June 13, 2014
EAST LANSING, Michigan - Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo announced Friday the addition of transfer Bryn Forbes. A 6-foot-3 guard, Forbes averaged 15.6 points as a sophomore at Cleveland State last season, leading the Vikings and earning second-team All-Horizon League honors. A Lansing native, Forbes is the second incoming transfer to sign with the Spartans in the last week, joining Eron Harris who was officially announced on Wednesday.
"We are excited to add Bryn Forbes, a homegrown product, to our roster," said Izzo. "He was extremely well coached by former Spartan Carlton Valentine at Lansing Sexton, and brings with him the championship attitude that he developed there as he teamed with Denzel Valentine to win back-to-back state championships.
"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."
A high school teammate of Denzel Valentine's at Lansing Sexton where they teamed up to win back-to-back state championships in 2011 and 2012, Forbes earned second team NABC All-District 12 honors in addition to his second-team all-conference accolades. His 15.6 points per game scoring average not only led the Vikings, but also ranked sixth in the Horizon League. He ranked second in the league in 3-point field goals made (2.5 pg), trailing only Oakland's Travis Bader, the NCAA's all-time leading 3-point shooter. Shooting accuracy was also a strength as Forbes ranked fourth in the Horizon League in 3-point field-goal percentage (.424) and fifth in free-throw percentage (.826). Forbes also ranked fourth in minutes played (34.4 mpg). His 81 made 3-point field goals established a Cleveland State single-season school record. He started all 32 games in which he played, while also averaging 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He scored in double figures in 26 of 32 games, including 10 games of 20 or more. He scored a career-high 27 points on two occasions against Detroit and Notre Dame (OH), while scoring 22 points at Kentucky.
As a freshman in 2012-13, Forbes averaged 12.7 ppg and earned Horizon League Newcomer of the Year honors, while also finding a spot on the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshman All-American team. He ranked 11th in the Horizon League in scoring and eighth in 3-point field goals made per game (2.0 pg). He started 18 of 32 games and averaged 28.3 minutes per game.
In two seasons, he has 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.