Bryn Forbes on hardship waiver: ‘We’ll probably know at the end of the month’

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June has been a good month for the Michigan State basketball program. Former Spartans Gary Harris and Adreian Payne will sit in the green room at Thursday night’s NBA Draft, as both prospects could be picked in the top 20. Earlier this month, Tom Izzo added to his Class of 2015.

Michigan State also landed two of the top transfers in the country this month in West Virginia’s Eron Harris and Cleveland State’s Bryn Forbes. The Spartans good fortune can continue this month as Forbes hopes to receive immediate eligibility.

While Harris sits out the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules the school has applied for a hardship waiver for Forbes, and hopes to hear a decision back by the end of June.

“We put that in, we’ll probably know at the end of the month what’s going to happen,” Forbes said on The Drive with Jack on The Game 730 AM on Thursday.

If the NCAA does grant Forbes immediate eligibility, it will help combat the departure of Michigan State’s starting back court from a season ago. Forbes would be part of a perimeter that includes Travis Trice, Lourawls Nairn, a four-star point guard and Denzel Valentine, who was Forbes’ high school teammate at Sexton High in Lansing.

The 6-foot-3 Forbes averaged 15.6 points and 3.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore for Cleveland State. He transferred to Michigan State on June 13.

NCAA cracks down on hardship waivers for transfer players

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The NCAA has moved to solve what has become a hot issue in college basketball, setting new guidelines and placing restrictions on transfer players seeking a hardship waiver.

Critics have pointed out flaws in the NCAA’s current system for securing a waiver based on health problems of a family member, spurring reform.

Under new regulations, the transfer’s new school must be within a 100-mile radius of the affected immediate family member’s home. This puts a fixed number in place where there had not been one before.

In addition, the player must provide medical documentation that the family member’s illness is “debilitating and requires ongoing medical care” and the player must be involved in “regular, ongoing caregiving responsibilities.”

“It is important to understand the guidelines are for staff’s initial review,” subcommittee chair Robert Philippi said. “There are occasions in which the welfare of the student-athlete takes precedence or other unique circumstances are presented, and those cases should be appealed to the subcommittee.”

According to analysis by ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan in July, the NCAA has granted half of the undergraduate transfer waiver requests in college basketball made between April 2007 and April 2012.

Though a breakdown of how many of those requests are based on the health of a family member are not available, these new regulations would likely lessen that percentage.

There have been a number of recent cases of a hardship waiver for impact Division-I players, including Villanova’s Tony Chennault and Iona’s Lamont “Momo” Jones. There have also been denials, including Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs.

How much will this new legislation curb the overall transfer numbers? Time will tell.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_