Miles Bridges Selected to Wooden Award Late Season Top 20
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges was selected to the John R. Wooden Award® Late Season Top 20 by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Monday night.
Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on their performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season, the list comprises of 20 student-athletes who are currently the front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor and the John R. Wooden Award All America Team.
This is one of several honors for Bridges, who was also one of 14 players selected last month to the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which is presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to college basketball’s national player of the year, and was named to the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Watch List.
Bridges leads Michigan State in scoring with 17.4 points per game, is second on the team with 7.4 rebounds and is averaging 2.9 assists and 1.1 blocks. He ranks fifth in the Big Ten Conference in scoring, eighth in rebounding and leads the league in free throw percentage (90.1 percent). Bridges is the only player in the country averaging at least 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and one block per game.
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 number of potential candidates for the 2018 Wooden Award will be reduced to 15 on the final ballot prior to the NCAA Tournament. The announcement of the Wooden Award All-American Team will occur during the week of the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. Players not named to the watch list are still eligible to make the ballot at the end of the season. The John R. Wooden Award, established in 1976, is presented annually to a student-athlete that not only showcases an athletic prowess on the court, but also demonstrates progress towards graduation by maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Michigan State, ranked No.4 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, plays at Iowa on Tiuesday, Feb. 6. Tipoff at Carver-Hawkeye Arena is slated for 9 p.m. The game will air live on ESPN with Dave Flemming calling the play-by-play, Dan Dakich serving as the color analyst and Molly McGrath on sidelines.