Ranking The 10 Best Freshmen NBA Prospects in the NCAA Tournament Field

9. Miles Bridges – F – Michigan State


The next famed prospect to hail from Flint, Mich., Bridges is effectively a human pogo stick out on the court. He tries to dunk everything…literally. In all seriousness, the 6’7″ freshman plays with boundless energy and effort.

Bridges leads the team in points (16.7), rebounds (8.3), blocks (1.2), and is shooting a respectable 38.8-percent from three-point range. Some are labeling Bridges with the dreaded “tweener” title. His skill-level appears to need improving (as do most young players), and he does have a relatively short wingspan (6’9″) for his height/position.

He could function ultimately as a small forward, or even as a small-ball four. Bridges may have some shortcomings as a prospect, but his ability to play above the rim — coupled with his activity level — will translate very well on the next level. Bridges appears to be a fringe lottery pick in this year’s draft.

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