Mikal Bridges is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Bridges played his high school basketball in Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania. In his junior year, he averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game. As a senior, He posted averages of 18.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.6 steals per game and was named First Team All-Class AAAA.
Bridges decided to play his college basketball for the Villanova Wildcats. In his freshman year, he averaged 6.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. The Wildcats won the NCAA championship for the first time since 1985. Bridges played a crucial role coming off the bench and scoring 11 points in a Final Four rout of the Oklahoma Sooners.
In his sophomore year, Bridges began to be considered as a lanky forward who could score while playing excellent defense on the other end and often guarding the other team’s best player. For the season, he averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting 54 percent from the field and 39 percent of three-point tries. Bridges was also third in the conference in steals with 1.9 per game. At the end of the season, he was one of three Big East defensive player of the year honorees.
In his junior year, Bridges scored a career-high 28 points along with six boards and two blocks in an 88-72 victory over Gonzaga. He tied his career-high 28 points in a title game and was named MVP of the Big East Tournament as the Wildcats defeated Providence in a 76-66 overtime. For the season, Bridges averaged 17.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on 51 percent shooting from the field and 43.5 percent from beyond the arc and was named All-Big East first team. Bridges was drafted as the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and was instantly traded to the Phoenix Suns.