Miles Bridges Selected to National Ballot for Wooden Award
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State sophomore men’s basketball player Miles Bridges was one of 15 players selected to the National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award®. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is comprised of 15 student-athletes who are candidates for the Wooden Award All-American Team and the Wooden Award Trophy as the most outstanding college basketball player in the United States.
This is another honor for Bridges, who was named a Second Team All-American by The Sporting News and USA Today on Monday.
Voting will take place from March 12th to March 19th, and voters, consisting of nearly 1,000 members of the national college basketball media, take into consideration a player’s entire season of play, as well as the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Fans may vote through the fan voting site, sponsored by Wendy’s, at www.woodenawardvote.com.
The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s to 10 players, and the finalists for the Wooden Award, widely considered the most prestigious honor in college basketball, will be announced following the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament and will be the focus of a 30-minute show March 28th on ESPNU at 8pm ET.
Bridges, who was a unanimous All-Big Ten First Team selection this year, leads Michigan State in scoring with 16.9 points per game, is second on the team with 6.9 rebounds and is third on the team with 2.8 assists per game. He ranks sixth in the Big Ten in scoring, 11th in rebounding and is also third in the league in free throw percentage (88.3 percent).
He is one of only four players in the country averaging at least 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.8 blocks per game.
Bridges became the 49th player in Michigan State history to pass the 1,000-point mark when he hit a 3-pointer in the first half of the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals against Michigan on Saturday in New York City. He finished with 17 points in the game and has 1,015 points for his career. Bridges is just the fifth player in MSU history to score 1,000 points in two seasons.
Bridges is also one of the 10 finalists for the Citizen Naismith Trophy, is one of 10 finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award and is one of 14 players selected to the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
Bridges helped Michigan State to the Big Ten Regular Season Championship and a school record 28 wins during the regular season. The Spartans, ranked No. 4 in the country in the Associated Press and No. 5 in the USA Today Coaches poll, are 29-4 overall and posted a 16-2 record in conference play.