Five Things for May 20th: Cleveland State’s Bryn Forbes Interested in Transferring to MSU
1. Michigan State's basketball team may be getting some help from someone very familiar to the Lansing area. Bryn Forbes was one of Denzel Valentine's running mates on Lansing Sexton's back-to-back state title teams. Forbes went to Cleveland State and won Horizon league freshman of the year, then followed it up with an outstanding sophomore season in which he averaged 15.6 points per game.
According to Joe Rexrode of LSJ.com, Forbes is considering a transfer to Michigan State. In that article, it states that family issues are a major factor in his decision. Forbes is a knockdown shooter who hit 42.4% from three point range last year. I watched him play a ton in high school, and thought he was a high-major talent. Forbes is a prototypical 2-guard. He is a great shooter, has good size for the position, and is an above-average athlete. Stay tuned.
2. They weren't going to win every game for the rest of the season, and with the plane troubles the Tigers had last night, this seemed like one they would drop. They eventually would, as Michael Brantley hit a walk-off home run:
Victor Martinez continued his power surge, hitting his 11th home run of the season. Miguel Cabrera went 3-5 with a double. Drew Smyly was shaky, giving up three runs and walking five batters in five innings of work. Al Alburquerque was the one who gave up the game-winning home run on a hanging slider.
These two teams will go back at it tonight at 7:05. Justin Verlander takes the hill against Trevor Bauer.
3. It appears that the Thunder will have a very tough time with the Spurs this year. With no Serge Ibaka in this series, they are going to have a tough time protecting the rim. San Antonio scored 66 points int he paint, and with all due respect to Nick Collison and Kendrick Perkins, they are not the rim defenders Serge Ibaka is. The Spurs went on a massive run early in the fourth quarter en route to a 122-105 win.
4. There is a mismatch between the pipes in the Canadiens/Rangers series. On one end you have arguably the best goalie in the world in Henrik Lundqvist, who made 40 saves last night and is playing dynamite right now. On the other end, you have rookie goalie Dustin Tokarski, who looked slightly overmatched in a 3-1 loss. The Rangers won two straight road games and now head home with a commanding lead in this series.
5. It appears that UConn is close to locking up their hot head coaching candidate. Kevin Ollie is nearing a 5-year contract that would presumably keep him at Connecticut long term.