Bridges hits growth spurt, emerges as sleeper

Mikal Bridges

Coming out of the April evaluation periods, Mikal Bridges, a 2014 wing, has emerged as one of the nation's top sleepers.

In the fall, Mikal Bridges stood just 6-foot-3 and was being tracked heavily by mid-major schools.

Fast-forward to the EYBL Hampton event this past weekend and Bridges has grown to nearly 6-foot-7. Those same mid-major schools are offering and high major schools are beginning to show interest.

Team Final coach Rob Brown said the growth played a major part in his emergence this spring.

"I saw him in the fall and he was 6-foot-3 combo guard," Brown told Scout.com. "They had him running the one and two and bring the ball up."

"In February I got a call from his mom and she said he's 6-6 and I was like ‘that changes him,'" Brown added.

Bridges broke out during his final game at the EYBL Hampton event scoring 17 points and reeling in eight rebounds. Bridges showed toughness, high-level athleticism and a good-looking shot.

"I'm a nice shooter," Bridges said when asked to describe his game. "I can get to the basket and I can finish pretty good. I like to look for my teammates when I drive because I like to pass too."

"He's athletic," Brown told Scout.com. "He shoots it. He could be a little more confident with his ball handling, but I've seen him handle it in high school."

Bridges said Temple, St. Joseph and George Washington have been recruiting him for quite some time and all three have offered a scholarship. Brown said VCU has been recruiting Bridges and others are starting to call.

"He had a lot of buzz coming off the high school season," Brown said. "A lot of the high majors wanted to see how he did in the EYBL."

"Virginia Tech offered last night," Brown added. "He visited Georgetown unofficially. Florida is interested. Villanova is interested. Minnesota called last night and they wants to get involved."

Bridges has already talking unofficial visits to St. Joseph and Temple.

"I was going to go visit George Washington soon and go to another visit at St. Joe's," Bridges told Scout.com.

Bridges averaged 20 points and eight rebounds a game during his junior season.

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