When Gary Harris left the Michigan State Spartans to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, no one was surprised. Least not head coach Tom Izzo, who, in fact, encouraged Harris to do so.
On Tuesday, the Spartans got a bit of big news when it was announced that Cleveland State University guard Bryn Forbes could be just the guy to fill the big shoes left by Harris, even if Forbes would be a transfer.
Izzo doesn't often do transfers on his team, though he has done them before, such as back in 2011 when the coach took the Valparaiso transfer in Brandon Wood to fill an open scholarship spot. With Harris leaving early, another scholarship spot has opened and Izzo could be looking to Forbes to help pick up the slack with the loss of Harris.
Forbes is a tough shooting guard currently in his second season at Cleveland State and has scored more than 900 points in his two seasons at CSU while shooting over 80 percent from the free throw line and 40 percent from 3-point range. Numbers like those could really help to curb the pain from the loss of Harris, though the transfer could come with stipulations.
Gary Waters, the head coach for Cleveland State, gave his permission to Bryn to talk to Tom Izzo because the Lansing-native Forbes has a sister with medical issues in the area and also has a son in the Lansing-area, as well, and could benefit from playing closer to home.
While normally a transfer like Forbes would not be eligible to play in the 2014-15 season and would have to sit for a year before being able to play, Forbes could apply for a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to play immediately due to the extenuating circumstances considering his sister's health. If denied, Forbes would be ineligible to play until the 2015-16 season, when he would have two years of eligibility left.
Another plus for Izzo when considering Forbes for his team is the fact that bringing the Cleveland State sophomore to Michigan State would reunite former high school basketball dynamos in Denzel Valentine and Forbes. The two led Lansing Sexton to back-to-back state titles in 2011 and 2012 and many hope to see that type of chemistry between the two again.
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