MSU’s Bridges up to No. 10 on ESPN writer’s Big Board

The Detroit News

Michigan State freshman Miles Bridges is moving up on Chad Ford’s Big Board.

The star forward climbed two spots to No. 10 in the ESPN writer’s fourth version of NBA draft rankings (pay site), if Bridges chooses to go pro.

“Bridges continues to impress scouts with his combination of athleticism, scoring ability and floor vision,” Ford wrote. “He’s shooting an impressive 41 percent on jumpers (both from 3 and from 2, according to Hoop-Math). He also has proven to be a terrific rebounder and a solid shot-blocker.

His team should make the tournament, but a loss to Maryland on Saturday didn’t help the cause. Some scouts feel he’s a better long-term prospect than (Duke freshman Jayson) Tatum. It will be interesting to see those two go at it in workouts.”

Bridges and the Spartans (18-13) will play either Penn State or Nebraska in the Big Ten tournament on Thursday as the No. 8 seed. The 6-foot-7 Bridges leads Michigan State in scoring (16.6 points) and rebounding (8.3).

Holding steady at No. 3 on Ford’s big board is Kansas freshman Josh Jackson, a Detroit native. Ford says Jackson remains a possibility as the top overall selection in the NBA draft if he decides to enter.

“He has improved significantly as the season has progressed, especially as a shooter. In his past 12 games he has shot 51 percent from 3 (18-for-35). He also has recorded seven double-doubles in that 12-game stretch.

“He continues to be turnover prone and his free-throw shooting is a red flag worth noting, but Jackson's competitive fire and ability to play multiple positions are big pluses. If he can keep hitting shots, he has superstar upside.”

Washington freshman guard Markelle Fultz tops Ford’s board. Among Ford’s “next five in” is Georgia junior forward Yante Maten, a Bloomfield Hills product.