Akron men’s basketball coach Keith Dambrot announced Monday that recent West Virginia transfer Pat Forsythe (6’11″/235 lbs) has been cleared by the NCAA to play in the 2012-2013 season. Forsythe, who transferred from Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers back in July, applied for and received a transfer residence waiver to play immediately for the Zips. The news was announced via a release on GoZips.com Monday evening.
Forsythe played high school basketball just down the road at Brunswick High School, before spending his freshman year at West Virginia. He averaged 22.5 points/12.6 rebounds/6.1 blocks per game his senior year at Brunswick, earning First-Team All-Ohio honors by the Associated Press. At WVU, he appeared in seven games, averaging 2.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game as a true freshman, before going down for the season with a stress fracture in his right ankle.
Zips fans have waited for word on his eligibility since the news of his transfer became public back in July. And while having a 6’11″ center to fill the big hole that will certainly be left by Zeke Marshall’s departure in ’13-’14 would be great, having that 6’11″ center on the same roster as a seven footer like Zeke would be HUGE. Also, Forsythe isn’t just some slow big guy that takes up space. Like Zeke, he is quick for his size and can run the floor, leaving the possibility of one hell of a tall lineup on the table. Not many Mid-American Conference teams, let alone Major Conference teams, have the personnel to match up with two seven footers at one time. And with both players sharing top-level shot-blocking ability, Akron fans may be in for a “block party” on a nightly basis.
So with the recent loss of Quincy Diggs being a huge downer, the greats news about Pat Forsythe is definitely welcome. Zips fans can get their first look at Forsythe when they open up their exhibition schedule at the JAR on Halloween night against Tiffin.