Five-star forward Miles Bridges has verbally committed to Michigan State, he told Scout.
“They were loyal through the whole process even when everyone thought I was going to Kentucky,” Bridges said. “They were still working me hard. Coach [Tom] Izzo is a great man. They have a great coaching staff and I think I fit in with their playing style.”
Bridges, a standout at Huntington (W.V.) Prep, picked Tom Izzo and the Spartans over Kentucky and Indiana. He took official visits to all three of his finalists.
Bridges visited Michigan State the weekend of September 12th. Bridges AAU teammate and now MSU commit Cassius Winston took his official visit the same weekend.
“When he committed, then I basically switched over to Michigan State from Kentucky,” Bridges said. “At first I thought Cassius was going to Michigan. When he went to Michigan State, it changed everything.”
"I just started hanging with him when AAU started,” Bridges said about Winston. “But it feels like I’ve known Cassius for all my life. We connect like brothers.”
The two formed arguably the best one-two punch in the Nike EYBL this summer playing for The Family. While Winston finished 2nd in scoring in the EYBL, Bridges checked in at No. 3 with 21 points a game. Bridges also averaged 9.1 rebounds.
Bridges said he also had built a strong connection with Izzo and liked how he bonded with his parents.
“Just how good of a man he is,” Bridges said when asked about what he liked about Izzo. “He won’t lie to you. He’ll be straight up with you. He’s very respectful towards my parents. He always called me my mom and texted my mom. He would ask her how her day was. He’s a great man.”
Bridges ranks as the No. 4 small forward and No. 11 overall prospect in the 2016 recruiting class.
With the addition of Bridges, Michigan State now has the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. Bridges joins five-star wing Josh Langford and four-star prospects Cassius Winston and Nick Ward.
“I think we can do a lot of good things, this group,” he said. “I think we can really win some games in the tournament.”