FLINT, Mich.– Five-star small forward Miles Bridges committed to Michigan State’s 2016 class during a ceremony held at Ballenger Field House at Mott Community College in Flint.
Michigan State has long been one of the Flint native’s top choices, but the 6’6,” 218-pounder also heavily considered Kentucky and Indiana — and at one time, Michigan was in the running for his services. He also received offers from Kansas, Louisville, North Carolina, UConn and Florida, among several others.
He visited Kentucky on Sept. 18 and visited Indiana on Aug. 28.
Before transferring to Huntington Prep in West Virginia, Bridges–the No. 3-ranked SF and No. 12-ranked player of the next class–attended Flint Southwestern Academy, where he was recognized as an up-and-coming talent.
However, it was at Huntington Prep where he solidified a spot as one of the top high school basketball players in the country.
Despite the move, Bridges maintained steady contact with former Spartans greats such as Draymond Green of Saginaw, and Mateen Cleaves, the leader of the Flintstones 2000 national title team. Those connections probably helped Izzo build a relationship with Bridges. Prior to his commitment, Bridges consistently mentioned that he liked the “family atmosphere” in East Lansing.
That probably played a role in his decision.
On the other hand, Izzo’s NCAA-best six Final Fours since 2000–seven overall–may have influenced Bridges.
Those, and the fact that Izzo has put together what’s become arguably his best recruiting class in 20 years. As of right now, the Spartans have commitments from 5-star combo-guard Josh Langford, 4-star point guard Cassius Winston— one of his top targets–and four-star power forward Nick Ward.
Five-star shooting guard Josh Jackson, the No. 1-ranked player according to 247Sports, has “warm” interest in joining the Spartans next season.
Bridges is walking into a championship-run in the making.
Prior to Bridges’ commitment, the Spartans had the No. 2-ranked 2016 class in the country, No. 1 in the Big Ten, per 247Sports–which will likely return them to the top of list now that Bridges is on board.
— Today’s U (@TodaysUSports) October 3, 2015
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