More shots? That's the goal with Forbes

Michigan State junior now coming off the bench, but Izzo does not want it to mean less shots for the sharp shooter.

The search at Michigan State for a more steady rotation has led to the move of junior Bryn Forbes to the bench as the sixth man.

The move came in hopes of more balanced scoring lineups and the freedom to bring a scoring presence off the bench. But now, Spartans coach Tom Izzo wants Forbes to be a bigger part of the offense and to get him more shots.

”Bryn is shooting 50 percent from the field and 50 percent from three (and he’s) not getting as many shots,” Izzo said. “That’s one thing that will change this week because he does come off screens a little bit better.

”We did a poor job in that area.”

Forbes has been in the starting lineup for most of the season and has been a prevalent part of the offense, shooting 43.3 percent from 3 and scoring just less than 10 points per game.

But the shots he has been taking per game has declined as he has attempted just seven total 3-pointers in the past three games – with no more than three in a game.

Forbes admitted it can be frustrating, but with other scoring options understands there needs to be a distribution.

On his end, he said he can make himself a bigger scoring option by doing the little things coming off screens.

“It will help a lot in the way I’m coming off screens,” Forbes said. “If I come off tight and wait for the screen to get to me, that helps a lot in freeing me up and finding the open shot.

”Sometimes it can get hard to find the open shots.”

In his first game off the bench against Maryland, Forbes took three 3s and just six shots total. He finished with five points in the Spartans’ loss, matching his season-low in the season opener against Navy.

He is expected to come off the bench again against Penn State on Wednesday. But while the goal is to get him more shots, he is not concerned with the lineup change.

“It hasn’t been too difficult,” he said. “I’m still playing I think pretty much the same minutes so it’s not too hard. I’m still playing with the same people I was starting with.”

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