Michigan State’s Miles Bridges named ESPN preseason player of the year

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This year’s Michigan State men’s basketball team is going to be pretty darn good.

And, it all starts with sophomore forward Miles Bridges. Bridges, who decided against opting in for the 2017 NBA Draft, came back to Michigan State for a second season knowing the Spartans could be pretty special.

On Monday, ESPN announced its preseason All-America teams as well as its selection for national player of the year. Bridges, as you may have guessed, was pegged as the best player in the country.

Here’s what ESPN’s Jeff Goodman wrote about him:

“He’s got a season of experience under his belt and spurned the chance to be a lottery pick. He is a guy who, when healthy, produced at a high level last season. He is athletic, skilled and versatile. He plays hard and plays for a high-profile program.”

When releasing information about the players making up its First Team, Bridges was of course selected for that as well. Below is what Goodman wrote under his First Team selection:

“There were plenty who thought he’d leave after his freshman season, but Bridges returned to East Lansing for his sophomore campaign and should be the ultimate mismatch. He’ll play more small forward this season, allowing him to utilize his size. He will also see time at power forward, where he’s too quick for most defenders.”

Bridges will be an absolute nightmare of a mismatch, being 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds, yet possessing elite athleticism.

Months ago, Bridges was picked as being a top-five pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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