If the Michigan State Spartans are going to take a transfer to fill their final open scholarship, guard Bryn Forbes is the guy.
A Lansing, Michigan native, Forbes just finished his sophomore season at Cleveland State University, where he was the team’s leading scorer last season at 15.6 points per game. According to the Cleveland-Plain Dealer, Forbes was given the permission of Cleveland State Head Coach Gary Waters to talk to Michigan State about a possible transfer. Forbes said that he is looking to transfer home due to a sister with medical issues and a son that he has in the Lansing area.
Head coach Tom Izzo doesn’t have a history of taking in transfers, but he should consider Forbes. The Spartans currently have a scholarship open after Gary Harris declared for the NBA Draft, and Forbes would be the ideal player to replace him. The situation is similar to 2011, when Izzo took in Valparaiso transfer Brandon Wood to fill an open scholarship for the 2011-12 season.
With Harris gone, the Spartans have a hole to fill at shooting guard. The Spartans currently have four guards on their roster; Alvin Ellis III, Denzel Valentine, Travis Trice, Russell Byrd, and one incoming freshman, Lourawls Nairn. However, none of those players fit the pure scorer mold like Harris did.
Forbes is a player who could provide that. He scored over 900 points in two seasons at Cleveland State while shooting over 80 percent from the free throw line and 40 percent from 3-point range. Those three statistical categories are where Michigan State will take the biggest hit with Harris’ departure, and Forbes could be key in replacing those numbers.
On top of that, Forbes transferring to the Spartans would reunite him with his high school teammate Valentine. Forbes and Valentine helped lead Lansing Sexton to back-to-back state titles in 2011 and 2012, and the hope for Spartan fans is that they could recreate that success.
If Forbes elects to transfer to East Lansing, he would have to sit out the 2014-15 season and would have two years of eligibility remaining starting in the 2015-16 season. It isn’t out of the question though that Forbes could apply for a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to play immediately next season due to his family conditions.
Either way, the Spartans should do whatever they can to bring Forbes in. He has developed nicely in his two seasons at Cleveland State, and would give the Spartans a solid solution to a weakness on their team.
The Spartans are currently in the running for West Virginia transfer Eron Harris, but it would be wise for them to back off and focus on Forbes. Eugene McCormick of the Cleveland Leader has reported that Forbes’ transfer is a done deal, and if that is the case, this is a great get for the Spartans.