Even after only one season in East Lansing, it’s safe to say Michigan State has found a star in Miles Bridges.
Bridges, the top recruit in the Spartans class of 2016 and the 12th-best recruit in the country according to 247Sports, was named to the Sporting News freshman All-American team.
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Aside from Bridges, Sporting News rounded out its freshman All-American team with UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, Kentucky’s Malik Monk, Kansas’ Josh Jackson and Washington’s Markelle Fultz.
Bridges came to Michigan State as a highly touted 5-star recruit, but suffered an ankle injury early on into the 2016-2017 season which held him out for the better part of a month. However, when Bridges finally got back on the hardwood, he showed why he was rated so highly.
Bridges scored 16.6 points per game this season and shot 40.8 percent from beyond the arc, providing Michigan State with a spark which helped propel the Spartans back into the NCAA Tournament conversation, where the team has most likely secured an at-large bid.
Along with being on the Sporting News freshman All-American team, Bridges was also unanimously named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and garnered second team All-Big Ten honors.
Although Bridges has enjoyed a successful freshman year, it is unclear whether or not he’ll return for his sophomore season. However, Bridges’ father has hinted his son could return for his sophomore year to pair up with another huge Spartans recruiting class.