Miles Bridges is expected to be the best player on a loaded Michigan State basketball team next season, after passing up the NBA following his freshman season.
He’s also a good fit on college basketball’s “perfect” team, assembled Wednesday by ESPN. The team, Myron Medcalf writes, is as much about who ESPN believes “would jell together” as it is about the talent it boasts on the floor and on the sideline.
The Spartans’ star sophomore-to-be is a starter — and No. 5 pick — on the 10-man team, which would be coached by Louisville’s Rick Pitino, but also includes Michigan’s John Beilein on staff.
The 6-foot-7 Bridges last season led the Spartans in scoring (16.9 points) and rebounds (8.3 rebounds), while also shooting 39 percent from three-point range.
His versatility turns ESPN’s perfect team into a “juggernaut,” Medcalf writes.
“He’s an acrobat responsible for generating matchup problems against any opponent,” Medcalf writes. “With (North Carolina’s Joel) Berry and (Duke’s Grayson) Allen running the show, he’ll face an abundance of isolation situations, where he’s unstoppable.”
Medcalf calls Beilein, meanwhile, “the most underrated coach in the country.” He led Michigan to a Big Ten tournament title last season, and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen.
“He knows the keys to developing raw talent,” Medcalf writes. “Just ask the six first-round picks he has produced during his time at Michigan. He’ll help this roster reach its potential, too.”
Also in the starting five is Texas incoming freshman center Mohamed Bamba, who chose the Longhorns over Michigan, among other suitors.