Miles Bridges is a professional American basketball player who plays the role of a small/power forward in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Michigan native completed his collegiate career with the Spartans of Michigan State University. During his stint with the Spartans, Miles was named to the Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award in 2017 and he also participated in the McDonald’s All-American Game in 2016. Learn more about his bio, career, draft, and body measurements below.
Miles Bridges Bio
The Charlotte Hornets star was born as Miles Emmanuel Bridges in Flint, Michigan on the 21st of March 1998. He was born to African-American parents Raymond Bridges and his wife Cynthia Bridges. His father was a two-time champion at Flint Northern High School and he taught Miles all he knew about basketball starting from the age of two. Miles is of American nationality while his ethnicity is black-American.
Growing up, Miles went to Woodland Park Academy, a middle school situated in Grand Blanc, Michigan. For his high school career, he was enrolled at Flint Southwestern Academy and later; transferred to Huntington Prep School in West Virginia.
During his high school basketball career, Miles had an average of 9.9 rebounds and 9.8 points per game while leading the team to a 29 – 5 record as a sophomore. The following year, he led Huntington Prep to advance to the semi-finals; while scoring 8 rebounds and 21 points before losing to the Oak Hill Academy at the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals Tournament. At the end of his junior year, Miles averaged 10.6 rebounds and 15.7 points per game. During the summer of 2015, he took part in the NBPA Top 100 Camp.
In his senior year, the kid earned a spot in the McDonald’s All-American game as well as a 2016 Jordan Classic All-Star Game after averaging 10.0 rebounds and 25.0 points in the season. At the completion of his high school career, Miles was regarded as one of the top college prospects by top sporting websites. The star was ranked the tenth best player of his class by Rivals.com.
As the young and promising player ended his high school career on a good note; many of the top universities including Oregon and Kentucky, among others, were seeking to recruit him to their team. Miles finally committed to Michigan State University for his collegiate career. Joining the Spartans, he made his first appearance on November 12, 2016; thus scoring seven rebounds and 21 points in their victory over Arizona University. He ended his freshman season with an average of 8.3 rebounds as well as 16.9 points per game. For his jaw-dropping performance, Miles Bridges received Big Ten Freshman of the Year Award and was named to the All-Big Ten second team.
As a sophomore, the Michigan native got All-Big Ten first team and Consensus All-American second-team selection after averaging 7.0 rebounds and 17.1 points per game. Although he helped the Spartans reach the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament; the team didn’t make it to the finals of the tournament. At the end of his sophomore season, Miles declared for the 2018 NBA draft while forgoing the remaining two seasons of his college career.
Draft and Scouting Report
Miles Bridges was invited to the 2018 NBA draft combine drills where he showed a top-notch performance. Having shown great improvement each year, NBA Scouting teams projected the amazing player to be a first-rounder in the draft. He measured 6 feet 6.75 inches in shoes with a 220-pound frame and 6 feet 9.5 inches wingspan.
Amazingly, he emerged as the best top small forward in the country in his last season at Michigan State and his versatility is quite intriguing. The power forward has great physical attributes, excellent defensive skills, and effective pick and rollability. Watching his game, you’d see an explosive player who has great agility, balling skills, and great ambidexterity as a finisher with dunks and layups. Without a doubt, the fast-rising star would be a great asset to any team of the NBA.
NBA Career Stats
During the NBA draft of 2018, Miles Bridges was picked by the Los Angeles Clippers as their 11th overall selection in the draft. He was subsequently traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for the Hornets selection Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
While the Hornets did not make it to the NBA playoffs; they were able to finish at the third position in the Southeast Division. Having the likes of Kemba Walker who is an NBA All-Star, as well as Frank Kaminsky and Dwight Howard; Miles Bridges might just be what the Hornets needs to get themselves to the top of the league this coming season. He made his first professional appearance for the Hornets in the 2018/19 season. We wish him well in his professional career.
His Height and Weight
Many people may consider Miles Bridges undersized for the power forward position; nevertheless, Miles has continued to surprise his fans every now and then. He stands at a height of 6 feet 7 inches and weighs 100 kg. Meanwhile, Miles is just two inches below NBA superstars including Antawn Jamison and Carlos Boozer who are 6 feet 9 inches respectively. In addition, Miles has black hair and brown eyes.