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NBA Draft: Bryn Forbes Preview

Bryn Forbes isn't projected to be drafted this year, but he offers enough that NBA teams should be racing to get him at the end of the draft or as soon as undrafted free agency begins.

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After lighting it up from deep throughout his college career, Bryn Forbes now hopes his three-point shot helps him hear his name called during the 2016 NBA Draft.

The former Michigan State Spartans guard is eagerly awaiting Thursday's festivities, and he hopes those include him being drafted, something that doesn't appear to be happening based on how he's viewed as an NBA prospect.

ESPN doesn't have him ranked among their top 100 prospects. Neither does DraftExpress, who does have Forbes ranked as their 43rd-best senior prospect. Part of the reason is Forbes' 6-3, 190-pound frame would put him on the lower end of NBA size at shooting guard.

And while Forbes may lack the athleticism, speed and all-around scoring ability that NBA teams desire, he does do one thing as good as anyone in this draft; knocking down the three-ball.

This past season, Forbes ranked second in the Big Ten and 14th in the NCAA in three-pointers made per game (3.2). Forbes also ranked second in the nation in three-point field-goal percentage (.481) and made 112 total three-pointers, ranking as the third-best single-season total in Spartans history.

That included Forbes hitting a Big-Ten record 11 three-points in a win at Rutgers. He had seven games of 5+ made three-pointers, including five 25+ point scoring games.

Earlier this offseason, Forbes took part in the Portsmouth Invitational, an event which serves as a showcase event for college seniors. Forbes led the tournament in scoring at 20.3 points per game to go with a tourney-high 13 made three-pointers.

Needless to say, Forbes is pretty good when it comes to the three-ball, something he hopes teams will see and give him a shot at his NBA teams, as he told the Detroit Free-Press.

"Shooting, first and foremost," Forbes said of his biggest strength after a recent workout with the Pistons. "Shooting and spacing is something big I can do, probably what I do best."

The best-case scenario for Forbes is to either be drafted by a team in need of more three-point help, or go undrafted and get to pick which team is the best fit for him. The most likely scenario is Forbes goes undrafted and then signs as an UDFA soon after the draft ends.

Then, Forbes will be part of some team's summer league roster while getting to showcase his talents against D-League and occasionally NBA-level competition. Depending on how this goes and if Forbes signed a contract, he must then find an NBA team is willing to use one of their 15-man roster spots on a guy they think can be a three-point specialist for them.

Or, Forbes can pursue a career overseas as many professional leagues are willing to pay players of Forbes' caliber some sizable contracts. He may even net one paying him millions of dollars,

Whatever Forbes' future holds, it still would be a lifetime achievement just for him to hear his name called Thursday night.

Hopefully that happens, and you can catch the NBA Draft on June 23rd at 7pm ET on ESPN and Watch ESPN.