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#4 Courtney Fortson
Position: Guard
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Montgomery, Ala.
High School: The Patterson (Lenoir, N.C.) Prep School
Experience: 1 Letter
Courtney Fortson
Courtesy: Phil Pierce, Athletic Media Relations
Release: 10/20/2009

2009-10 Preview:
Arkansas' starting point guard as a true freshman, Fortson, who recorded just the second triple-double in school history, should be in that role again this year. He was the top freshman playmaker in the nation last year with 5.9 assists per game, which ranked No. 18 overall. His 172 assists were the most for a Razorback since 1997 and his scoring average (14.8) the third-best for a Hog freshman in the last 21 years. He was named a third-team freshman All-American by CollegeHoops.net.

Fortson played in 29 games with 28 starts, and was named a third-team freshman All-American by CollegeHoops.net and to the SEC's All-Freshman team. He was also named to a national mid-season all-freshman team selected by CollegeHoops.net. The top freshman playmaker in the nation, he ranked No. 18 overall with 5.9 assists per game.

He was second on the team with 14.8 points and 5.5 rebounds, and first in assists and with 1.1 steals. He shot 42.4 percent overall (154-363), 31 percent on threes (31-100) and 60.3 percent at the line (91-151). His scoring average is the third-best for an Arkansas freshman in the last 21 years (1989-2009), behind only Scotty Thurman (17.4, 1993) and Joe Johnson (16.0, 2000).

His 172 assists are the most for a Razorback since Kareem Reid had 183 to lead the SEC with 5.72 in 1997. His 5.9 average is the best since Reid set the school record with 6.64 in 1996.

Fortson led the team in SEC play with 15.0 points, 5.1 assists and 1.4 steals, and was second with 5.4 rebounds. He shot 41.3 percent overall (86-208), 27.9 percent on threes (17-61) and 65.5 percent at the line (36-55).

He led the team in scoring eight times, in assists 27 times and in rebounding three times. He was in double figures scoring a team-high 25 times, had five 20-point games and was in double figures rebounding three times. He had four double-doubles, including just the second triple-double in school history.

In  his debut against Southeastern Louisiana (11/14), he had 18 points, a game-high seven assists and added five rebounds and a steal. His layup in traffic with eight seconds left sent the game to overtime and his two free throws in the last 16 seconds of the extra period helped secure the win.

He scored a game-high tying 16 points in the win over California-Davis (11/20). His three in the first half was the only one of the game for the Razorbacks, extending Arkansas' streak of games with at least one trey to 648 games.

At Missouri State (11/22), he had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists. At South Alabama (11/26), playing in front of 20-25 friends and family members, he had a game-high 25 points and a game-high tying five assists. He was 8-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-4 on threes.

He had 13 points, five assists and five rebounds against Florida A&M (11/29). Against Texas Southern (12/3), he scored just six points, but had 11 assists with only one turnover while adding five rebounds.

Against North Carolina Central (12/10), Fortson became just the second Razorback to record a triple-double. He had 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, 10 rebounds and 11 assists while adding two steals. The only other triple-double in Arkansas history came on Jan. 19, 1984, when Alvin Robertson had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 70-66 victory at Texas. Fortson was named SEC player of the week, a first for a Hog freshman. He also had double-figure assists in two straight games, the first time for a Hog since Kareem Reid in 1999.

He didn't get a triple-double in consecutive games, but he wasn't far from it, finishing with 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against Austin Peay (12/17). He followed with 13 points, five rebounds and seven assists against Stephen F. Austin (12/20) to help Arkansas win the Jim Thorpe Classic team title and earn him a spot on the all-tournament team.

Against Northwestern State (12/27), he had 18 points, nine assists and two steals in 23 minutes.

In the win over No. 4 Oklahoma (12/30), he just missed a second triple-double by finishing with 12 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. He also had two steals.

Fortson had 12 points, five rebounds and nine assists against North Texas (1/3).

In the win over No. 7 Texas (1/6), he had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. He had six turnovers, but five assists.

At Ole Miss (1/14), he was 10-of-19 shooting, finishing with a game-high 24 points along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Against Auburn (1/24), he just missed a double-double, finishing with 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Against Alabama (1/29), he was 0-of-4 from the floor, but 8-of-10 at the line, finishing with eight points, nine assists, three rebounds and three steals. At LSU (1/31), he was 6-of-12 shooting, finishing with 17 points, a team-high seven rebounds, and game highs of nine assists and three steals.

Against Tennessee (2/4), he had 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting, six assists and three steals. Fortson had 19 points, seven assists and three steals at Mississippi State (2/7). At Auburn (2/11), near his hometown of Montgomery, he had 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Forston was suspended for the Kentucky game (2/14) in a decision by head coach John Pelphrey, not for a violation of team rules. He returned for the next game against LSU (2/18), and had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists. At South Carolina (2/21), he made 5-of-6 shots, and had 12 points, eight rebounds and three assists, but turned the ball over 10 times.

He made 9-of-19 shots, and had 21 points, three rebounds and three assists at Alabama (2/25). He was 6-of-12 shooting, and had 14 points, eight assists and four rebounds against Georgia (3/1). He had a double-double of 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds along with five assists against Ole Miss (3/4). He had a game-high 18 points, and added five rebounds and four assists at Vanderbilt (3/8), but was 7-of-27 shooting.

Against Florida (3/12), he had nine points, three rebounds and three assists. He had six turnovers and was 3-of-11 shooting.

In High School:
In 2008, he attended prep school at The Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C. He led his team to a 34-2 record and into the quarterfinals of the National Prep Tournament. He averaged 25.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 steals for Coach Chris Chaney, and was named the No. 7 overall player in the nation by Takkle/Sports Illustrated.

He prepped at Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Ala., and was named his state's Mr. Basketball by the Alabama Sports Writers Association his senior year when he averaged 23.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.2 steals. As a junior, he averaged 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 steals. Fortson led JDHS to the Class 6A state title as a junior and was named MVP of the state tournament.

Born May 23, 1988, he is the son of Lorraine Fortson. The left-hander is enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.


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