Top University of Kentucky basketball recruiting target Miles Bridges announced his commitment to Michigan State on Saturday.
Bridges — a 6-foot-6 small forward who plays for Huntington (W.Va.) Prep — returned to his hometown of Flint, Mich., to make the announcement. He chose the Spartans over fellow finalists Kentucky and Indiana.
After his announcement, Bridges noted that Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo started recruiting him during the eighth grade and stayed in constant contact after that. He also pointed to his hometown’s close proximity to Michigan State and the recent commitment of friend and AAU teammate Cassius Winston as reasons for his own pledge to the Spartans.
“They were loyal throughout the whole process, even when everyone thought I was going to Kentucky,” Bridges said.
UK Coach John Calipari extended a scholarship offer to Bridges over the summer, and the versatile wing player quickly became one of the Wildcats’ top recruiting targets in the class of 2016. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 11 overall senior in the country.
Kentucky was viewed as the favorite in Bridges’ recruitment until his official visit to East Lansing three weeks ago. A few days after that, Michigan State picked up a commitment from Winston, who accompanied him on that trip.
UK picked up a commitment from five-star forward Wenyen Gabriel on Thursday, and that should take some of the sting out of Bridges’ commitment to the Spartans. Gabriel, a 6-10 prospect with perimeter skills, is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 10 overall player in the class of 2016.