Miles Bridges will enter the 2018 NBA Draft, he announced Wednesday. Bridges spent two seasons at Michigan State and could be a lottery pick in June.
— Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) March 28, 2018
“God couldn’t have placed me in a better place for these last two years,” Bridges wrote on Twitter. “I wanna thank Coach Izzo and the rest of the coaching staff for giving a skinny kid from Flint a chance to play at such a legendary program. I would like to thank the academic support for helping me out everyday. I also want to thank Spartan Nation for welcoming me with open arms. into their community and school. And last but not least I would like to thank my teammates for the bond and memories that will last a lifetime. I will be spartan for life no matter what!! With that being said I am entering the 2018 NBA draft and signing with Rich Paul and Klutch Sports.”
Bridges made a surprising decision to stay at Michigan State for his sophomore season a year ago. The 6-foot-7 wing averaged 17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds ans 2.7 assists per game during the 2017-18 campaign. Bridges — a second-team All-American — helped Michigan State win the Big Ten regular season title, but the Spartans got bounced in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament by 11th-seeded Syracuse.
From Flint, Mich., Bridges has been one of the top players in the Big Ten for each of the last two seasons. He averaged 16.9 points per game as a true freshman.
Bridges will have the chance to improve his draft stock at the 2018 NBA Combine from May 16-20 in Chicago.
Bridges teammates, Jaren Jackson Jr., also declared for the draft/has not yet announced his NBA Draft decision. Jackson and Bridges could both be among the top 14 picks in June’s draft.