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Name: Miles Bridges

School:

Michigan State

Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: 8 (2016)

Birthdate: March 21, 1998 (18)

Birthplace: Flint, Michigan

Family: 

- Parents divorced when he was young

- Grew up in tough neighbourhood and school in Flint

High School: Huntington Prep

Accolades:

- 2016 McDonald's All-American

Twitter: MilesBridges01 - posts daily, all positive, devout Christian

Instagram: MilesBridges22

Height: 6'7

Weight: 230

Wingspan: N/A

Standing Reach: 8'7 (Numbers taken from 2016 USA Basketball)

No Step Vert: N/A

Max Vert: N/A - Can touch top of backboard + Maxed out vertical jump test pole

Body Fat %: N/A

Injury History: Suffered ankle injury in early December, will mist at least a few weeks

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Tom Izzo builds character players - Specifically, because of Bridges' potential, Izzo makes a point of yelling at Bridges consistently. This will help him develop faster, expect more of himself and succeed. One time after being yelled at he came back and drove from perimeter, one dribble spin move then finger-roll

- While at Huntington Prep in High School, he arranged to have water access in Flint - wants to make change in Flint

Freshman Season Stats: Through 15 games

- 16.3 PPG

- 8.5 RPG

- 2 APG

- 1.7 BPG

- 0.7 SPG

- 49% FG

- 41% 3

- 61% FT

Analytics: 

- 3rd in field goals made and total rebounds in the Big Ten in 2016-17

Position: SF/PF

Greatest Strength: Athleticism

Greatest Weakness: Experience

Athleticism: 9

Aggression: 8

Speed: 9

Strength: 8

Lateral Movement: 8

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 9

3 point shooting: 6

Jumpshot: 6

Ability to finish at the rim: 9

Post moves: 8

Handle: 6

Passing: 7

Rebounding: 9

Motor: 9

Touch: 7

Hands: 8

On ball defense: 6

Help defense: 7 (9 potential)

Steals: 7

Blocks: 8

Pick and Roll: 

- Will have great switchability to be able to play perimeter on offense but guard 2s-4s on defense. Did great job when switched onto much smaller guard moving laterally and contesting shot to cause miss

- Guarding Markkanen, did a good job showing on ball-handler but miscommunication as to if they were switching or staying and he did not recover in time and gave Markkanen a good look for a 3 which he hit. A few plays later showed and recovered much quicker and got his hand up so Markkanen couldnt get shot off - shows he learns quickly

- Will be a nightmare to stop offensively with his ability to pop (either knockdown the 3 or good pumpfake and drive) or roll with his freakish athleticism to finish at the rim

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Bridges is not just a freak athete but he is a skilled passer, attacker, and has great potential to be a great shooter as well

- Elite NBA leaping ability

- Already 230, Bridges has the body, strength, and athleticism to play in the NBA and will surely be a 1 and done guy

- Will probably have to learn how to simplify his game because he will pickup charges attacking the way he does

- Reminds me of blake griffin, with better shooting and more perimeter oriented

- Covers so much ground with just one dribble, that is an elite talent

- I would suggest he watches tape of how Demar DeRozan and Julius Randle play - Demar has simplified his game to only take the shots he wants and use his size and athleticism to get there. But, Bridges also has the physicality of a Julius Randle, who can attack 4s from the midrange and also make plays for teammates

- I think he should be a stretch 4 in the NBA because he can protect the rim and guard the pick and roll on defense, and offensively can attack from the midrange in and also stretch bigs out to the 3 point line if they can't go there

Game Analysis: 

Game 1:

- vs. Arizona

- #10 Lauri Markkanen

- #25 Keanu Pinder

- Boxing out - usually boxes out and does a great job of waiting for man to dive and put body on them

- His second jump is so quick and high that he can get away with not boxing out

- Sets fake screens every time. Never firm. Always wants to fake the screen and roll off quickly to pop for an open look

- Extreme athlete - outran everyone on fast break and finished w layup above rim

- Then filled the lane on fast break and finished with a reverse dunk- bouncy

- Caught ball on right side 3 and was shot ready and hit three with Markkanen who is much larger guarding him

- Markkanen is a horrible matchup on him - Bridges is much more athletic and fast and is more of a 3/4 playing vs a 5

- Head up passing - faked a 3, took it into lane and spotted open shooter - On bad defensive rotation he made a good skip pass for an open 3 and got the assist - willing passer

- Likes to play on the right and dribble to the right side

- Freak athlete - good jab and drive, missed circus layup but incredible athleticism on display

- Incredible speed at changing direction, missed a layup but went from going east-west to north-south on a dime and got to rim - Long strides and can get to the rim very quickly

- Good show but bad recovery/communication on pick and pop 3, gave up open 3 as a result

- Same thing happened a second time but good recovery under control and stopped the shot - appears to have longer arms than listed

- Quick second jump for offensive rebound

- Likes to drive middle from left side going with his right

- Appears to force drives - mostly out of control but you can see the incredible level of athleticism he possesses to potentially get to the hoop at will if he was under control

- Has missed a few 3s but a good clean stroke with good arc, no reason he cant be a knockdown shooter

- Double teamed - dribbled out of trouble first time. second time found open man for bucket - head always up, impressive passing

- Switched onto guard, good lateral movement, makes it a tough shot and challenges it

- Very unselfish again on fast break 2 on 1 looking to pass to the man further ahead

- Incredible up and under move got to other side of hoop in one bounce from 3 pt line and finished a reverse - insane athlete

- Alley-oop - Great job of getting ball to PG after rebound and then running floor, filling lane and finishing alley-oop above the rim

- Very quick and long first step attacking

- Explosive move on the right block with back to basket, quickly turned middle to his left and finished with another explosive dunk (got away with a hook, impressive nevertheless)

- Great awareness to cut backdoor while Markkanen was ball-watching and finished strong with a dunk - He is going to provide an NBA team with a lot of easy points

- Good spacing at all time on the perimeter

- FTs 2/2 - penalty

- Wide body frame, should be able to put on a lot of size and play the 3 or 4 depending on what the team wants

- Appears unsure on weakside help of when he should try and block shot

- incredible one dribble spin move to finish with finger roll at hoop after Izzo yelled at him

- Barrels defender over after facing up with space in high post - Will need some go-to moves rather than simply relying on athleticism

- Izzo consistently calls him out for mistakes and yells at him knowing he is a better athlete than everyone else and is more capable 

Game 2:

- vs. Kentucky

- #43 Derek Willis

- #3 Bam Adebayo

- #13 Isaiah Briscoe

- Missed 3 late in shot clock, had to force it up - close

- Good preparation and rundown on fast break D - blocked Fox then came up with rebound

- Bad reach foul on Fox helping as he drove - should stunted with body

- Missed putback but skied incredibly high for rebound - incredible athleticism

- On the block backing man down he was double teamed - always aware, dribbled out and passed to open teammate

- Incredible chasedown block on Briscoe - ran him down and timed it perfectly like LeBron

- Got in air when teammate in high post wasn't open and turned it over

- Another incredible rebound - even if he doesn't box out, he will be a great NBA rebounder because he is an elite athlete

- Another turnover - stepped before he dribbled

- Again aware of a double team on the block, dribbled out, but turned it over - tries to make too complicated skip passes rather than the simple play

- Catch and shoot missed 3 on the perimeter

- Catches short left corner, fakes right, goes left for dunk - explosive first dunk

- Incredible offensive rebound off a missed FT, goes up and gets fouled - FTs 1/2

- Another travel - moved before he dribbled (5th TO of game) - another sign he needs to simplify his game

- Corner 3 catch and shoot hit it

- High post spin move turned right into help defender - 6th turnover - He does not know what his game is - he has the athleticism to simplify it and succeed

- Missed dunk - still very athletic - all mishaps can be fixed

- Tapout to create another possession 

NBA Comparison: Julius Randle/Blake Griffin

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 8.5

Projected Draft Spot: Top 5

Opinion: I have seen Bridges at his best and his worst. He is a skilled freak athlete who simply needs time and experience to develop properly. Coaches call him an ego-less superstar. He plays within the offense and puts up big numbers. Bridges doesn't force shots and plays much more under control than he did earlier in season. I have questions about what position he can defend, but I think he will figure it out. He has the potential to be a 20 PPG, 10 RPG, 5 APG top 10 NBA player.