Bridges was born in 1996 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He grew up in Overbook before moving to Malvern in middle school. Bridges has three siblings -- Eric, Jack and Korey. He attended high school four years at Great Valley in Malvern. As a senior, Bridges was named to First Team All-State in Pennsylvania Class AAAA after averaging 18.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. You can follow Bridges on Twitter (@mikal_bridges) and Instagram (@mikalbridges). Bridges scored 15.5 points per game in the 2018 NCAA Tournament to lead Villanova to the national championship. The Malvern, Pennsylvania native dropped 19 points as Villanova defeated Michigan, 79-62, in the title game. With the run in the tournament, he was named to the All-NCAA Final Four team. The guard/forward helped Villanova to the Big East Tournament title and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Bridges was named to the 2017-18 All-American Third Team. He also received a spot on the All-Big East First Team. Bridges was third in the 2017-18 Big East season in field-goal percentage (.514) and steals (61). He was fourth in the 17-18 Big East season in points (706), field goals (244) and three-point field goals (104). He entered the 2018 NBA Draft after his junior year. Bridges was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the draft (10th overall pick), but then he got traded to the Phoenix Suns.