CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — There are eight schools still in the running for the commitment of five-star basketball recruit Miles Bridges. Only one of those schools is certain to get him on campus for an official visit.
“Just Kentucky right now,” Bridges said.
“I talked to (Isaiah) Briscoe and all them, and they say it’s an amazing visit,” Bridges said. “He told me how crazy it was.”
Bridges didn’t elaborate on what is supposed to be so crazy about an official visit to UK, but he’ll see it for himself in the near future.
The 6-foot-6 small forward from Flint, Mich., picked up a scholarship offer from the Wildcats after a wow performance at the Nike league event in Lexington a couple of months ago.
John Calipari watched Bridges play many times before that weekend — as a standout for nearby powerhouse Huntington Prep — but the UK coach saw something different in him that led to the offer.
“I was just being more aggressive, getting to the hole,” Bridges said. “Like, before when he was watching me, I was shooting jump shots a lot. But I got way more aggressive.”
The other schools on his list are Indiana, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina and North Carolina State.
Bridges says there are no favorites at the moment, though he acknowledged that his mother is a big fan of Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo, and there’s quite a bit of pull in his hometown to play for the Spartans, who won a national title in 2000 with Flint natives Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterson, and Charlie Bell.
“It’s a lot of pressure on me,” Bridges said. “Because everybody from Flint’s saying, ‘You gotta go to Michigan State. You’re from Flint.’ But I’m just going to make the best decision for me.”
His plan is to cut his list down to five schools sometime soon, then use an official visit to see each of those campuses.
And don’t expect Bridges — one of the top 30 players in the class of 2016 — to draw out his decision like so many of the best players in last year’s class. He said he expects to make a college announcement by the beginning of the upcoming season.