Spartans gain Cleveland State transfer guard Bryn Forbes

Spartans gain Cleveland State transfer guard Bryn Forbes
June 13, 2014, 11:30 am
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Vinnie Duber

Tom Izzo is stockpiling scorers for the future.

Days after adding West Virginia transfer Eron Harris, Izzo and the Spartans have picked up Cleveland State transfer Bryn Forbes, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.

Forbes led Cleveland State in scoring last season, averaging 15.5 points per game. That mark ranked sixth in the Horizon League. Forbes also ranked in the top five in the conference in made 3-pointers (second, 81) and 3-point percentage (fourth, 42.4 percent).

"We are excited to add Bryn Forbes, a homegrown product, to our roster," Izzo said in the school's release. "He was extremely well coached by former Spartan Carlton Valentine at Lansing Sexton (High School), and brings with him the championship attitude that he developed there as he teamed with Denzel Valentine to win back-to-back state championships.

"Bryn enjoyed two great seasons at Cleveland State, but he's decided to come back closer to home. He brings the ability to shoot the basketball, and you can never have enough shooters on your team. Look at some of his best performances, and you can see that they've come against top-notch competition, such as scoring 22 points against Kentucky."

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The departures of Gary Harris and Keith Appling at Michigan State mean a need at guard for the Spartans. Harris and Forbes should help, though it'll be down the road, as they'll both sit out the 2014-15 season and have two remaining years of eligibility. Though according to the Free Press report, it's possible Forbes could get a hardship waiver from the NCAA and be eligible to play next season.

If Harris and Forbes both sit out, it will be up to Valentine, Travis Trice and Alvin Ellis to try to fill the void at guard.

As Izzo mentioned, Forbes played high school basketball with Valentine in Lansing, Mich., and the duo was part of two state-title teams in the Great Lakes State.