The Villanova basketball program will be losing one of its key players from the 2018 national championship squad after All-American wing Mikal Bridges announced he will forgo his final year of college eligibility to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft. Bridges will be hiring an agent so he will be unable to return to school.
The 6-foot-7 guard averaged 17.5 points as a redshirt junior while shooting 43.5 percent from behind the arc.
“I bring winning to your team,” Bridges told ESPN. “I learned about that at Villanova, what is a winning, championship atmosphere and what you’ve got to do to achieve it. You have to always be locked in. Two championships in three years — not a lot of people have done that.
“There’s space in the NBA on the floor, and there’s this move toward position-less basketball that I fit into. I can shoot the ball. I can defend. I can move without the ball. I’m progressing in my game, getting better through work every day.”
The two-time national champion was the Big East Conference Tournament Player of the Year.
Bridges will receive his degree from Villanova in May, before going on to be a potential top ten pick in this year’s draft.
The 2018 NBA Draft takes place June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.