Indiana in the final five for five-star Miles Bridges

  • 07/13/2015 10:55 am in

Class of 2016 Huntington Prep (W.V.) wing Miles Bridges announced his final five schools on Monday morning and Indiana remains in the mix for the five-star prospect.

According to his Twitter account, Bridges has narrowed his list to Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and North Carolina.

Bridges, the No. 18 prospect nationally in he 247Composite, was one of the best players at Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball (EYBL) Finals at the Peach Jam over the weekend as he averaged 22.8 points and 10 rebounds per game.

The 6-foot-7 forward is originally from Flint (Mich.), but transferred to Huntington Prep before his sophomore season. He was a teammate of current IU freshman Thomas Bryant the last two seasons at Huntington Prep.

Indiana is also recruiting 2016 guard Curtis Jones, who also attends Huntington Prep and was recently on campus for an unofficial visit.

Bridges told ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman that he intends to take official visits in the fall and then make a decision before December.

He averaged 15.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.8 blocks and 2.3 steals per game as a junior, according to Max Preps.

(Photo credit: Jon Lopez/Nike)

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  • Dean Olson

    Love to see that we’re in on this guy. Makes me nervous that he mentioned how both he and his mom loved UK, but it’s early one, and Crean still has some time to impress her!

  • TomJameson

    2016 could be a very important recruiting class. With a class size of at least 5, it’s important to get some very good play-ready talent to soften the learning curve of being ready to play.

    The list looks promising, of course no guarantee on the delivery, but IU has plenty to offer. IU has great player development, gets guys to the NBA, and is absolutely all about basketball.

  • Hoosier Hall

    This guy is from Flint… I’d be thoroughly surprised if he goes anywhere but Sparty. Izzo has an underground tunnel to that basketball factory.

  • Hoosierkamp

    When IU has high expectations and a good team….. Crean gets more security…. Indiana recruiting gets better. We need to continue to have top 25 teams per-season, which is a huge aid in recruiting. Go get em TC and CM…..

  • At the Quarries

    If a player doesn’t pick IU, there are only two places I’d want him to go: either Michigan State because Izzo is the only B1G coach I don’t feel terrible losing to, or Kentucky to keep the player away from the rest of the B1G, lol.

  • hoosier93

    This is more like it. I don’t care about offering 3 stars. I want to know about kids who could make an impact from day 1.

  • SCHoosier

    If IU gets off to a good start this season..might have a shot at this kid. Then again he’s an hour from MSU..and was quoted as saying “my mom and I really like Kentucky”. when mom’s get involved..kids listen..

  • Zach

    Awesome to see we made the cut but I’m not going to hold my breath on this one. The TB connection is a plus but UK and Sparty seem to be above others at this point. This kid is a stud.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’m glad Thomas Bryant didn’t listen to his mom. He’d be an Orangeman if that were the case.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    You beat me to it. I was about to note that his list had some seriously fine programs listed on it, and it’s awesome to see a highly regarded recruit have IU on such a list.

    Now yes, there’s a whole other step in getting beyond being listed by a good player. So I’m not about to exaggerate it’s importance. But it’s still nice for the program. It shows there’s continued regard and respect out there for IU.

  • Bk39

    Trio of Bridges, Jones and Bryant would be a big winner. They have already proved they play well together and excel well together.

  • SilentBob

    What? No keep all talent away from Izzo. I rather not one of the toughest defensive and rebounding coaches in the country get one of the toughest players in the country. If we lose then go UNC lol

  • SilentBob

    He is one tough son of a gun. Got a splash of Josh Smith to him. Hopefully he is a better decision maker and teammate than Josh Smith lol

  • SCHoosier

    I think the NCAA issue took care of Bryant’s mom.

  • Zeisloft’s Zoloft

    I remember when Smith was heading to IU to play for Davis, but instead opted for the NBA. I have to wonder how that would have changed things.

  • IUBizmark

    That NCAA issue doesn’t seem to be hurting Syracuse at all, frankly. May have impacted Bryant, but they keep landing big names for ’16.

  • kaponya44

    This kills me to ponder so I stopped a few years ago 😉 But i get you for sure …Hard not to wonder.

  • How about Boise state or San Diego?