Bridges shows ability, discusses recruitment
One of the most impressive prospects at the Bluegrass Showcase, which took place at Lexington (Ky.) Dunbar, this past weekend was Huntington (W.V.) Prep standout Miles Bridges. Bridges, a 6-foot-6 physical forward in the 2016 class, used his athleticism well when he attacked the rim, proved to be a strong finisher and mixed in catch and shoot perimeter jump shots. But where Bridges impressed the most was with his ability to rebound. “If no one else is going to get the ball I’m going to have to get it,” Bridges said when asked about his rebounding. “On offense that’s easy points if they don’t box out.” What’s the next step in his development? “Just continuing to develop my ball handling skills,” he said. “It’s not where I want it to be yet and my ball handling too and also my defense to help my guard quick guards and small forwards.” On the recruiting front, Bridges, who is from Michigan, told Scout he doesn’t intend to make a college decision until next September. But Bridges already has plenty of options. The schools he rattled off were Iowa State, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, UConn, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon and UNLV. Bridges said Iowa State, Michigan State and Connecticut were the schools currently recruiting him the hardest. “They are just talking to me every day and giving me advice,” Bridges said. “They are talking to my mom and my mentor.” The coaches are among the many draws to Iowa State for Bridges. “I like it a lot,” he said of Iowa State. “I like the environment. I really like the coaches. I like their style of play too.” With Michigan State, Bridges grew up following the Spartans and Mateen Cleaves. “It’s 45 minutes away,” he said. “It’s just the hometown school.” Bridges latest college visit was to Kentucky last week. Bridges cited the environment as one of the things that stood out about the visit. “The whole arena,” Bridges said when asked abou this visit to Kentucky. “It’s like a NBA arena. It’s different from the other colleges. It’s way more advanced.” “I like it,” he added about UK. “They’ll get you NBA ready fast.”
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