Sometimes, an athlete needs to bulk up in order to reach their full potential.
For others, they may need to shed a few pounds in order to gain the quickness and explosiveness to take their game to the next level. For former Michigan State forward Miles Bridges, losing weight sounds like it’s been the key.
The 2018 NBA Draft Combine is taking place from May 16-20 and during a media interview on Thursday, here’s what the ex-Spartans star had to say:
“I feel great at 220. I can move quicker and be more explosive. It was tough. I stayed away from fried foods and drank a lot of water. My agent recommended it to me after talking to teams about me.”
If Bridges has indeed gotten quicker and more explosive, that may be the key for just one NBA decision-maker to move him up the draft board. After all, it only takes one team to believe in a player.
The 6-foot-7 wing has plenty of teams believing in him, but typically players want to be selected as highly as possible in the draft.
Bridges also talked about his maturity and what he needs to improve on.
“I told [teams] I stayed because I matured,” Bridges said. “And they respect that about me. I feel like I would have been ready for it, but I’m more ready for it now.
“My ball handling and creating my own shot. That’s all they’re worried about.”