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Sunday / December 17.
  • Villanova’s Mikal Bridges Dunks on Gonzaga’s Jacob Larsen en Route to Career-High

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    NEW YORK –– Villanova’s Mikal Bridges had a career-high 28 points and 6 rebounds as the No. 4 Wildcats notched their best win of the season, 88-72 over No. 12 Gonzaga, in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

    Two of those points came off this monster dunk over Gonzaga big man Jacob Larsen.

    “Just being aggressive,” Bridges said of the dunk. “Offensively, I just saw a lane and try to go up and be strong. Ever since my freshman I lay the ball up a lot and my coaches get on me for that. So I’m just trying to make a play.”

    Projected as the No. 12 pick to the Charlotte Hornets by ESPN.com, Bridges put on a show in front of a number of NBA scouts.

    “He knows it’s his turn, and he’s ready for it,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

    Asked if  he’s aware of the NBA personnel in the building, Bridges said, “Not at all. When I’m out there I just play for my teammates and coaches, that’s it. We don’t care who’s out in the crowd. We play for each other.”

    Phil Booth added 20 points and Jalen Brunson had 12 points and 3 assists for Villanova (9-0).

    Wright said he thinks Bridges could turn into a National Player of the Year candidate the way Josh Hart was last season before getting drafted at No. 30 by the Lakers.

    “I’d really like for that to happen for Mikal,” he said, “that’d be nice.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. 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.