Miles Bridges Selected to Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State men's basketball player Miles Bridges was selected to the John R. Wooden® Midseason Top 25, announced today.
Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, the midseason list is comprised of 25 student-athletes who are front-runners for the sport's most prestigious honor, based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season.
Bridges leads Michigan State in scoring with 16.5 points per game, is second on the team with 7.5 rebounds and is averaging 3.1 assists and 1.1 blocks. He ranks sixth in the Big Ten Conference in scoring, tied for ninth in rebounding, 16th in blocked shots and leads the league in free throw percentage (88.6 percent). Bridges is the only player in the country averaging at least 16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3,0 assists and one block per game.
A guard/forward, Bridges was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Dec. 26 after averaging 25.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a pair of games. It was his first career Player of the Week honor and the sixth time he had been recognized by the league as he was named Freshman of the Week five times during the 2016-17 season.
Bridges was named the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the preseason All-Big Ten team. He was also named a preseason All-American by the Associated Press and Sporting News, was named the preseason National Player of the Year by ESPN.com, NBC Sports.com and CBS Sports.com and is the No. 1 candidate for Sports Illustrated. In addition, Bridges was selected to the Watch List for the Naismith Trophy, recognizing the national player of the year, the Oscar Robertson Award and the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2018 John R. Wooden Award Men's Player of the Year presented by Wendy's. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players, who have been qualified as meeting the standards set forth by Coach Wooden and the Wooden Award Steering Committee. Voting will open prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team will be announced the week of the "Elite Eight" round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2018 John R. Wooden Award will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's on Friday, April 6, 2018.
Michigan State, ranked No.4 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, improved to 16-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Ten with a 76-72 overtime win against Rutgers on Wednesday night. The Spartans host Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Breslin Center. The game will air live on FOX.