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Mikal Bridges

Villanova
  • (TonyTheTiger)
  • Born: 8/30/96 
  • Height: 6’7″
  • Wingspan: 7’0.5″
  • Weight: 200 lbs
  • Draft Eligibility: 2018
  • Nationality: American
  • High School: Great Valley High School (Pennsylvania)

Strengths

  • Outstanding size, length (7-foot-2 wingspan) and dynamic speed and agility athleticism package for a wing.
  • Not an elite explosive leaper but finishes above the rim off one or two feet with ease aided by his length.
  • Knows who he is as a player and plays within his lane at Villanova as a 3&D slasher and cutter.
  • Ultra efficient slasher and finisher. Has underrated touch with either hand on the move and can finish off either Has always been a high-level finisher in college.
  • Long-strider as a slasher getting to the rim quickly and can finish off one foot without gathering with plus body control even showing the footwork to navigate around bodies.
  • Has enough handle to attack in straight line situations comfortably.
  • Shows awareness of time and space as a cutter.
  • Shot mechanics are a little rigid at the top of his release but looks capable off the catch and shows the preparatory footwork to catch on the hop in rhythm.
  • Shows some vision flashes as a passer and is an unselfish ball-mover.
  • Quick, light on his feet, and long defensively and really competes on-ball. Plays at the point of attack regularly for Villanova.
  • Has the speed to track faster players running off floppy sets and the length to contest on the perimeter and erase mistakes.
  • Aware team defender off-ball and is already well versed with switching communication in Villanova’s scheme.

Weaknesses

  • Doesn’t offer much as a shot creator due to a lack of advanced handle and shiftiness with the ball. Not adept running pick-and-rolls.
  • One-dimensional spot up shooter right now with limited shot diversity. Lacks the mechanics and fluidity to shoot off movement or off the dribble.
  • Is the shooting real from NBA range? Likely not going to shoot off screens and is too raw on pull-up. Needs to be able to knock down a corner 3.
  • Can get a bit deer in the headlights when tasked with creation. Lacks scoring aggression and confidence.
  • More of a wiry build than a wider compactly built frame. Can he guard bigger-bodied NBA threes?

Bottom Line

Bridges profiles as a potentially elite 3&D wing role player at the next level, possessing in addition to a workable spot up 3 and plus defense sound cutting and finishing ability to pair with solid court awareness. Ideally placed next to high usage creators, Bridges can be a game-changing connecting piece. He’ll likely get a bigger playmaking role this year without Hart, and any on-ball creation improvements will only help his stock. But currently Bridges projects more safely as one of the high-level role players in this class.

— Cole Zwicker, 11.1.17

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