Miles Bridges Named Associated Press Preseason All-American
East Lansing, Mich. - Michigan State men’s basketball sophomore Miles Bridges was named an Associated Press Preseason All-American on Monday.
The guard/forward received 61 of 65 possible votes from the national media members who vote for the Associated Press Top-25 poll.
This is another in a series of preseason accolades for MSU’s sophomore co-captain. Bridges was named the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team. In addition, he was one of 20 players selected to the watch list for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, was named the Preseason Player of the Year by ESPN.com and NBC Sports and Sports Illustrated lists him as the No. 1 candidate for National Player of the Year.
As a freshman in 2016-17, Bridges averaged 16.9 points 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 was second-best all-time among Spartan freshmen, trailing only Earvin "Magic" Johnson (17.0 ppg).
Bridges was named the B1G Freshman of the Year and was a second team All-B1G selection, along with earning Sporting News Freshman All-American honors. He was just the second Spartan to be named B1G Freshman of the Year and 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.
Michigan State, ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches preseason polls, opens the 2017-18 regular season on Friday, Nov. 10, hosting North Florida. Tipoff at the Breslin Center is slated for 8 p.m.