Agents, Tom Izzo, Bridges' family and Michigan State NBA alumni were all the youngster advice to turn pro (according to The Vertical), but the rising sophomore decided there was unfinished business left in East Lansing.
The Big Ten hasn't won a college basketball national title since MSU in 2000.
"There's not a defense that is going to stop him, " Beilein said.
Bridges seemed different that day.
Without several key players from the 2015-16 season, Bridges helped Michigan State extend its NCAA tournament streak to 20 years and advance to the second round. He was either telling the truth or he was the Tom Hanks of hoops. "I want to thank God for this opportunity", Bridges said. I do like Bridges' overall patience and consistent form in shooting the ball in watching him during the latter parts of the college season and from various other clips. While Bridges would already be a mid-first round selection in all likelihood, he could push further into the lottery with a strong sophomore campaign. "With all of that being said, I am officially committing to Michigan State University". It's NOT about me. The Spartans are now tied with Kentucky for the best odds to win The Big Dance next season. "I love my teammates".
When a final decision might come remains up in the air, though Wojnarowski posted on Twitter that Bridges will finalize his decision after meeting with Izzo.
Izzo also continues to pursue three high-end recruits in five-star guard Brian Bowen and big man Brandon McCoy, who are both playing in this weekend's Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York, and four-star guard Mark Smith to round out the Spartans' 2017 class. It is likely the Spartans will climb in SN's rankings once most everyone has a firm roster, perhaps as high as No. 2. Forward Gavin Schilling will return after missing the season with an injury; it is possible transfer Ben Carter will play after missing the year due to injury, but he must be granted a sixth year by the NCAA.