One of the best freshman seasons in recent Big Ten history has earned Michigan State forward Miles Bridges unanimous Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
Bridges averaged 16.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season for the Spartans, while shooting 48.7 percent and 40.8 percent from 3-point range.
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Bridges also earned second-team All-Big Ten honors Monday. According to the Detroit Free-Press, Bridges is the highest-scoring Spartans freshman of the 22-year Tom Izzo era and the first freshman to lead Michigan State in scoring since Shawn Respert in 1991.
Bridges is joined on the All-Freshman team by Iowa’s Tyler Cook (12 points per game) and Jordan Bohannon (9.8), Minnesota’s Amir Coffey (12) and Penn State’s Tony Carr (13.2).
Fellow Michigan State freshman Nick Ward did not make the All-Freshman team despite averaging 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and being named honorable mention All-Big Ten. Spartans point guard Cassius Winston, who averages 6.9 points and 5.4 assists, was also left off.