Bridges returns to Michigan State for sophomore season

Kansas guard Josh Jackson (11) defends as Michigan State guard Miles Bridges (22) goes up for a shot in the first half of a second-round game in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

The way the basketball season ended for Michigan State last year left a bad taste in everyone's mouth, including freshman Miles Bridges. He came into the program as a true blue chip prospect, the kind of guy head coach Tom Izzo has failed to attract to the program , historically speaking.

During a season where he dazzled fans with a dizzying array of dunks, blocked shots, hustle plays, and countless "wow" moments, NBA scouts took notice. On Thursday, after weeks of speculation, Bridges put all of the guess work to bed when he anounced he was coming back for another season with the Spartan basketball program.

"It wasn't a tough decision. It was just I had a lot of people in my ear. And now that I have it over with, I don't have to hear from them anymore. So I am hapy it's over with."

Fellow freshman Nick Ward is excited about the possibilites for this team next season.

"We're all brothers, we do everything together. But it took a lot for Miles to come back and that just shows we are dedicated to each other and we will succeed this year."

Izzo recognized the strain this decision has put of Bridges and his family.

"Miles gave up a lot. His mom's right. Miles gave up a lot and it's our job to make sure that he grows into a better player, better person, better student. We become a better team. And you all appreciate that someone is sacrificing."

The Spartans will also welcome 5-star power forward Jaren Jackson to East Lansing next season and pundits are already saying they will be the team to beat in the Big Ten.

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