Michigan State's Miles Bridges returning for 'unfinished business'

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Michigan State will duel Duke, and Kansas will take on Kentucky in Chicago.

Miles Bridges made Michigan State basketball fans pretty happy on Thursday.

The 6-7 freshman forward announced Thursday he will remain in school for at least another year.

"I got some unfinished business here. I'm just saying I wanna stay,"he said Thursday evening. "It's just an unreal experience.

"I want to win a national championship, my teammates are a big part of it. I love my teammates."

He teased the announcement earlier in the day.

Bridges hadcanceled meetings with agents, despite his projection as a lottery pick in June's NBA Draft. He will have the maxium insurance policy of$10 million next season in case he gets hurt.

Bridges averaged16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last season as the Spartans went 20-15 and lost to Kansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Spartans should be able to bounce back from a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Big Ten.

With Bridges back, Michigan State could again be a contender for the Big Ten title. Bridges keeps intact a quartet that also includes Cassius Winston, Nick Ward and Joshua Langford.

The Spartans also have McDonald's All-American Jaren Jackson, a 6-10 power forward, coming in next season. Michigan State also has a pair of five-star recruits (Brian Bowen and Brandon McCoy) and four-star point guard Mark Smith to round out the 2017 class.

Bridges' return gives Spartans fans some serious optimism for next season.

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"I didn't recruit him to come back. My job is to help him do what's right," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "What I'm proudest of, he made a decision for himself. He had enough courage.

"He never acted like he wanted to leave."

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