Miles Bridges U.S. Basketball Writers Second Team All-American
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State men’s basketball sophomore guard/forward Miles Bridges was named a Second Team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) on Monday afternoon.
This is the third All-American honor in the last week for Bridges, who was a Second Team All-American honoree by The Sporting News and USA Today last week. Bridges was also named to the USBWA All-District V team last week, the second-straight year he has been named to that team.
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 on March 3. 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.
This is one of several honors for Bridges, who was selected to the National Ballot for the John R. Wooden Award®, is one of five finalists for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, is one of 10 national semifinalists competing for the 50th Citizen Naismith Trophy for Men’s College Player of the Year and is on the watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
Michigan State, 29-4 overall, is the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament and will play No. 14 seed Bucknell on Friday, March 16 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Tipoff is slated for 7:10 p.m.