The deadline to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft was Sunday night, and the biggest name who elected to return to school was unquestionably Michigan State’s Miles Bridges. Virtually every outlet pegged him as a lottery pick had he declared, but instead, the 6-foot-7 wing decided to return to college after averaging nearly 17 points per game as a freshman. For Bridges it seems like it’d be a tough decision (he could have been a millionaire overnight if he’d gone pro) but according to his college coach it really wasn’t hard at all. Tom Izzo joined “The Sidelines” podcast with FS1 college basketball insider Evan Daniels this week, and discussed the process which had Bridges return to school. Izzo explained: “The decision for him wasn’t that hard,” Izzo said. “That’s what was so impressive. I spent three weeks almost trying to talk him into it. Or at least going through the process so we could really find out [just how high he would be drafted].” Izzo continued later in the interview. “It was really bizarre. Most people won’t believe this, but I probably spent more time talking him into going [pro] than out of going, and to his credit, he did what he wanted to do. And he really could have made his decision [to stay] three weeks earlier. But we really held him off so we could do some research and talk to him and his mom, who kind of wanted him to go.” But to his credit, Bridges did what was best for him and no one else.
Tom Izzo explains why Miles Bridges decided to return to Michigan State
Fox Sports | Apr 24