Michigan State’s season ended with a loss to Kansas in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32 on Sunday, but don’t expect to find out if freshman Miles Bridges is leaving for the NBA just yet.
Bridges was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year this season, and if he chooses to go one-and-done, he won’t have any trouble finding a landing spot in the NBA. DraftExpress.com projects him as the No. 12 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and ranks him as the No. 1 prospect in the Big Ten. Speaking to reporters after the loss, Bridges said he’d take some time to speak to his mom and his coaches before making his decision, but he didn’t have any information beyond that.
“I’m going to talk to my mom and coaches about that, and we’re going to find out,” Bridges said.
He averaged 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game on 49-percent shooting in his first season at Michigan State. Bridges, a consensus 5-star prospect, was the nation’s No. 12 recruit in the Class of 2016, per the 247Sports Composite.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo told reporters Bridges hasn’t talked to him about the draft yet. When they do have that conversation, it doesn’t appear Izzo will be planning on giving him the hard sell to return to college.
Izzo says he'll sit with Bridges this week and talk about the future. Izzo: 'My job might be to encourage him to go.'
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) March 20, 2017