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Tuesday / February 21.

Mikal Bridges to Villanova

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Mikal Bridges, the Rivals No. 99 prospect in the Class of 2014, is headed to Villanova.

Bridges is a 6-foot-6 small forward from Malvern (Pa.) Great Valley.

“As soon as I met Jay Wright and as soon as I met the coaches I knew I was going to like it,” Bridges told CoBL by phone Tuesday evening. “I knew I was definitely going to come here. It’s a great school.”

Florida and Virginia Tech also offered, and Temple, La Salle and St. Joseph’s were in the mix, CoBL reported.
“I think it’s a great fit for him both socially and athletically,” Team Final coach Rob Brown told

“Mikal as a player has only scratched the surface of his talent. Once he believes he’s as good as I believe  he is, it could be scary. This season has been his first true test of high level competition, and he’s been very good at times. But he can be great.”

Bridges is Villanova’s first 2014 commit.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.