Recruiting remains busy for Bridges
There is no doubt that Miles Bridges is one of the best athletes in the class of 2016. Now the Flint, Michigan native is ready to become a more refined basketball player, and is off to a good start this spring. “I think I have been playing good,” said Bridges about the start to his spring. “We have good guards who get me the ball in places where I can score, and it has been fun.” He continued, “I have really been working on my ball handling. I am trying to be able to play not only forward, but guard in college, so I know I have to improve on my handle and my IQ as well.” Recruiting wise, several schools came out to see Bridges in Hampton, and have been checking in with him in his recruitment. “Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, and Iowa were all watching me,” listed Bridges. The Spartans have been recruiting Bridges as long as anybody, and he says that there is already a close relationship with him and the staff in East Lansing. “They have been recruiting me since eighth grade,” said Bridges of Michigan State. “I have a great relationship with Coach (Tom) Izzo, Coach (Dwayne) Stephens, and Coach (Dane) Fife. Also it is 45 minutes from my house, so that is a great thing.” While Michigan hasn’t recruited Bridges as long, the Wolverines have ramped up the interest in the last 12 months. “Coach (John) Beilein came to my school and talked to for me like an hour and I really got to know him, so I like them a lot now,” said Bridges. One of the visits that Bridges took during the school year was to Louisville. On the trip Bridges got to see the facilities and meet with the coaches, and that left a good impression with him. “The trip to Louisville was a great visit,” said Bridges. “I got to see the arena and meet Coach Pitino. He is obviously a great coach, and he develops players like Terry Rozier, so it was just a great visit.” While the vast majority of those schools have offered, one that hasn’t is Kentucky. Bridges however thinks an offer could be coming from the Wildcats. “They haven’t offered me yet, but I think they will soon,” explained Bridges. “I like them a lot, and clearly Coach Calipari does a great job with the program.” While Bridges has already been a major target for numerous schools for a long time, he says right now he is in no hurry to make his commitment. “I am going to be patient,” said Bridges. “I think I will make my visits in September and just be patient.” Currently Bridges is viewed as the No. 28 player overall and the No. 7 small forward.
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