His game is another story.
It maintains the smoothness of Forte's personality but is loud and bold at the same time, complete with long-range bombs, pull-up jumpers and drives to the basket. It's in your face whether you like it - as in the case of his teammates - or not - as in the case of opponents.
Forte becomes another person on the court. If he beats a defender in practice, that guy might hear about it. After practice, the media probably won't.
"I'm not going to sit here and brag to you guys about how good I am," Forte said, talking to a group of writers. "But when we're in pickup games in certain situations, I may talk a little trash or whatever. But that's between us because I feel comfortable with those guys. I don't know if I'd do it against another opponent because that's not how I am."
Forte seemed plenty comfortable around the opposition last year, his freshman season. That much was evident from the opening tip. He launched - and made - a 25-foot 3-pointer during the first five seconds of North Carolina's season. That shot set the tone for his season.
Forte led UNC in scoring at 16.7 points per game, a school record for a freshman.
And Forte, the reigning ACC Rookie of the Year, is supposed to be even better this year. He has put on seven pounds of muscle to bulk up his 6-foot-4 frame to 192 pounds. He has also improved his ball handling to the point where he could see some minutes at point guard.
Forte was second on the team in assists last year with 94. He is especially effective with the ball on the pick-and-roll, which allows him to read his defender and then react. If the defense sags, he hoists his effortless jumper. If the defense comes at him, he whips the ball into the post or kicks it out to the wing.
"He can create situations," UNC coach Matt Doherty said. "He knows how to pass, and he knows where to deliver the basketball. And he's a scorer. He can put the ball in the hole."