In-state schools battle for Bridges

Michigan and Michigan State are both high on Miles Bridges.

Traditionally Michigan and Michigan State have had a lot of heated recruiting battles for in-state prospects, and the 2016 class looks to be no different. Not only are the two schools after point guard Cassius Winston, but also it looks like Miles Bridges could end up being a major battle as well.

The 6-foot-6 and 210 pound Bridges is one of the best athletes in the entire class. A native of Flint, Michigan who is now at Huntington (WV) Prep, Bridges is starring for The Family on the Nike EYBL circuit.

“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.

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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