Great news, Michigan State fans: star freshman Miles Bridges might put the NBA on hold for another year.
Bridges has canceled his agent meetings and is "leaning heavily" toward returning to Michigan State for his sophomore year, according to The Vertical, .
Despite being a lottery-pick talent, Bridges, who averaged16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game as a freshman last season, seems headed for a second year in college basketball as he attempts to further raise his draft stock.
The report also stated that Bridges is expected to finalize his decision after a meeting with coach Tom Izzo. The date of that meeting has not been specified.
Should Bridges indeed return to Michigan State next season, all four of its fantastic freshmen (Bridges, Cassius Winston, Nick Ward and Joshua Langford) would be back and looking for the school's first NCAA championship since 2000.
Michigan State will also have McDonald's All-American Jaren Jackson, a 6-10 power forward, coming in next season. The Spartans are also contenders for two five-star recruits (Brian Bowen and Brandon McCoy) and four-star point guard Mark Smith to round out the 2017 class.
Spartans fans endured a rough season at times in 2016-17 with a depleted frontcourt, but next season should be truly special if all the pieces fall into place.