Mikal Bridges Scouting Report

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Mikal Bridges is a college basketball purist’s dream.

After redshirting his first year, the six-foot-seven wing improved year-over-year the next three seasons, graduated and now leaves Villanova as a two-time National Champion.

Most recently, he averaged 22 points per 40 minutes on 65.5% true shooting and posted a 25.2 PER in 40 appearances last season. Villanova played the sixth-toughest schedule in the country and had a +35.3 pace-adjusted point differential in Bridges’ 1,286 minutes.

Other than his 3,172 minutes of NCAA experience, Bridges also has 103 minutes at the 2017 adidas Nations under his belt.

The 21-year-old had a few chances to isolate against his man out of ball reversals and sealing his man for catches in the extended elbow area. But for the most part he operated as a weak-side floor-spacer, while also flashing some ability to aid the shot creation with movement.

On the other end, Bridges started most possessions matched up on similarly sized wings, as a weak-side defender, but Villanova switched aggressively, not just on screens but on movement as well, and he found himself picking up smaller and bigger players quite often.

(Check the rest of the post at RealGM)

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