Michigan State striker Miles Bridges enters the NBA draft and has hired an agent, he announced Wednesday morning on Twitter.
A true #SpartanDawg through and through.
– Spartan basketball (@MSU_Basketball) March 28, 2018
In his announcement, Bridges thanked Spartans coach Tom Izzo and others for "giving a lean kid from Flint a chance to play such a legendary program."
He confirmed a generally anticipated decision, the draft and that he is under contract with Agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony projects Bridges as No. 11 prospect in his recent NBA Draft Rankings.
He averages 17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists as the sophomore this season, becomes the 11th All-American Consensus in Michigan State during Izzo's tenure
Bridges is among the 10 semi-finalists the Naismith Trophy and the five finalists of the Julius Erving Prize for the Small Forward of the Year.
"Miles wanted to return to school this year because he loved Michigan State. He loved his teammates and friends and he loved being part of that community," Izzo said in a statement. "I think I speak for the entire Spartan nation, thanking him for how he represents us and for all the great things he has helped us."
"He has given us everything we can ask for and much more.Miles is a mature young man who has excelled in the field and was a model student.I think he is ready both on and off Being a professional basketball player outside of the field, he has led the class and humility more than anything else, and as a coach, it's exciting for me to see him getting a chance to live his dream, and I'm looking forward to it To pursue his career in the NBA. "
Bridges was named 2016-17 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, averaging 16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.