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March 23, 1981 |
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|College||North Carolina (1999–2001)|
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Pro playing career||2001–2012|
|2005–2006||Apollon Patras BC|
|2010||Nuova Pallacanestro Pavia|
|2012||Petrochimi Bandar Imam BC|
|Career highlights and awards|
Forte got his start at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. There, Forte played under the instruction of legendary high school prep coach Morgan Wootten. Forte's teammate at DeMatha, Keith Bogans, has played for several teams in the NBA. Forte was named Washington Post All Met Basketball Player of the Year in his senior year in 1999.
After a 2-year college career at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (highlights of which included winning the 2000 ACC Rookie of the Year as well as 2001 ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year) that was marked by flashes of brilliant play, he was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 21st pick in the 2001 NBA Draft (at a time when later star players Tony Parker and Gilbert Arenas were still available on the guard position).
After being released by the Sonics, Forte could not find a roster spot in the NBA and joined the Asheville Altitude of the NBA D-League. During the summer of 2005, Forte played with Team Certified of the Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park, and many say it revived his career as a star basketball player. Forte showcased his talent to New York City, led Certified to the playoffs. After the summer, he went off to Greece to play with Apollon Patras, and this past season for the Italian club Montepaschi Siena, which won the 2007 Italian championship.
In July 2007 he signed with the Russian team UNICS Kazan. In January 2008 he signed for Fortitudo Bologna with a franchise option for the following season. He was waived after only two games played and in December 2008 he joined Snaidero Udine, another Italian Serie A team. In May 2009 he asked to be waived for personal matters. On January 8, 2010, he joined Nuova Pallacanestro Pavia, an Italian LegaDue team (Italian second division).
Forte signed with Pistoia Basket of Italy on August 20, 2010 for the 2011 season. With Pistoia, he averaged 18.9 points and 3.6 assists per game in the regular season  In an 82-81 loss to Fileni BPA Jesi on January 9, 2011, Forte amassed 34 points, the third-highest single-game total in team history. Forte left Pistoia after being a key component and frequent starter in the team's playoff run.
On October 6, 2011, Israeli side Ironi Ashkelon signed Forte to a one-week trial. However, Forte ultimately ended up signing with Iranian Basketball Super League team Petrochimi Bandar Imam BC for 2012. Through his first two games in league play, Forte averaged 9.0 points, 3.0 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game.
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- "Basketball Transactions - August 2010". ShamSports.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
- "2011 League Record". Pistoiabasket2000.it. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
- "Joseph Forte News - Pistoia Basket 2000". Pistoiabasket2000.it. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
- "Basketball Transactions - 2011/2012". ShamSports.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
- "Petrochimi Roster". Asia-basket.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
- "Petrochimi Statistics 2012". Asia-basket.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
- Jason Forte. "Brown Bears Athletics". Brownbears.cstv.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
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- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Joseph Forte at Basketball-Reference.com
- Joseph Forte NBA Development League info
- Joseph Forte Asia-Basket Profile