Bridges Talks Tar Heels

Amid a summer in which he has established himself as one of the best prospects in the nation, Miles Bridges discussed his Tar Heel recruitment.

CHICAGO -- Miles Bridges is off to a tremendous start to the summer circuit.

The performances from the 6-7 power wing from the 2016 class have been stellar, with a rankings boost sure to follow, and he picked up a scholarship offer from North Carolina on Monday afternoon in a phone call with UNC head coach Roy Williams

"It was a good conversation," Bridges said while at the Nike Global Challenge this week. "He just didn't know if I wanted to play with them because I'm so far away," Bridges said. "So I think that's why they waited for the offer."

The 6-foot-7 native of Michigan said that the distance to North Carolina wouldn't be an issue in his recruitment. He's already made the move to Huntington Prep in West Virginia to continue his high school career, so the move wouldn't bother him.

"No, I moved from my hometown to play in West Virginia," Bridges said of location. "I'm used to it now."

The dialogue with North Carolina's staff has been positive thus far and Bridges is a fan of their style of play.

"They're saying I could go in there and play the three or the four and they could just use me all over the floor," Bridges said of Carolina. "I like their style of play. They're run-and-gun."

UNC is actually the only school of Bridges's five finalists on his list that has viewed him as potentially playing some minutes at the four at the college level.

"At Kentucky: two or a three; Michigan State: two or a three; Michigan: two or the three; North Carolina: three or the four; Indiana: three," Bridges said.

Though he prefers to attack from the wing, Bridges has also shown a tremendous ability to rebound this spring and summer. With the style of play that North Carolina utilizes, the position wouldn't be an issue for Bridges.

"They run and gun, so I'm not even worried about it. They play four out too."

Of the five remaining schools on Bridges's list, North Carolina was the last school to offer a scholarship. And the Tar Heels made the cut both times he narrowed his list this year. Bridges said he kept them under consideration because he's fond of the program.

"I kind of knew an offer was coming. That's one of my favorite schools, too. I grew up watching them," Bridges said. "Vince Carter, Michael Jordan went to their school - and that's my favorite player."

Bridges has official visits set up to Michigan State on September 12th and to Kentucky for their "Big Blue Madness" in October - and both programs are considered by many to be at the front of the pack in this recruitment. Visits haven't been set up to the other three schools on his list, but Bridges wants to make that happen soon.

"Not yet. I will shortly though," Bridges said of scheduling official visits to the rest of his finalists.

Bridges explained that he is looking for a situation where he's comfortable with the coaches and style of play.

"Just communication. And I just want to feel comfortable with them," he said. "Just me being comfortable, the coaching staff -- if they have a great coaching staff -- and just the style of play, too."

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