Indiana a “dream school” for 2016 forward Miles Bridges

milesbridgesGoing into last week’s adidas Invitational, class of 2016 Flint Southwestern (Mi.) forward Miles Bridges was primarily hearing from local schools.

But after his performance at the event, where he was dominant at times for the Michigan Mustangs 16-and-under team, Bridges is on the rise nationally.

Scout.com national analyst Brian Snow named the 6-foot-5, 190 pound forward one of the top six performers at the event. With his combination of size, athleticism and strength, Bridges is difficult to contain. He acknowledged after a pool play game that he’s come a long way in recent months with his game.

“I’ve improved my shot, athleticism, my defense and rebounding,” Bridges said.

Bridges listed Oakland, Michigan, Iowa State and Michigan as the four schools primarily involved in his recruitment, but Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley also watched him in Indianapolis.

He’s already visited Michigan State four times and Michigan once, but said that Indiana and Kansas share a unique distinction from the local schools he’s hearing from: They are his two dream schools.

“The crowd, I like the way the fans cheer them on. And I like the coaches,” he said of Indiana. “They work their players hard so they can get them ready for the NBA level. I want that.”

Bridges said Indiana has been one of his dream schools since he was 7. His father, Raymond Bridges, is a big reason why the younger Bridges has followed the Hoosier program.

“I think my Dad always wanted to go to Indiana,” he said. “He always talked about it.”

As a freshman, Bridges was named honorable mention all-state for Class A in Michigan. He said it’s possible that he’ll go to the prep school route beginning with his junior year — Huntington Prep in West Virginia was a school he mentioned — but he isn’t thinking much about a college decision at this point. (Update: It was announced Friday that Bridges will go to Huntington Prep next season.)

“I think I’ll make my decision my senior year,” Bridges said.

  • CreanFaithful

    “They work their players hard so they can get them ready for the NBA level. I want that.”

    And we want players with that kind of mentality! What athleticism this kid has… this is the first I’ve heard of him, but I like what I see.

  • inLinE6

    I liked his way of attacking the rim, but didn’t see much of his shots. He probably has to grow 2-3 inches to play forward at college level.

  • HoosierGrampy

    This young baller’s got some serious hops! Good to see that he’s not afraid to get on the glass either. Being 1 of his dream schools cannot possibly hurt the chance to put him in “Stripes”. Like to see a mid-range game develop similar to Will Sheehey’s in the near future…he won’t always have an open path to the rack.

  • Dylan Young

    I’d take an immediate commitment from this kid. I know IU is setting itself up for a monster class in ’16 but this kid is going to be really good.

  • plane1972

    It certainly seems like it, and I saw someone confirmed the transfer to Huntington Prep. Should raise his stock quite a bit.

  • b_side

    Interesting reel (I mean that in a good way)…showed a lot of clips finishing strong with his right hand, but I’m fairly certain he took the long range jumper with his left (about 25 seconds in). Very unique to see this kind of ambidexterity in general, let alone at such a young age.

  • LL Cool Jurkin

    If my memory serves me correctly, Coach Crean did well with the Flint, MI area when under Izzo. That was long ago, but maybe we can grab this kid. Nice player!

  • Kelin Blab

    I read elsewhere Miles was the best player at the Adidas event last week…..to say Indiana and Kansas are your dream schools should help you would think.

  • Steve Fischer

    Kelin -It would help even more if Kansas was suddenly put on NCAA Probation for 4 years.

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