COLLEGE: MICHIGAN STATE
WEIGHT: 230 POUNDS
POSITION: SMALL FORWARD/POWER FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE LOTTERY TO LOW 20’s
PLAYER SUMMARY: Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo landed a great recruiting class for this season. The headliner of the group was Miles Bridges. While the Spartans have been up and down this season, the freshman has played up to the high expectations that was bestowed upon him entering the year.
Miles Bridges is a very powerful and athletic player. He has played both SF/PF. For him to reach his potential at the NBA level, we believe he will have to play small forward as he only stands 6’6″ and is too small for PF. The most important thing for Bridges has been the development in his shooting. He has made strides as the college season has gone on. However, he is still inconsistent with his overall shooting. Perhaps more than any other player in this draft, his individual workouts with NBA teams leading up to the June draft will be critical. He is going to have to show scouts that he can knock down shots from the perimeter consistently.
We really are impressed with everything else Bridges brings to the court every-time he steps on it. He is a highlight film waiting to happen. His overall athletic ability rivals anyone in the 2017 NBA Draft class. He is an excellent rebounder at both ends of the floor. His first step is very quick as it allows him to attack the rim with ferocity.
The former McDonald’s All-American has improved his ball-handling and passing ability in the past year. He shows the ability to make plays for other people, which he will need to be able to do in the NBA. What stands out to us the most is his defensive potential.
We believe Bridges can be an excellent NBA defender. We have seen him guard multiple positions on the floor and do it well. His physicality disrupts opposing offensive players. His ability to defend multiple positions should translate to the NBA as he will help out a team immediately on the defensive end.
Bridges thrives in a transition game where he can show off his athleticism. He scores a lot of his points in college through transition and put-back dunks. He reminds us of Justice Winslow from the Miami Heat. Both are lefty who can do a little bit of everything on the court. Winslow was a top 10 pick a few years ago. While Bridges won’t go that high in a deeper draft this year, they are very similar, in our opinion.
Miles Bridges is a very intriguing player. If he had a more consistent jump-shot, he would be a lottery pick. There is a lot to like about him. In our opinion, he needs to work on his shooting non-stop after the college season ends and up until draft night. Where he gets selected will be determined on which NBA team believes in him developing a reliable jump-shot.
To read Bridges High School Player Profile, CLICK HERE.
UPDATE (4-15-17): BRIDGES WILL RETURN TO MSU IN 2017
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