Tom Izzo and Michigan State received some good news Wednesday, when transfer guard Bryn Forbes was granted a waiver by the NCAA, allowing him to play this season.
Forbes, who transferred in from Cleveland State this offseason, was slated to sit out the 2014-15 season, per NCAA rules. The waiver grants him immediate eligibility to play with the Spartans, his hometown team.
"I'm very thankful to the NCAA for allowing me to play this season," Forbes said in the school's release. "I also want to thank coach Waters and the Cleveland State program for being supportive of my desire to return home. My family is extremely important to me, and I can't think of a better situation than being able to play in my hometown. This is truly a blessing to me. I'm happy to have this behind me, so that I can focus on balancing basketball, school and family obligations. I just look forward to contributing to the team any way I can."
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Forbes was Cleveland State's leading scorer last year, averaging 15.5 points per game. He ranked sixth in the Horizon League in scoring and also ranked in the top five in the conference in made 3-pointers (second, 81) and 3-point percentage (fourth, 42.4 percent).
His immediate addition is a huge boost to a Spartans team that saw a mass exodus following their run to the Elite Eight in this spring's NCAA tournament. Adreian Payne and Keith Appling moved on after exhausting their eligibility, while Gary Harris left early to pursue an NBA career. Payne and Harris were both first-round draft picks. Reserve forward Kenny Kaminski was also dismissed from the program earlier this offseason.
"On the court, he had a great summer shooting the ball, and we expect him to add that to our offense this season," Izzo said. "There's still room for him to improve as a player, but I've already enjoyed coaching him in the limited time we've had this summer."
Forbes was also a high school teammate of Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine.
"I've only been a Spartan for a few months, but it already feels like home," Forbes said. "My teammates have been great and accepted me immediately as part of the family. It's great to be reunited with my old teammate Denzel, and my high school coach, Carlton Valentine, has been a great support to me throughout this process.
"I'm so excited; I can't wait for the start of the season."