It’s also, FAU guard Michael Forrest learned recently, important for scoring.
And passing for that matter.
Last week Forrest ditched the distinctive goggles he’s been wearing since arriving at FAU this summer.
“I’ve got contacts in now, so I can see – my peripheral vision – so I can see more,” Forrest said after scoring 13 points in Saturday’s loss to Charlotte.
Evidently Forrest could see even better on Thursday at Marshall, when torched the Thundering Herd for a career-high 32-points in a 96-84 loss.
The outburst didn’t exactly surprise coach Dusty May.
Prior to the team departing for West Virginia, May said that the change from goggles to glasses helped Forrest see the floor better, adding it’s “definitely” helped his shooting.
In the three games since ditching the goggles Forrest scored 57 points, raising his season average to 8.7 points per game.
“It was stopping me from reaching my potential,” Forrest said of the goggles. “I could see, but not for my peripheral vision because the goggles – the frames- it was giving me tunnel vision. So now I have my contacts I can see the whole court. I can see everything.”
Dealing with yet another injury to a starter, FAU (11-7, 2-3) will need Forrest to bring his clearest vision to the court on Saturday when the Owls face Western Kentucky (8-9, 1-3) in Bowling Green.
Starting forward Madiaw Niang injured his ankle during Wednesday’s practice and didn’t play against Marshall. His status remains uncertain for Saturday’s contest.
Western Kentucky’s record isn’t impressive, but the Hilltoppers own a victory over Wisconsin. WKU lost to FIU by one point on Thursday.
-Wajih Al Baroudi contributed to this report.