NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Of the top rising senior prospects at Nike’s Peach Jam EYBL Finals in North Augusta, few, if any, have been more thoroughly impressive than Hungtington Prep stretch-four Miles Bridges.
Bridges, who suits up for Detroit-based The Family in the summer season, has been a one-man wrecking crew in the first day-and-a-half of the annual EYBL circuit capper. On Friday morning he scored 18 points and added 13 rebounds while playing all 32 minutes, driving The Family to an impressive 66-58 victory against Pro Skills Elite. That followed Miles’ virtuoso performance in a tight loss to team Georgia, when he scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds, and an even better 31-point, 9 rebound output in The Family’s victory against Las Vegas Prospects. Anyone willing to get in Bridges’ way might want to re-think that strategy. Considering the fact that The Family was one of the last two teams to clinch a Peach Jam berth, a 2-1 start at the tournament speaks to its evolution.
You can see Bridges’ most dominant moments from that 31-point explosion directly below.
His play has been so impressive that his game is making a legitimate case to jump up the national composite prospect rankings, even though he’s already a top-10 player according to ESPN.
Bridges, who says he expects to play as more of a swingman three than his current four role in college, is the subject of major recruiting attention from nearly every major program in the country. He’s set up an official visit to Michigan State, and told USA TODAY High School Sports that he’ll also take an official visit to Michigan, Kentucky and two other schools TBD. The 6-foot-7 budding superstar hails from Flint, so he acknowledged that there’s no small amount of pressure on him to follow the city’s line of past stars to Michigan State, though he insisted those close to him would protect him from making a pressure-influenced decision.
“It’s not a lot of pressure, it’s just where I live,” Bridges said of the Michigan State connections. “They were the first big school to recruit me.”
The rising senior may not need much help. There’s a maturity about the powerful forward that has come to fore in his first three games in North Augusta. Just as Bridges was arguably Huntington Prep’s most effective player at the DICK’S Nationals tournament this spring, he has again found a way to push his game to a new level, and he exudes a calmness that makes it clear his success is no surprise.
“It’s just fighting through adversity,” Bridges said. “(Against Pro Skills) We were down all game and we fought back to win. I get better playing with this guys and playing against them so much. Especially these bigs after the last season (at Huntington Prep). Me and Marques (Pro Skills center Marques Bolden) are really close. Malik Monk I’ve played with a lot.”
Of course, Bridges isn’t done yet. And before it’s all over, Bridges has one fellow super recruit in particular that he’d like to see.
“Jayson Tatum. He’s the guy I want to play against. And we play the same position. It’s just a great matchup whenever we play against each other.”
Sounds like someone still has a point to prove.