According to a report from The Vertical on Wednesday afternoon, Michigan State freshman sensation Miles Bridges will be returning to East Lansing for one more season with the Spartans. The decision is a surprising one, but should have a massive impact on Michigan State, the Big Ten, and the national college basketball landscape.
In what was an up and down season for Michigan State, Bridges was the brightest spot on the team, averaging an impressive 32.0 minutes, 16.9 points, and 8.3 rebounds per game. He was especially great at the end of the season, scoring double-digits in the final 18 games of the season.
As a recruit, Bridges was rated as one of the top prospects in the country. He was considered as a five-star recruit by 247Sports and was projected by many to be a prime candidate for the 2017 NBA Draft. With his raw skillset, the sky was the limit.
Bridges, undoubtedly, lived up to the hype as a freshman. He earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and was spectacular from day one. Michigan State only made the Round of 32, but if there was a reason that the Spartans got that far, it was Bridges.
With his return, Michigan State will now be the clear favorite to win next year’s Big Ten regular season title. Moreover, expect the Spartans to receive a fair share of predictions to make next year’s Final Four. And, maybe, if all goes right, Michigan State could even end up in next year’s national championship game.
This was a surprising decision, for a multitude of different reasons, but at the end of the day, Spartan fans get to celebrate some huge news for the program. And if all goes right, maybe they’ll be celebrating in April of 2018 as well.