Miles Bridges playing just one year at Michigan State seemed to be set in stone before he even stepped foot on campus. But could the freshman phenom actually return for another year?
Bridges’ father, Raymond, told WLNS in Lansing that he thinks Bridges will be back at Michigan State, and that if they get some big men back, they can be really dangerous with his son on the wing.
“Yeah. Another good year. Bring a couple more big men in. Let him run the wing,” Raymond Bridges said.
When asked if Miles would be back, Raymond said, “Yeah. Yeah.”
“If he runs that wing, he’s going to be tough. See right now he’s checking all them 7-footers and he’s only 6-7,” Raymond Bridges said. “You get another big man in there, then the wings can start going to the basket and make things happen.”
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Bridges is expected to be a first-round pick, according to the latest mock drafts. He’s a fringe lottery pick at this point.
Bridges was the No. 12 player in the class of 2016, according to the 247Sports composite. He’s averaged 15.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season.
Next year, the Spartans should be healthier, especially in the front court. Veteran bigs Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter are expected to be back after missing all of this season with injuries. Add them to the mix with freshman guards Josh Langford, Cassius Winston and forward Nick Ward — and the explosive Bridges on the wing — and Michigan State could be in the preseason national title conversation.
The Spartans will also add two top-100 bigs from their 2017 recruiting class next fall — 5-star Jaren Jackson, the No. 21 player in the nation, and 4-star Xavier Tillman.