Michael Forrest, 'Mr. FAU,' misses most of Final Four practice, and you won't believe the reason

Chris Perkins, South Florida Sun-Sentinel on

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Michael Forrest, the respected senior guard for Florida Atlantic University, wasn’t available for Tuesday’s post-practice interviews with the rest of his Final Four-bound teammates.

Due to an unfathomable set of circumstances, Forrest, a 6-foot-1, 174-pound mechanical engineering major, only attended the first 30 minutes of Tuesday’s two-hour practice.

He had to leave because, get this, he had to attend class.

Who does that?

Who misses a Final Four practice to attend class?

And what kind of coach allows that to happen?


“We told Mike and his parents from Day One,” FAU coach Dusty May said, “if he wants to be an engineer we’re going to support him as long as he puts in the work and does everything.”

As you can tell, Forrest, the South Florida Sun Sentinel 9A-7A Player of the Year in 2018 as a senior at Pompano Beach Blanche Ely High School, isn’t your typical Final Four college basketball player.

Forrest, who has been dubbed “Mr. FAU,” is special.

He’s the school’s all-time leader in 3-pointers (305) and the fourth-leading scorer (1,617 points).


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