Bridges Named to NABC All-District First Team
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State guard/forward Miles Bridges has been selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Seven First Team, as announced by the NABC today.
Bridges averaged 16.9 ppg and 8.3 rebounds per game to become the first freshman to lead MSU in scoring since Shawn Respert did as a redshirt freshman in 1991-92., while his scoring average is second-best all-time among Spartan freshmen, trailing only Earvin "Magic" Johnson (17.0 ppg).
Joining Bridges on the All-District First Team is Maryland’s Melo Trimble, Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ and Iowa’s Peter Jok. The teams are selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC. The 250 student-athletes, from 25 districts, are now eligible for the NABC Coaches’ All-America teams.
Bridges was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and was a second team All-Big Ten selection, along with earning Sporting News Freshman All-American honors. He is just the second Spartan to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and is the fourth freshman in school history to earn all-conference honors.
The Flint, Michigan native finished with 10 games of 20-plus points, including scoring in double figures in 25 of 28 games, and his 33 points vs. Purdue (1/24) set the MSU single-game freshman scoring record.