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1956

Cortland Standard- From Down The Sports Alley By Rob Randall

From Louisville, KY, after All-American honors at Western Kentucky State at Bowling Green, KY, 6'3" Forest Able has returned his signed contract to the Syracuse Nationals. Able becomes the third rookie to join the Nats roster. Six-foot nine-inch Bob Hopkins of Grambling College, LA, and 6'3" local favorite Don Savage of LeMoyne College, now working with the Nats sales staff, had previously joined the Cervimen's 1956-57 roster. They will report for preseason drills about October 1st.

Syracuse Post Standard- Nationals Sign Able, Western Kentucky Star

Clutch Performer

Aggressive Forest Able of Western Kentucky State has returned his signed contract to the Syracuse Nationals, Business Manager Bob Sexton announced last night. Able, who stands 6 foot 3, is described by Sexton as the Al Cervi and Bullet Bill Gabor type on the basis of his clutch performances for the Bowling Green, KY school. He tossed in a 59-foot field goal to beat arch-rival Eastern Kentucky with six seconds remaining, and with 12 seconds left he scored the winning basket against Midwestern U. In another game he scored six points in the last 58 seconds and Western Kentucky won by that margin. He also won seven consecutive field goals in the opening minutes of still another outstanding performance. The third draft choice of the Nats, Able last season was named to Sport Magazine's second All-America team. Also picked on the team was Joe Holup of George Washington U., the Nats' No. 1 draft choice. The club is having trouble signing Holup. Able's best shot is a one-hand jumper but he also is dangerous on outside set shots. He was the floor general for Ed Diddle's Hilltoppers for whom he scored 1,156 points. He is a native of Louisville, KY. He is the third player under contract to the Nats, following 6-foot eight Bob Hopkins of Grambling College, LA, and Don Savage, who will be making another attempt to make the pro grade after two spectacular seasons with the Parris Island Marines.

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