World OutGames 2017 Athletes: Kevin Forbes

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After not getting a chance to play varsity high school basketball, Kevin Forbes will be taking his talents to what he calls the biggest stage he’s ever played on.

Growing up in Norfolk, Virginia, Forbes played basketball up to the junior varsity level at Booker T. Washington High School until work and the Naval ROTC program became more important in his life. He went through the University of Phoenix online program to study waste management, which got him a job within South Florida and later a chance to join a local team his friend Chris Manning started.

“We talked about it when we heard the OutGames were going to be in Miami,” he said. “So he set it up [and] we got a couple of friends around here that played basketball to join.”

Forbes lives and breathes basketball, saying he’s worked to copy the playing style of his favorite player, former San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan.

“I’m just really fundamental,” Forbes said of his skillset. “I’m not the best ball handler or the highest jumper, but I’m really smart in the shots that I take and the passes that I make.”

If Forbes can copy the skillset of Duncan, whose nickname is “The Big Fundamental,” he and the Wilton Manors Warriors can potentially make a run for the championship in the World OutGames.


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