The preseason honors keep coming for Miles Bridges. This one doesn't have a trophy attached to it, but its nice recognition nonetheless. The Michigan State forward is ranked No. 1 in ESPN's annual list of the Top 50 College Basketball Players for 2017 ahead of Wisconsin's Ethan Happ, Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson, Arizona's Allonzo Trier and top ranked freshman Michael Porter Jr. of Missouri. "The sophomore returned to chase Big Ten and national titles after a freshman season few players in the country could match." The 6-foot-7 Flint native was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year last season after averaging 16.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. He shot 38.9 percent from the 3-point line. Bridges is expected to lead a loaded Michigan State team anchored by its talented sophomore class. Speaking of that sophomore class; Nick Ward is on the list, too. Ward, a 6-foot-8 forward from Gahanna, Ohio is ranked No. 35. He appeared in 35 games, averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 19.8 minutes. Those minutes are certain to go up in year two.
Miles Bridges is No. 1 in ESPN's list of Top 50 college basketball players
Michigan Live | Nov 6