Guard: Bryn Forbes
Who could forget Bryn Forbes? He spent just two years in East Lansing but boy did he ever have an impact on the Spartans.
Forbes came to Michigan State from Cleveland State where he just shot 42 percent from deep as a sophomore and Tom Izzo was just hoping for somewhere around that, maybe even just under 40 percent. With increased talent in the Big Ten, he was sure to see his shooting numbers dip, right? Wrong, he shot even better as a Spartan than he ever did at Cleveland State.
In fact, Forbes made 43 percent from deep and 45 percent from the floor as a junior and 48 percent from both 3-point range and the floor as a senior. He was money whenever the ball left his hands and that’s exactly why he’s in the NBA today. He also owns the Big Ten 3-pointers made in a single game record, passing a former Spartan also on this list.
Forbes was arguably the best shooter Izzo ever coached.
Honorable mention: Josh Langford, Matt McQuaid,
The decision to make Josh Langford an honorable mention was an easy one. If he had never gotten injured, he would likely be in the all-sharpshooting starting lineup, but because he’s only played a half-season in the past two years, he finds himself here. People forget just how smooth his shot is as he’s made 41 percent of his threes and shoots 45 percent from the floor over three years. He might have the best mid-range jumper in the Big Ten.
Langford’s former teammate Matt McQuaid also makes the honorable mention here because he made big shots from his freshman year on. All the way back in the Champions Classic as a freshman to the NCAA Tournament as a senior, McQuaid was as clutch as could be. He finished his career as a 39 percent shooter from deep.