Mason Forbes, a 6-8 junior center, is without a doubt the player that Folsom High’s varsity boys’ basketball team revolves around.
Forbes is the team’s offensive threat in the paint, where he can score and also ignite the crowd with a high-flying dunk. Perhaps his more important role, however, is at the defensive end of the floor, where he blocks shots and if he doesn’t get to them he alters them, which routinely leads to missed attempts.
“Mason has stepped up and been a leader and has done a good job communicating and coaching up his teammates,” Folsom Coach Mike Wall said. “When other teams double him, he’s good at not forcing anything and being counterproductive. He does a good job of getting the ball to teammates where they can make plays.
“Defensively, he makes us a viable team. Without him on the floor, we have a hard time defending. He makes up for a lot of our mistakes with his ability to block shots. He’s had seven blocks in two of our last three games and that’s remarkable.”
Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after finishing high school?
Mason Forbes: My plan after high school is to go to a four-year college and continue my basketball career.
FT: Do sports run in your family?
MF: Yes, my siblings and I have all been playing sports since we were really little. My dad and grandpa also both played basketball professionally.
FT: How long have you been playing basketball and how did you get your start in it?
MF: I've been playing since I was 5 years old. I saw my two older brothers playing and learned from them.
FT: My guess is you’ve had some great family basketball games over the years. Can you comment on this and/or do any memories of games come to mind?
MF: Yes, the games were always very intense, and usually ended in someone getting mad. I remember we would always drive to the park and play for hours.
FT: How has your basketball season gone for you personally so far? Are you pleased with how you’ve done?
MF: It's been going pretty well. I'm happy with the way our team has been playing and our ability to adjust despite being hit with injuries and bad luck.
FT: What’s it feel like to be able to dunk and get the fans fired up?
MF: It feels great to be able to make the fans get involved with the game. When they have energy, it feeds into our team's play and makes us play harder so it helps all around.
FT: As the regular season is coming close to the end, what are one or two things that your team needs to focus on and/or improve on to have success in the postseason?
MF: One big thing that we need to do is continue to play hard and together and focus on our execution to be successful heading into playoffs.
FT: Are you involved in other activities at Folsom?
MF: No, basketball is my main focus.
FT: What’s your favorite class at school and why?
MF: My favorite class is U.S. History because it's interesting to hear about what happened in the past and my teacher makes it fun to learn.
FT: What’s your favorite music?
MF: My favorite music is rap and hip-hop, but I like almost all kinds of music except for country.
FT: What’s your favorite food?
MF: My favorite food is sushi or any type of seafood.
FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
MF: I have two black cats; they're named Bobby and Barbosa after Bobby Jackson and Leandro Barbosa.
FT: What inspires you in sports?
MF: My dad and grandpa have inspired me, along with my own competitive drive and my siblings and I watching professional sports.
FT: What makes you happiest?
MF: Listening to music and dancing with my siblings; hanging out with my family and friends, and my girlfriend.
FT: What are your career goals? What job/profession are you interested in?
MF: My goals are to become a professional basketball player or to run my own business.