forbesLansing native Bryn Forbes, who transferred to Michigan State from Cleveland State this off-season, has been granted a waiver to play for the Spartans immediately in the 2014-15 season.

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Now typically under NCAA regulations, he would have to sit out the 2014-15 season, but due to reported medical issues with his sister, Forbes received a hardship waiver from the NCAA, allowing him to play immediately. Forbes, will have two years of eligibility remaining 

“This is certainly good news for Bryn. Family is very important to Bryn and we are supportive of those obligations.” Coach Tom Izzo said. “I’d like to thank Jen Smith in our compliance office for all her efforts. Sometimes you look at waiver cases and question the intentions, but if there was ever a case where one seemed to be in order, this is it. Bryn is sincere in his desire to be there for his family, and he and I have discussed the work that will be needed to balance that with everything that comes along with being a student-athlete at Michigan State.”

“On the court, he had a great summer shooting the ball, and we expect him to add that to our offense this season. 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.”

As I mentioned earlier, this is great news for the Spartans, The former Lansing Sexton Big Red, was great player at Lansing Sexton where he played alongside current Spartan Denzel Valentine. During his time at Lansing Sexton, Forbes helped to lead his team to back-to-back state titles (2011, 2012) and three straight appearances in state title game (2010, 2011, 2012). As a senior he averaged 19 points per game with five rebounds and three assists, his consistent production, earned him a two-time all-state selection and all-area selection.

Forbes was just as productive during his time with Cleveland State. During the 2012-2013 season, he was voted the 2012-13 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year, and he led the Vikings with 15 points per game while shooting 42 percent from three-point range. On top of that, in his two seasons with Cleveland State, he totaled 905 points, and scored in double figures in 50 of 64 contests, including 14 games of 20 points or more. He is a prolific 3-point shooter, hitting 142-of-348 (.408) over his first two seasons.

Coming in, Forbes should be able to provide more consistent shooting and overall scoring for the Spartans. At 6-foot-3, Forbes is what I consider to be a pure shooter, he can shoot and score efficiently from three-point range and mid range. He can put the ball on the deck and pull up for a shot or you can put him in a catch-and-shoot situation. At the end of the day, Forbes is a scorer and he always has been a scorer.

If that’s not enough, the Spartans roster is looking more impressive with the news of Forbes immediate eligibility. In the front-court, you have senior forward Branden Dawson along with Matt Costello and Gavin Schilling at center. Then in the back-court, you have Spartan veterans like Travis Trice and Denzel Valentine, not to mention the young talent the Spartans have like sophomore Alvin Ellis and freshmen Lourawls Nairn, Javon Bess and Marvin Clark.

Overall, I am very happy for Forbes and look forward to watching him this season on the court with the Spartans.

“I’m very thankful to the NCAA for allowing me to play this season.” Forbes said. “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.”

“I’ve only been a Spartan for a few months, but it already feels like home. 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 also have to thank Jen Smith for all her work in compliance and submitting my waiver and all the necessary information. I’m so excited; I can’t wait for the start of the season.”

Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit

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