Mikal Bridges skipping senior year at Villanova: declares for 2018 NBA draft

Mikal Bridges, a two-time national champion at Villanova, offers tremendous value in the middle of the lottery with his ability to defend, slash to the basket, and consistently shoot the three.

Kahron Spearman

On ESPN's new morning show "Get Up," Villanova junior All-American forward Mikal Bridges revealed that he would bypass his final year of eligibility and enter the 2018 NBA draft. 


Bridges tabbed a consensus lottery selection and considered an elite two-way prospect, won the 2018 Julius Erving Award winner as the top small forward at the annual College Basketball Awards.

The Philadelphia native, who is the prototypical multi-positional prospect at 6-foot-7 with a 7-foot-2 wingspan, can defend multiple positions. He has the ability to drive into the lane and shoot threes which could make him an even better professional than a collegiate player. Which means there's a likelihood a team in the back half of the top ten could be getting the value of a top-three selection.


"There's space in the NBA on the floor, and there's this move toward position-less basketball that I fit into," Bridges told ESPN. "I can shoot the ball. I can defend. I can move without the ball. I'm progressing in my game, getting better through work every day."

I bring winning to your team. I learned about that at Villanova, what is a winning, championship atmosphere and what you've got to do to achieve it. You have to always be locked in. Two championships in three yearsnot a lot of people have done that.

Mikal Bridges: Forward, Villanova Wildcats