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Around the Kilt

November 17, 2017

This year, there are a ton of star-studded freshman and returning talented college basketball players vying for the Naismith College Player of the Year Award. I think this year’s Naismith Award winner will be Miles Bridges, a sophomore from Michigan State University. As a freshman, he averaged an impressive stat line of 17 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.5 blocks. This offseason he turned down the opportunity to declare for the NBA draft. Instead, he chose to work on his game and return to Michigan State improved and ready to lead his team to a national championship victory. Building off his impressive freshman season, Bridges is primed to take college basketball by storm and showcase his talents as the best player in all of college basketball.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

College basketball season began last Friday, and there are already some players that are looking far superior to others. There’s a long list of players that have a chance to win The Naismith College Player of the Year Award, but my list comes down to three guys: Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ and Michigan State’s Miles Bridges. Bagley scored 20+ in his first two collegiate games and even though he’s young, he already looks like Duke’s number one player. Happ broke out as a redshirt freshman and won Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2015-16 and took some big steps last season. Don’t be surprised if he makes another jump this season and averages 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bagley or Happ don’t compare next to Miles Bridges though. Bridges could have been a lottery pick in the NBA draft last season but decided to come back and try to win a national championship. He already has one season under his belt and seems ready to take over this season.

Cooper Pauley
Sports Editor

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