In all, Bryn had a solid first season in East Lansing after transfering in from Cleveland State. He averaged 8.5ppg on 45/43/81% shooting. His production was somewhat inconsistent, mostly due to the fact that for about the first 2/3 of the season he struggled at the defensive end…and we all know if you’re playing for Tom Izzo, if you don’t check, you’re going to see some pine time. Yet, there were enough strong showings to make it obvious he was every bit the shooter any of us who saw him in HS or in brief glimpses at CSU knew he was.
Then for that last bit of the regular season and on into the Tournament, I think we saw a Bryn Forbes who finally began to figure the defensive end out a bit. He wasn’t any kind of stopper but he was solid enough to be able to play the major minutes MSU needed from him at the other end. He shot 45% from deep in the Tournament run and scored 14 in two games (Georgia and the Elite Eight win over Louisville), showing he doesn’t shrink from the brightest lights.
Tom Izzo has mentioned often during this summer that he’s been as impressed with what Bryn has done as anybody on this team in terms of offseason work. He’s gotten noticably bigger, which is going to help him defensively and also in terms of getting to the rim and finishing through contact. It shouldn’t be that surprising…even during the darkest defensive moments last season, it was clear that Bryn’s issues weren’t about effort or “want to.” He just needed time to adjust to this level and what MSU demands of its players defensively in terms of execution. The added physical development is going to make things even better for him.
I think Bryn is likely looking at playing the same role he did for much of last season…the 6th or 7th man and first guard off the bench. It’s possible that MSU could opt for Denzel or maybe even Eron Harris at the point and start Forbes on the wing but I’m not expecting that…I think he’ll be playing somewhere around his 26 mpg from last season, but doing it in a reserve role. Izzo loves having an instant offense option off his bench and if he’s got one who can also hold his own on the other end, it’s even better. I think his production wil be improved and more consistent this season and having someone of his caliber coming off the bench is a major, major positive for MSU.