One of the top recruits of the class of 2016 Miles Bridges, out of Huntington Prep Academy in Flint, Michigan, has announced his decision to play for Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans.
Bridges picked the home-state Spartans over the Kentucky Wildcats and Indiana Hoosiers. This is Tom Izzo's fourth top-50 recruit of the 2016 class, and perhaps his most talented freshman recruit ever.
Miles Bridges is the No. 8 overall recruit in the class of 2016, and the third-highest rated small forward behind only Jason Tatum and Josh Jackson. Listed at 6'6" and 225 lbs, Bridges is an athletic freak of nature. Highlights showcase a practical in game dunk contest, including where Bridges broke the Internet after an emphatic one-handed poster slam dunk.
While showing obvious capability to get to the rim and finish, Bridges brings a wide variety of skills to the table. That includes a pretty left-handed jump shot the goes back to three point distance, as well as fairly decent ball handling, great court vision which mutualizes with exceptional passing ability. That athletic scoring ability combined with point-forward capability makes Bridges one of the most gifted prospects in this stacked recruiting class.
Bridges' decision to remain at home comes as shock to nobody, as the Michigan native had been predicted to attend Michigan State for a while now. Four-star point guard recruit and fellow Flint native Cassius Winston committed to the Spartans a few weeks ago. The two share a friendship, and had been rumored to be talking about packaging together in college. Now they have their chance to, as Michigan State looks to have an elite team going into the 2016 college basketball season.
Miles Bridges is no joke, and a very special prospect. As much as we would have loved to see him play at Kentucky, Bridges is going to be some kind of fun to watch at Michigan State.