Miles Bridges did everything he wanted to accomplish at the collegiate level. Well, everything except bring the Michigan State Spartans and Tom Izzo another Final Four and National Championship. After foregoing the 2017 NBA Draft, Bridges decided it was time to ascend to the next level after another strong season.
The sophomore forward improved his game even if you might not have seen the elevation in the scoring department. Bridges scored 17.1 points per game in his sophomore season. He also grabbed seven rebounds per game this year. As a freshman, Bridges produced 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds. However, this team was far more equipped with talent in the front court. As a result, Bridges didn’t always take a lead role on the offensive side of the ball. Still, he displayed athletic gifts that should bode well in the NBA game.
During his freshman season, Bridges helped lead the Spartans to an (20-15) record. They improved to (30-5) this season and looked like a Final Four contender until the Round of 32 loss to the Syracuse Orange. Unfortunately, the Spartans hit a cold streak from the perimeter and were never able to find consistent looks beyond the 3-point line. Still, Bridges felt it was time to move on.
He attempted 5.5 3-point attempts per game during his Spartans’ career. Bridges made two 3-pointers per game. That equates to 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. Right now, he should be a good mid-range shooter in the NBA. However, Bridges will need to work on his 3-point shot at the next level. Moreover, Bridges has the ability to break down defenders with the dribble drive. He is lethal on the break and will be one of the best finishers in the draft. Bridges signed with Rich Paul and Klutch Sports, so this decision is final.
By the time the draft rolls around, Bridges might not be the only early entrant for the Spartans. Jaren Jackson Jr. had a strong freshman season. He is already projected to become an NBA lottery pick. As a result, there’s plenty of speculation when Jackson will leave East Lansing.