Miles Bridges To Return To Michigan State Next Season

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By Ryan Touhey,

According to numerous news outlets, Miles Bridges of Michigan State, has decided to keep his college basketball career going next season. “I got some unfinished business here,” Bridges told the Associated Press. Bridges’ ultimate goal is to hoist the NCAA National Championship over his head. Bridges had a dazzling freshmen year campaign, leading the Spartans in points per game, which was 16.7 points.

That’s the highest total for a freshman at Michigan State since Magic Johnson scored 17 per game in his 1977-78 season. According to ESPN, he averaged nearly 10 rebounds per game, at 8.3. That’s the most for a freshman at the school since Greg Kelser from 1975-76.

Bridges, who stands 6-foot-7, was considered a favorite to be selected in the NBA Draft. ESPN’S Chad Ford, had him at No. 12 overall had he entered. When Bridges announced he would return to Michigan State, it shocked some people, including his coach Tom Izzo.

“Most of the year, I thought he was going and assumed he would go,” Izzo told ESPN. “He felt he wasn’t ready and didn’t want to do it.”

“To have Miles back, it’s going to be a special year,” said freshman Cassius Winston in an interview with ESPN.  “A lot of us, if we were in his shoes, it would be really hard to turn down. The NBA is the goal we are all working toward, and he chose a different track.”

Because Bridges will return, Michigan State will only lose two players for next season. Those two are Eron Harris and Alvin Ellis, who averaged 10 minutes per game last season, according to ESPN. That also means that eight out of Michigan State’s top-10 players are coming back next season.

Joining Bridges next season, are Jaren Jackson from La Lumiere School in Indianapolis. Jackson was voted one of the top recruits in the country. Xavier Tillman from Grand Rapids Christian High in Michigan will be coming over. 7-footer center Brandon McCoy from California and point guard Mark Smith from Illinois will also join the fray.

With Bridges on the team next season, it should be an exciting and optimistic year for Michigan State fans, as they hope to win the NCAA title for the first time since 2000. They are currently among favorites to win it all next season along with Kentucky.

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