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Forman, 40, played basketball at Southern Lab under legendary coach Joel Hawkins. His team won four consecutive Class 1A state championships. He was named the state's player of the year in 1996.
After high school, he played basketball at Northwest Mississippi Community College before transferring to The University of Memphis, where he was recruited by assistant coach Johnny Jones and then head-coach Tic Price, who had previously coached at the University of New Orleans. Jones served as an assistant from 1997-'99, then the interim head coach after Price was forced to resign after admitting to an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Jones went on to be the head coach at North Texas from 2001-'12, before becoming LSU's head coach. When Jones left North Texas in 2012, Tony Benford became the school's head coach.
Jones would eventually become LSU's head coach in 2012, going 90-72 with an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015 before he was fired in 2017. Jones was replaced by Will Wade before the following season. Benford, also fired in 2017, went on to become an LSU assistant the following season, and now serves as LSU's interim head coach.
“I’ve met Shannon,” Benford said Thursday when asked about Forman by a reporter at a press conference. “He's been, I don't know as far as mentoring. I know he's got a relationship with Javonte. That's all I know.”
Forman is pictured above making a basket on July 24, 1997.
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