DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Phoenix Suns
About Mikal Bridges
Mikal Bridges was one of the most improved players in college basketball this season, emerging as the most efficient offensive player in the country for the NCAA Champion Villanova Wildcats, college basketball’s most efficient offensive team. A consensus top-100 recruit in the class of 2014, Bridges redshirted his first year under Jay Wright before playing valuable rotation minutes on the team that won the 2016 NCAA Championship and made an impact with his length, athleticism, and defensive versatility. A regular starter for the first time as a sophomore, Bridges took a huge step forward his junior averaging 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 44% from beyond the arc to earn Third Team All-American honors from multiple outlets.
- Has terrific size for a wing measuring 6’7 in shoes with a 7’2 wingspan and a lanky 205-pound frame last fall. Could benefit from getting stronger, but is a rangy athlete with the quickness to make a positive impact defensively.
- Played a significant role off the ball for an exceptionally balanced team that spaced the floor as well as any group in the country last season. Contributed primarily as a set shooter, but put together a strong season showing the ability to do a little bit of everything. Also scored with great consistency picking and choosing his spots around the rim and on the fast break.
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- Regularly matched up against opposing teams’ best offensive player from one through three last season. Uses his length well to give himself a cushion to defend smaller players on the periemter and complement his solid lateral speed. Makes some second effort plays going after loose balls and protecting the rim. Closeout technique stands out. Allowed just 0.590 points per Spot Up possession [84th percentile] as a junior. Easily ranks among the most polished wing defenders available in this draft class.