Gillispie adds another to first recruiting class

Billy Gillispie(left), Bob Knight(right)
Billy Gillispie(left), Bob Knight(right)

Billy Gillispie added another commitment to the already-large 2011 Texas Tech recruiting class. Cameron Forte, a two-time all-state selection from Tempe, Az., would be part of a 13-player recruiting class for the Red Raiders, according to

The 6-6 swingman led his high school team(Tempe McClintock High School) to the Arizona 4A state title game two years in a row, winning the title his junior year. As a senior he led the state in scoring, averaging over 36 points/game and 12.7 rebounds/game.

"Coach Gillispie was straight forward and very honest with me," said Forte. "I never felt he was sugarcoating anything. He made it very obvious that he wanted me to go to Texas Tech. I liked that he was honest. I never thought I would play in the Big 12. It is a phenomenal conference. I look forward to the challenge."

Gillispie added that Forte cannot only score, but he has many other skills that should come in to play this upcoming season.

"He has a unique and special set of abilities for scoring the basketball for a player his size," said the first year Tech coach. "Cameron is also one of the most versatile prospects I have seen. He can play a lot of positions. He plays the game with great emotion. I feel he will be able to fit in well with the other players we have returning and make an immediate impact on our team."

Forte also garnered interest from other top schools in the country including Texas, Washington, Colorado, Saint Mary's, Fresno State, Seton Hall, UTEP, Northern Colorado and UC-Riverside.

Facts and quotes contributed by the Texas Tech Athletics Department.

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