Bridges Earns Consensus All-America Honors
The Spartans take on the Orange in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
photos from Michigan State men's basketball vs. Bucknell - Friday, March 16, 2018
The Spartans prepare to open play in the NCAA tournament in Detroit.
Michigan State vs. Michigan (USATSI) Men's Basketball
Michigan State vs. Wisconsin (USATSI) Men's Basketball
2016-17 Game-by-Game Stats
2017-18 Game-by-Game Stats
NBC Sports Preseason National Player of the Year • Tabbed the nation's No. 1 player by Athlon Sports • Preseason All-America selection by Street & Smith's Yearbooks and Athlon Sports • Named the nation's No. 1 small forward by Lindy's Sports Annuals • Consensus Preseason All-Big Ten selection and popular selection for Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year • • Named the nation's best dunker by Athlon Sports • The only freshman in the nation in the last 25 years to average 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists and return for his sophomore season • Big Ten's leading returning scorer and third-leading rebounder • Combines power, athleticism and versatility to impact the game in a variety of ways • Continues to improve as a defender and a pas• One of the game's most dynamic dunkers, he also shoots a high percentage from 3-point range • Unselfish player who celebrates his teammates more than his own accomplishments • Coach Izzo calls him a "blue collar superstar."
Appeared in 28 games, including starting 27, averaging 16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 32.0 minutes • Sporting News Freshman All-American • Selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year by both the coaches and media, becoming the second Spartan to win Big Ten Freshman of the Year since it was first presented in 1986, joining Gary Harris (2013) • Second Team All-Big Ten, joining Gary Harris (2013) and Shawn Respert (1992) as the only Spartan freshmen to earn all-conference honors since Magic Johnson in 1978 • Voted Michigan State Team MVP by both the media and the team • NABC All-District 7 First-Team selection • USBWA All-District V selection • Recipient of MSU's Jumping Johnny Green Chairman of the Boards Award • Five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (11/14, 11/28, 1/16, 1/29 and 2/20) • USBWA Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week (1/30) • His 16.9 ppg ranked sixth in the Big Ten, while his 8.3 rebounds per game ranked fifth • Tallied seven double-doubles on the season, including three with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds • His 16.9 scoring average was second-best all-time among Spartan freshmen, trailing only Earvin "Magic" Johnson (17.0 ppg) • Had 10 20-plus point games and scored in double figures in 25 of 28 contests, including the final 18 of the season • Led the Spartans in scoring in 17 games and in rebounding in 18 games • Grabbed double-figure rebounds in eight contests • Appears in the top-5 of several categories in the MSU freshman record book, including points (473, 4th), 3-point field goals (56, 4th), rebounds (232, 3rd), rebounding average (8.3, 2nd) and blocked shots (43, 3rd) • Made a team-high 56 3-pointers • With his 20 points vs. Nebraska (2/23), he joined Nick Ward as the first freshman duo at Michigan State to score 20+ points in the same game since Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Jay Vincent in 1978 • Set the MSU single-game freshman scoring record with 33 points vs. Purdue (1/24), surpassing Scott Skiles 32 points vs. Ohio State (2/24/1983) • His 21 points vs. Arizona were the second-most ever by a freshman in his MSU debut, trailing only Jay Vincent's 25 in 1977 • His seven boards were tied for the seventh most by a freshman in his first game, joining Branden Dawson (2011), Adreian Payne (2010) and Charlie Bell (1997) • Grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds against St. John's (11/23), while also totaling 22 points • Totaled 15 points and 13 rebounds in his first-ever game against Michigan (1/29) • Dished out a season-high six assists against Mississippi Valley State (11/18), while also posting a dominating 24 points and 11 rebounds • Ranked fifth in the Big Ten with 1.5 blocks per game, posting four blocks against Minnesota (1/11), Purdue (1/24) and Iowa (2/11) • Returned to action vs. Rutgers (1/4) after sitting out the previous seven games with a sprained left ankle. His alley-oop dunk was No. 2 on the SportsCenter Top 10.
2016 McDonald's All-American, totaling eight points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals for the East • 2016 Jordan Brand Classic All-American, totaling 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals • Averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals as a senior at Huntington Prep, playing for Coach Arkell Bruce, leading his team to a 25-11 record • First-Team Naismith All-American • All-USA TODAY Sports West Virginia Player of the Year • Averaged 15.7 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.8 blocks and 2.3 steals as a junior • 2015 Max Preps Junior All-America Third-Team honoree • Shot 62.2 percent from the field, 46.5 percent from 3-point range and 81.7 percent from the foul line • Helped guide Huntington Prep to a 31-3 record, establishing a school record for wins, and finished the season ranked #4 nationally • Scored in double-figures in 28 of 32 games, grabbing double-figure rebounds in 21 games, and recorded 20 double-doubles • Tallied a triple-double against Whitney Young • Led Huntington Prep with 19 points and nine rebounds in the semifinals of the Dick's Sporting Goods High School Nationals • Averaged 9.8 points and 9.9 rebounds as a sophomore at Huntington Prep, adding 1.1 assists, 2.7 steals and 3.3 blocks per contest • 2014 Max Preps Sophomore All-America Honorable Mention selection • Huntington Prep finished with a 29-5 record and a #3 national ranking • Shot 67.0 percent from the field • Scored in double-figures in 18 games, and grabbed double-figure rebounds in 20 contests, totaling 14 double-doubles • Played as a freshman at Flint Southwestern Academy, the same school that produced Spartan Hall of Famer Charlie Bell • Averaged 10 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks at Southwestern, guiding the Knights to a 17-6 mark and advancing to the regional semifinal • Named to the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team • Played AAU Basketball for The Family Rated among the Top 15 players in his class by ESPN 100 (#8), Rivals.com (#10), 24/7 Sports (#11) and Scout.com (#14), resulting in a 24/7 Sports Composite ranking of #12.
Born March 21, 1998 • Son of Cynthia Bridges and Raymond Bridges • Says his sister Tara Rushing is like a parent to him • Journalism major.