The good news for Michigan State basketball keeps coming, as Bryn Forbes, a wing that played for Cleveland State his freshman and sophomore seasons, will be transferring to East Lansing to play his last two years of college basketball. Forbes is originally from Lansing and played with Denzel Valentine at Lansing Sexton. Said Forbes of the switch:
"I had great experiences at Cleveland State, and I'm very grateful for what they've done for me," Forbes said. "But being back home … I grew up around the program since I was really young and looked up to the guys that played here.
"Being around my family, being able to fulfill my responsibilities I have to them, that's important to me."
Forbes may be eligible for a hardship waiver due to medical issues within his family, but he asked that those issues stay private. Here's Izzo on the transfer:
"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."
Forbes was the Horizon League Freshman of the year in 2013, and this season he averaged 15.6 points while making 42% of his threes. The tempo-free metrics also rate Forbes as a very good offensive player, his offensive rating of 115.2 would've rated him fourth in the Big Ten last season among players using 20% or more of their team's possessions, behind Frank Kaminsky, Nik Stauskas and Aaron White (yeah, I know the Horizon League isn't of the quality the Big Ten is. Still, that's nothing to sneeze at).
With Forbes's addition, there are no more scholarships to give out for the 2014-15 season. With the commitment of the other wings in the past week (Kyle Ahrens and Eron Harris), I'd look for Izzo to heavily push for the addition of a point guard, and Jalen Brunson would be a great place to start.