Class of 2016 five-star small forward Miles Bridges, out of West Virginia’s Huntington Prep, has trimmed his list of schools down to five. Bridges made the announcement himself via his personal Twitter page.
Bridges also spoke to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and offered his reasons for each school.
On Michigan: “I talk to Coach (John) Beilein all the time and it’s a great situation. I love the way they bring in guys who aren’t ranked and turn them into pros.”
On Michigan State: “It’s only 45 minutes away from my home and they are one of the first schools to recruit me. A lot of guys from my area have gone there and been successful.”
On Kentucky: “My mom and I really liked Kentucky. I love how they get guys to the NBA.”
North Carolina: “I just started talking to Coach (Roy) Williams. I like the program, their style of playing run-and-gun. He really lets them play.”
Indiana: “Tom Crean always gives me feedback when he sees me play. I like their staff and that school is all about basketball.”
Definitely a solid list of schools for Bridges, who had also drawn interest from Iowa State, Louisville and Kansas, among many others. Michigan State would put him in a balanced system with Tom Izzo, who has made the Spartans tough competitors in each of his seasons in East Lansing, while playing for John Beilein at Michigan would pair him with a coach who has built winning programs wherever he has been.
Then, there are the cases of Indiana and North Carolina. Indiana has had a hard time bouncing back after losing so many key players to the NBA Draft over the past two seasons, having made the NCAA Tournament last year despite going just 20-14 (9-9 Big Ten) before being defeated in the Round of 64. North Carolina is a stronger program with a two-time champion in coach Roy Williams, but the program is waiting to here if it will suffer any consequences following an NCAA investigation into academic fraud.
That leaves Kentucky, a program that has contended for a championship in all but one of its seasons under John Calipari. Long story short, wherever Bridges decides to go, he will likely succeed.
Campus Sports will update this story as Bridges ponders his decision.
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