High School. But his experience in Lubbock left him searching for a new home and new NAU coach Jack Murphy provided that opportunity in Flagstaff.
"Coach Murphy is a good coach and he was young and can relate to his players a lot better than other coaches can," said Forte. "And it was close to home."
New NAU head coach Jack Murphy has seen first-hand his abilities in the new NCAA-allowed summer workouts and likes what he sees.
"Cameron has come from a difficult situation where he transferred from Texas Tech to come back home," said Murphy. "He is doing a fantastic job and has put his head down and gone to work. He has gotten better working on the court and really wanting to improve. He is working to get better. He has all the talent in the world and upside. It is a matter of how far Cameron wants to take it."
Forte joins teammate DeWayne Russell as former Arizona state scoring champs in the 2012 Lumberjack recruiting class.
"It will put a big target on us but at the same time DeWayne and I and the rest of the team will be able to step up to the plate and do a good job," said Forte.
Forte says the summer workouts have been a bonding hos experience for the new players with the returning squad.
"It is actually going good and we are coming along as a team," said Forte. "Individually we are working and getting stronger. We are figuring out what people's weaknesses are and what they do best."
The Arizona signees hope to make NAU the home for the top players from the state moving forward.
"There is pretty good talent in Arizona and when they see some good kids going to NAU they are going to feel more attracted to the school and being close to home," said Forte.
GET TO KNOW CAMERON FORTE
Born: June 26, 1993
What's on TV: Family Guy
In my IPod: Meek Mill, Drake, VG, Dom
What I Drive: 2003 Honda Civic
Favorite Flicks: John Carter
Bookmarks: Facebook, Twitter
Love to trade places for a day with: Carmelo Anthony
Favorite City to Visit: Los Angeles
Favorite Team as a Kid: Chicago Bulls
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: Payon Manning
Favorite Value in Yourself: Heart
For Dinner: Pizza
Talent I'd most like to have: To Sing
Dream Date: Rio
Dream date: Christina Milian
My greatest love: Basketball/Family
My hero: Carmelo Anthony
My bucket list: Go to Australia
My motto: Yolo