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Miles Emmanuel Bridges (born March 21, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Michigan State Spartans. A native of Flint, Michigan, he competed for Flint Southwestern Academy (freshman season) at the high school level before moving to Huntington Prep School for his sophomore, junior, and senior year.

Miles Bridges
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Bridges goes for a dunk in the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game.
No. 0 – Charlotte Hornets
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1998-03-21) March 21, 1998 (age 21)
Flint, Michigan
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeMichigan State (2016–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–presentCharlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Early lifeEdit

Miles was born on March 21, 1998 to Cynthia and Raymond Bridges.[1] His father Raymond, a two-time basketball state champion at Flint Northern High School, taught him the game at the age of two.[2] According to Miles, his sister Tara Rushing was an important figure in his childhood.[1] Bridges attended middle school at Woodland Park Academy in Grand Blanc, Michigan.[2] At age 12, he practiced at a local YMCA with future high school teammates and coach Keith Gray.[3][2]

High school careerEdit

As a freshman, Bridges played varsity basketball with Flint Southwestern Academy in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. There, he played alongside future George Mason signee Jaire Grayer and future Mississippi Valley commit Jovan Embry. He stood 6 ft 4 in (1.93) at 14 years of age and was a center.[2] Bridges averaged 10 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks per game, leading his team to the regional semifinals and a 17–6 record.[1] He was soon offered an athletic scholarship by Oakland University.[3] In July 2013, Bridges transferred to Huntington Prep School in Huntington, West Virginia. He was encouraged to make the decision by former Flint Powers Catholic all-state guard JaVontae Hawkins, who had transferred to Huntington Prep as well.[3] Hawkins said, "Just getting away from the violence and distractions in Flint will help him grow and mature because he will be focused and away from his family."[3] As a sophomore, he averaged 9.8 points per game, 9.9 rebounds per game, 2.7 steals, and 3.3 Assist per game, while leading the Irish to a (29-5) overall record.

In his junior year, Bridges and Huntington Prep played in the 2015 Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals Tournament at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village, Queens, New York. On April 2, 2015, Huntington Prep defeated Jaylen Brown and #5 ranked Wheeler (73-70) in the quarterfinals. On April 3, Bridges had 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in a losing effort as Huntington Prep lost to #1 ranked Oak Hill Academy (61-51) in the semi-finals. On the season, Bridges averaged 15.7 points per game, 10.6 rebounds per game, 3.5 assist per game, 2.8 blocks and 2.3 steals per game with a (31-3) record the most in the school's history, where he played alongside senior Thomas Bryant. In the 2015 summer, Bridges participated in the NBPA Top 100 Camp at the John Paul Jones Arena in Virginia. As a senior, Bridges averaged 25 Points, 10 rebounds, 5.2 assist, and 2.0 Steals while leading Huntington Prep to a (25-11) record. In January 2016, Bridges was named a McDonald's All-American and played in the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game, on March 30, 2016 at the United Center in Chicago, IL, where he scored 8 points, 3 rebounds, and two steals in a 114-107 loss to the West team. He also competed in the Jordan Brand Classic All-Star game.

College careerEdit

Bridges was a five-star recruit and was ranked as the 10th-best player of his class by Rivals.com. He declined offers from schools such as Kentucky, Kansas, and Oregon.[4] He announced that he would play for Michigan State on October 3, 2015.[5] Head coach Tom Izzo labeled him a "blue-collar superstar" and expected him to easily fit into the team.[6][7]

In his debut vs. Arizona on November 12, 2016, Bridges scored 21 points and recorded seven rebounds.[8] On November 24, he scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help defeat St. John's.[9] On December 1, Tom Izzo announced that Miles Bridges would miss "as least a couple of weeks" due an injured ankle.[10] Bridges returned to action on January 4, 2017 after missing seven games.[11] He scored a career-high 33 points in a January 24 loss to Purdue.

Bridges was named Big Ten Freshman of the week five times.[12][13][14][15][16] On February 2, 2017, Bridges was named as one of the 10 finalists on the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year watchlist.[17][18]

He was named Big Ten Freshman of the year and earned second team all-Big Ten honors.[19] He was named to the Sporting News Freshmen All-American Team[20] and USBWA All-District V Team.[21] He was also named unanimous AP Big Ten Newcomer of the Year and AP All-Big Ten Second Team.[22]

He finished the season averaging 16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 blocks per game in 32 minutes per game.[23]

On April 13, Bridges announced his intent to return to Michigan State for his sophomore season,[24] a move prompting many experts to peg the Spartans as the 2018 National Championship favorites, especially with incoming freshman Jaren Jackson Jr.

Following Michigan State's loss in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, Bridges announced his intention to forgo his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA Draft, where he was drafted in the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers, he was then traded to the Charlotte Hornets, his current team.[25]

Freshman season awardsEdit

Preseason awards and watchlistsEdit

  • Sporting News #2 player in Big Ten
  • Sporting News Preseason Big Ten First Team
  • Sporting News Preseason Freshman of Year
  • Sporting News Preseason All American 2nd Team
  • MLive Preseason Big Ten 2nd Team[26]
  • Karl Malone Award Watch List Preseason[27]
  • Athalon Sports 15 Impact Freshmen in College Basketball for 2016-17[28]
  • Naismith Preseason Top 50[29]
  • Wendy’s Wooden Award Preseason List[30]
  • Bleacher Report Most Under Pressure NCAA Player[31]
  • College Sports Madness 2016-2017 Preseason Big Ten All-Conference 4th Team[32]
  • College Sports Madness 2016-2017 Preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year[32]

Regular season awardsEdit

  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week[33]
  • CBS Sports Big Ten Freshman of the Week[34]
  • CBS Sports Big Ten Freshman of the Week[34]
  • Battle For Atlantis All-Tournament Team
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week[35]
  • Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week[36]
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week[37]
  • CBS Top 10 Freshmen in the Nation[38]
  • Final 10 for Malone Award[39]
  • Bleacher Report- 11th best Freshman in the Nation[40]
  • Headline of the 5th Best Freshmen Class[41]
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week[42]

End of the year awardsEdit

  • CBS Big Ten Freshman of the Year[43]
  • Big Ten Coaches Freshman of the Year[43]
  • All-Big Ten Second Team Media[44]
  • All-Big Ten Second Team Coaches[44]
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Year Media[43]
  • Sporting News Freshman All-American First Team[45]
  • Big Ten Network All-Big Ten Second Team[46]
  • Big Ten Network Big Ten Freshman of the Year[46]
  • Fox Sports National Freshman of the Year Finalist (5th place)[47]
  • USBWA All-District Team[48]
  • Karl Malone Award Finalist[49]
  • AP Big Ten Newcomer of the Year
  • AP All-Big Ten Second Team
  • 2017-2018 First Team All-Big Ten Coaches selection[50]

Team awardsEdit

  • Most Valuable Player Award (Team Vote)[51]
  • Most Valuable Player Award (Media Vote)[51]
  • Jumping Johnny Green Chairman of the Boards Award[51]

Professional careerEdit

Charlotte Hornets (2018–present)Edit

On June 21, 2018, Bridges was selected with the twelfth overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2018 NBA draft. He was subsequently traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for the pick before him, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.[52] On July 2, 2018, Bridges officially signed with the Hornets.[53]. Bridges participated in the 2019 Slam Dunk Contest.

Personal lifeEdit

On October 26, 2018, Miles Emmanuel Bridges Jr. was born to Miles Bridges Sr. and Mychelle Johnson.[54]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Charlotte 80 25 21.2 .464 .325 .753 4.0 1.2 .7 .6 7.5
Career 80 25 21.2 .464 .325 .753 4.0 1.2 .7 .6 7.5


CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Michigan State 28 27 32.0 .486 .389 .685 8.3 2.1 .7 1.5 16.9
2017–18 Michigan State 34 33 31.4 .457 .364 .853 7.0 2.7 .6 .8 17.1
Career 62 60 31.6 .470 .375 .776 7.6 2.4 .6 1.1 17.0

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