Notebook: Michigan offers five-star wing Miles Bridges

Dylan Burkhardt

Five-star wing forward Miles Bridges visited Michigan on Monday and received a scholarship offer. News of the offer was first reported by Sam Webb.

Bridges, ranked 16th in the class of 2016 according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, is coming off of a superb July on the AAU circuit. The 6-foot-6 wing’s stock is high and he’s down to five schools: Kentucky, Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana and North Carolina.

After cutting his list, the forward set official visits for Indiana (August 28th), Michigan State (September 12th) and Kentucky (October 16th).

Michigan’s recruitment of Bridges has seen some ups and downs, but this week’s trip to Ann Arbor and the subsequent offer are signs that both parties might be starting to work some things out. The trip to Ann Arbor was Bridges’ first as his most-recent scheduled trip to Ann Arbor — for the Wolverines’ College Practice Camp — never materialized.

“I talk to Coach (John) Beilein all the time, and it’s a great situation,” Bridges told ESPN earlier in July. “I love the way they bring in guys who aren’t ranked and turn them into pros.”

The Bridges visit is also notable because he’s expressed an interest in playing college basketball with his AAU teammate, Cassius Winston. Winston is Michigan’s top recruiting target and the two combined to play very well throughout the summer circuit.

Kentucky and Michigan State are the presumed leaders in Bridges’ recruitment according to recent reports and the 247Sports Crystal Ball.

Quentin Goodin picks Xavier

Four-star point guard offeree Quentin Goodin is officially off the board after he committed to Xavier on Sunday.

Goodin committed during an official visit to Xavier and chose the Musketeers over Florida, Western Kentucky, Miami and Xavier.

Michigan offered Goodin on June 15th of last year, but the mutual interest between both parties seemed luke-warm at times. Goodin originally had dropped Michigan when he cut his list to five schools before July, only to add the Wolverines back to his list and remove Louisville.

Other targets setting visits

While Cassius Winston is Michigan’s top priority at the point guard position, the Wolverines also spent considerable time tracking Milwaukee point guard Te’Jon Lucas throughout the month of July.

Lucas has reportedly set trips to official visits to Purdue (August 28th), Old Dominion (September 11th) and USC (September 18th). He’ll also take an unofficial to Illinois on August 7th. He has two remaining official visits to be decided.

Fellow point guard target Bruce Brown has also set two official visits. He’ll trip to Indiana and Georgetown in September, according to a report by Jon Rothstein.

Four-star point guard Bryce Aiken is down to six schools: Miami, USC, Harvard, Michigan, Illinois and Seton Hall..

Four-star wing guard Kevin Huerter also started his late-summer visit tour with an unofficial trip to Maryland.

Michigan currently has one reported official visit scheduled for this fall, Cassius Winston on September 19th.

  • Nick

    Wings on wings on wings…

  • David Remmler

    Looks like a long shot. And it looks like Bridges and Winston are a package deal. In addition, we have a full house for 2016 as it stands right now. The only theoretical open spots would seem to open up only if Davis reclassifies to 2017 and/or Irvin goes pro. So I don’t think we’ll know if we can take anybody new until we have more clarity on spots coming open.

    Dylan, is that right and when might we know about The possibility of Davis reclassifying?

    • Wayman Britt

      David I agree with you that Bridges and Winston are a package deal. I think that is why he all of a sudden wanted to visit UM, before recently he had no interest in UM. Now all Beilien has to do is pry them both away from MSU.

      If they both go to the same school, either MSU or UM, then that school can order a final four flag.

      • bobohle

        HERE HERE!!!

    • I don’t think it is right to call Bridges and Winston a package deal. I think it is more likely to work in the Bridges wants to play with Winston direction, but at the end of the day the two have fairly different recruitments.

      There are plenty of ‘theoretical’ open spots if you add in any potential attrition (transfer/nba). Big Ten allows oversigning by one in the fall because of both of those.

  • Fab 5 Legends

    I hope we get Bridges, but I do not see this happening…

    in other news…ESPN does not have Michigan in Top 25 now…we will prove them wrong

    • bobohle

      I read that also. Preseason Michigan is not getting much respect.

      • UMTigersLionsWings

        Thats because of last year. We wil get it. They can give us the comeback team of the year award when we get to the final 4! :)

  • Mike Pavlis

    With TJ Leaf decomitting from Arizona, do you think Michigan will re-start their recruitment of him? Does Michigan’s offer to Leaf still stand or did it disappear when he committed to Zona (thus would Michigan have to re-offer him)?

    • geoffclarke

      Michigan is apparently one of the teams to have contacted him. I’m sure they’re trying to gauge his interest. Despite having guys like Wilson, Wagner, and Chatman on the roster, you have to at least see where Leaf’s head’s at, he’s so talented. But I wouldn’t get my hopes too high until we hear more, despite the fact that he seems like a great fit.