The college basketball world will learn where highly-touted 2016 prospect Miles Bridges is going on Saturday.
The 6-6, 218-pound forward out of Huntington Prep is 24/7 Sports' No. 12 prospect in the '16 class. Bridges has already narrowed his final list to include the Indiana Hoosiers, Kentucky Wildcats and Michigan State Spartans, but it's tom Izzo and Sparty who looks like the favorites in this one.
CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein reported earlier this week that MSU had emerged as the favorite for Bridges, a sentiment that's been shared since his visit to East Lansing earlier in September. His most recent crystal ball predictions have all been for MSU, who now holds a commanding lead over John Calipari and UK.
24/7 Sports director of basketball scouting Jerry Meyer wrote last week that Bridges "more than ever looks destined to announce for Michigan State." ESPN recruiting reporter Jeff Borzello wrote this week that "it's always difficult to count out John Calipari, but as we head into the final stretch, Michigan State appears to have a leg up on the Wildcats and Indiana."
Wherever he goes, Bridges will make his announcement at Mott Community College's Ballenger Field House in Flint, Michigan sometime between noon to 2 p.m. and will be live streamed on MLive.com/sports
Before he does so, we gathered our staff for one final round of predictions for where Bridges ends up, and not everyone is sold on the Spartans being the final pick.
I’m predicting Kentucky…only because I think he got "sold" at Michigan State and since then, Cal has put on the full-court press and some of the shine of the visit has worn off.
I’m going with Kentucky on this one. Ken Pomeroy’s PASR model has been pretty accurate so far this year, so I’m going to go with his prediction, which currently has UK at 68% for Bridges. He doesn’t get them all right by any means (he had UK at 63% to get Omari Spellman, and Villanova, his eventual destination, at less than 1%), but I think Bridges winds up at UK.
There has been a lot of talk of Michigan State making a final push at Bridges and that Tom Izzo will beat John Calipari out for the five-star small forward, but I am going to predict Kentucky. Bridges' visit seemed to have gone extremely well. Tyler Ulis was his chaperone, a player that chose Kentucky over Michigan State, so I would not overlook that as a big factor in his final decision. John Calipari is riding a pretty big wave right now with his Hall of Fame induction and the success of the Alumni game. I think Bridges will give Cal his first elite small forward since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
As much as everyone would love this kid to come to UK, all signs point to Michigan State. Bridges has a friendship with fellow Flint, Michigan native Cassius Winston, who is a four star recruit that has committed to the Spartans. The two have been rumored to plan on packaging together in college. The only thing going for Kentucky here is when Bridges' tweeted Drake's "I rock Kentucky blue" lyrics, but even then he confirmed it was just lyrics and nothing more. I'm predicting Bridges' to stay home and commit to MSU.
Bridges is one of the guys I would most like to have out of this recruiting class, but I believe he is going to announce a commitment to Michigan State. Izzo has came on strong and really wants Bridges, and many of the signs are pointing that way. That being said, I will go ahead and put this out there. Even if he announces a commitment to Michigan State, it wouldn't surprise me to see him change his mind before all is said and done. Calipari wants Bridges in Lexington.
I think he goes to Izzoville, but really hope I'm wrong. (Betting against Cal is just silly, right?)
I think the home school wins out here, but it's not that Bridges doesn't want to come to UK. With the Cats possibly getting De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk to pair with Wenyen Gabriel and others, Bridges would likely never be 'the guy' here, something he'll be at Michigan State.