Jayhawks showing interest in KU legacy

During the July NCAA evaluation periods, college coaches may have packed the sidelines whenever Texas Assault took the court to get a glimpse of Class of 2012 standout Marcus Smart, but another athlete turned more than a few heads of his own. Flower Mount (TX) Marcus High point guard Phil Forte boasts an impressive offer list - and is now hearing from his dream school.

Phil Forte, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound point guard from Flower Mound (TX) Marcus High School, has built himself an impressive offer list on the strength of a solid spring and summer on the court.

Noted for ability to shoot the basketball at "an extremely high level" and also his toughness by Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, Brian Snow - also a national recruiting analyst with the network - had this to say about his play during the Great American Shootout in early July:

"A very strong point guard, Forte had some good things going for him. Not a great athlete or super quick, Forte displayed an excellent ability to knock down shots, and then also made a few nice passes. There is no doubting his toughness, and while he has his limitations, Forte was very productive."

Currently, Forte claims offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Stanford, USC, Kansas State, Boise State, Western Kentucky and San Francisco, as well as strong interest from the likes of Iowa.

Recently, another program has begun to work its way into the mix - and for Forte personally, it's a big one.

Hailing originally from the Sunflower State, both of his parents attended the University of Kansas. His father, also Phil, was a defensive end for the Jayhawks football team under former head coach Mike Gottfriend from 1982-1985.

Forte would see the Kansas coaches on the sidelines during Assault games in July, but generally assumed they were there for Smart. Until his AAU coach passed along word that the Jayhawks wanted to get involved with him as well.

"It was honestly kind of surprising," Forte said. "Because it's always been my dream school ever since I was little."

He's not planning on rushing anything, however, and will take some time to rest and relax, before turning his attention to winning a second-consecutive Texas Class 5A state championship on the hardwood.

"I'm not gonna decide until I go visit some places and take some official visits in August and September and stuff," Forte said. "I don't want my decision to go too long into school ball."

On the strengths of his game: "My shooting. I can stretch the defense with my three-point shot, and I use that to my advantage to go by and create my own shot, and then get good shots for my teammates. I just try to do whatever it takes to win."


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