Michigan State’s Miles Bridges burst onto the college basketball scene during the Armed Forces Classic last Friday.
The 6-foot-7, 230-pound freshman scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and displayed a level of athleticism that may make people forget he’s just 18 years old. Bridges clearly isn’t like normal freshman, and his reverse slam dunk in the first half of the Spartans’ loss to Arizona certainly proved that.
Already a projected first-round 2017 NBA Draft pick, Bridges saw his draft stock rise because of his breakout performance during his college debut. Bridges now is projected to be taken 19th in next year’s draft, according to DraftExpress.com.
The native of Flint, Mich., was projected as the 26th pick by Draft Express about a month ago. He was also viewed as the 61st-best prospect in April by the site.
And based on his steady rise on this draft board, it is hard to think Bridges won’t continue to see his status as an NBA prospect improve. The freshman was clearly the most essential weapon on Tom Izzo’s team on Friday, playing 37 minutes against the Wildcats.
While Bridges performance against Arizona included plenty of freshman moments, he showed how high his ceiling can be. He also showed that sensational dunks won’t be reserved for exhibition contests.
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Bridges is rated as the 14th-best freshman prospect, which shows how talented and deep the group is this season. He’s also ranked third among NBA prospects in the Big Ten, trailing only Indiana’s OG Anunoby and Thomas Bryant.
Bridges gets another opportunity to impress scouts this week, when the Spartans face No. 2 Kentucky at Madison Square Garden.