As a Sophomore in 2002-03: Recovered ahead of schedule from a dislocated ankle suffered in late August, 2002 while playing summer ball in Philadelphia ... returned to action and got a rebound in the Mt. St. Mary's game (11/29/02)... scored four pts. with two assists vs. #2 Texas (12/7/02)... grabbed a rebound and blocked a shot against #9 Maryland (12/8/02)... showing steady progress with a FG, reb., block and steal at Towson (12/22/02)... got his first start of the season in the Dayton game and grabbed nine rebs. with three assists (1/18/03)... scored 18 pts. with 8 rebs. vs. La Salle (2/22/03)... followed that game with his career-high 24 pts. at SBU (2/26/03)... added 10 pts. at #13 Xavier (3/1/03)... scored 14 pts. with three steals at UMass in A-10 Tourn. (3/10/03).
As a Freshman in 2001-02: Strong performance in his first collegiate game with 14 pts., six rebs. and two assists against Marshall (11/15/01)... had a strong game vs. Yale with 16 pts. on 7-9 FGs with eight rebs. (11/24/01)... hit 5-8 FGs, including a game-ending dunk, for 13 pts. and eight rebs. at ODU (12/5/01)... shot 6-11 FGs for 13 pts. at Xavier (2/14/02)... recorded his first double-double with a team-high 19 pts. and 10 rebs. at Duquesne (2/16/02)... named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week Feb. 17... blocked career-high three shots vs. Dayton (2/21/02)... contributed 10 pts. with five rebs. at Fordham (3/2/02)... team leader in FG% at .484 (77-159).
High School: Averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds per game last season under coach Dennis Seddon. Forchion (pronounced "Ta-MALL for-SHON") was named MVP of the Iolani National Tournament in December, 2000, in Honolulu. Forchion also garnered MVP honors of the Philadelphia Catholic League in February. He was named the Philadelphia Inquirer's City Player of the Year. also named the Player of the Year and All-City First Team by the Philadelphia Daily News... also named to the Associated Press' big-school all-state boys' basketball team on April 2, 2001 ... named the Southern Division MVP... Forchion is the latest in a long line of great players to come out of Roman Catholic High School in recent years following Eddie Griffin, Rasual Butler and Donnie Carr.
Personal: Born June 8, 1983 in Philadelphia, PA... full name is Tamal Forchion (pronounced "Ta-MALL for-SHON")... son of Tanya Bundy... has one younger sister Tionna (14) and one younger brother Reggie (12)... plans to pursue a career in broadcasting... communications major.
Forchion's 2001-02 Season Highs:
Points: 19 @ Duquesne (2/16/02)
Rebs: 10 @ Duquesne (2/16/02)
Assists: 3 @ Saint Joseph's (1/19/02)
Blocks: 3 vs. Dayton (2/21/02)
Steals: 2 (twice) last @ Saint Joseph's (1/19/02)
Double-doubles: 1 @ Duquesne (2/16/02)
Watanabe Named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - After turning in one of the finest defensive seasons in school history, senior guard Yuta Watanabe highlighted GW men's basketball's...
Men's Basketball Hands Out Awards at Team Banquet
In addition to everything he does for the team defensively, Watanabe has turned in his finest season offensively, leading the team in scoring, three-point...
Men's Basketball Falls Short at Dayton, 88-78
DAYTON, Ohio -- On Saturday afternoon at UD Arena, the GW men’s basketball team and Dayton Flyers entered their matchup with identical conference...
A Fitting End
Yuta Watanabe figured he’d shed a few tears on Senior Night, but the GW guard believed he’d be able to fend them off until the postgame locker...
Watanabe Makes Senior Night His Night in GW Win
WASHINGTON -- It was Senior Night on Wednesday at the Charles E. Smith Center and with all due respect to grad transfers Patrick Steeves and Bo Zeigler,...
United by Hoops
Visitors to the on-campus apartment shared by GW seniors Jack Granger, Patrick Steeves, Yuta Watanabe and Bo Zeigler, are greeted by the Stars and Stripes...
Men's Basketball Falls at Saint Louis, 62-53
SAINT LOUIS -- After finding its footing offensively in a recent five-game stretch that had produced four victories and an average of 82.2 points per game,...
Men's Basketball Visits Saint Louis
TIPPING OFF: The streaking GW men’s basketball team looks to continue its hot streak as it heads on the road for a Saturday evening contest at Saint...