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Viking basketball standout Bryn Forbes considering transfer to Michigan State

June, 5, 2014

By Kevin Liszka

Bryn Forbes splashing a three

Cleveland State University men’s basketball team could take a hit as leading scorer Bryn Forbes weighs making a late transfer to play for Michigan State University. Forbes, a native of Lansing, is considering moving closer to home for personal reasons.

Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters told The Plain Dealer’s Elton Alexander that Forbes has a young son back home as well as a sick sister. “We want what’s best. We’ll let the situation play itself out,” Waters said.


Cleveland State was hoping to have a final word on Forbes status by now. When reached for comment, Assistant Athletic Director Greg Murphy simply referred to the process as an ongoing matter and said that the university would not further comment at this time.
Matt Larson, Men’s Basketball contact with Michigan State also declined comment until any decision becomes official.


One factor possibly prolonging Forbes decision process could be inquiry into whether the transfer would result in his losing a year of in-game participation. While allowed to attend meetings and practices, NCAA rules typically require athletes who transfer to sit out one season of competition.In Forbes’ case he could appeal for a hardship waiver that, if granted, would make him eligible to play immediately at Michigan State.


The loss of Forbes would be a major blow to the Viking’s roster.
The 6’3, 175-pound shooting guard averaged 15.6 ppg on 43.4 percent shooting, making him the seventh-highest scorer in the Horizon League last season.Forbes also has a penchant for hitting from beyond the arc, draining at least one three-pointer in each of the 32 games he played in.


At Michigan State it is unclear what Forbes role would be.
The Spartans return two talented guards from the Final Four team a year ago in senior Travis Trice and junior Denzel Valentine.
Forbes 42.4 percent shooting from three-point range could earn him a calling as a sharpshooter off the bench for Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.


Cleveland State fans would prefer Forbes be hitting from deep in the Wolstein instead this fall.