Forsythe, a Brunswick, Ohio, native, transferred from West Virginia during the offseason and will have four years of eligibility remaining after receiving a transfer residence waiver.
"We are excited for Pat and his family that he will be able to play this season," Dambrot said. "Any time you can get a player with Pat's size and skill is a benefit to the team. He makes us one of the more physical teams in the country."
Forsythe appeared in seven games for the Mountaineers last season, averaging 2.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He grabbed a season-best seven boards against Alcorn State (Nov. 17) before missing the majority of the season due to a stress fracture in his right ankle.
At Brunswick High School, Forsythe was a First-Team All-Ohio selection by the Associated Press during his senior year (2010-11). That season, he averaged 22.5 points, 12.6 rebounds, 6.1 blocked shots and made 66 percent of his shots from the floor. He was ranked as the No. 8 player in the state of Ohio by ESPN for the class of 2011.
Forsythe and the Zips will open the 2012-13 season on Wednesday, Oct. 31, when they play host to Tiffin in an exhibition contest at James A. Rhodes Arena.