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Miles Bridges leaning towards passing on NBA Draft and returning to Michigan State


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It looks like Miles Bridges may really be coming back for a sophomore season.

According to Yahoo Sports, Bridges has canceled his meetings with prospective NBA agents and is leaning towards coming back for the 2017-18 college hoops season.

A projected lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft, Bridges averaged 16.9 points and 8.3 boards in his freshman season while being arguably the best dunker in college basketball.

But if Bridges were to return for a sophomore season, he’d probably be drafted much higher in a 2018 class that’s viewed as much weaker than this year’s crop. It’s not hard to see Bridges improving his stock enough that he’s not a top-five pick next year that could sneaking into the top three. If he comes out this year, Bridges is projected to go in the 10-14 range.

A sophomore Bridges would also likely mean a preseason top-three ranking for Michigan State next season. And this isn’t the first time we’ve gotten a hint that Bridges could return.