Report: Bridges 'leaning heavily' toward return to MSU

Associated Press • Apr 13, 2017 at 12:47 AM

While Michigan State prepares to put the final touches on its recruiting class, it's starting to look like the most important piece to next season's roster might be ready to make a decision.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Miles Bridges has canceled agent meetings and is "leaning heavily toward returning for (his) sophomore year."

There was nothing official coming from Michigan State on Wednesday, but the possibility of Bridges, the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year, returning for another season has been far from a pipe dream for Michigan State fans.

Bridges said after Michigan State's loss to Kansas in the NCAA Tournament that he would take his time and consult with his mother and coach Tom Izzo before deciding. Since then, he hasn't said much. He has been seen with teammates at the high school boys state championships at the Breslin Center, and joined his fellow Spartans earlier that week when they showed up to watch incoming freshman Xavier Tillman play in the state playoffs.

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. The deadline to submit his name for the NBA Draft is April 23. If he declares and does not hire an agent, Bridges would have until May 24 to withdraw and return to Michigan State. If he hires an agent, he would give up his final three seasons of eligibility.

Bridges is currently ranked No. 10 overall by ESPN's Chad Ford, who has Bridges being selected No. 12 overall in his latest mock draft.

The Flint native averaged 16.9 points and 8.3 rebounds as a freshman for the Spartans.

3-star linebacker commits to MSU

On Wednesday afternoon, Michigan State coach talked about the success the Spartans have had recruiting the state of Ohio.

By Wednesday evening, Michigan State had landed another from the Buckeye State as three-star linebacker Edward Warinner announced he had committed to the Spartans.

"Thank you to all my coaches and teammates that have helped me become the football player I am today," Warinner posted on social media. "Most importantly I'd like to thank my family for everything they have provided for me and for shaping me into the person I am. With all of that being said, I am officially committing to Michigan State University."

The 6-foot-1 222-pound Warinner was second-team All-State at Olentangy Liberty High near the campus of Ohio State. His father, Ed Warinner, is a longtime assistant coach who spent the last five seasons at Ohio State as offensive coordinator before leaving for Minnesota. He coached linebackers and secondary at Michigan State in 1985-86.

Edward Warinner becomes the fifth member of the 2018 class, joining defensive back Christian Jackson (Marietta, Georgia), quarterback Theo Day (Dearborn Divine Child), and tight end Trenton Gillison and defensive back Xavier Henderson of Pickering, Ohio.

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