Harris, Bridges Ranked Among CBS Top 101 Players

Eron Harris and Miles Bridges were ranked in CBS Sports’ annual Top 101 players in college basketball list this year.

Bridges came in at No. 26 in the nation and was the fourth-highest ranked player in the Big Ten, behind Maryland’s Melo Trimble (14), Indiana’s Thomas Bryant (17) and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes (19).

Here’s what Matt Norlander had to say about the freshman:

“Bridges’ talent and power is fantastic. He’ll get thrown into the fire right away, but I don’t see him failing. You can see how much we value this freshman class given how many incoming players we’ve put in our top 27. Bridges will have a chance to put up numbers that match any other freshman in the nation.”

Harris came later in the list at No. 49. Here’s what Gary Parrish had to say about the senior:

“Harris averaged 9.3 points last season, which makes him Michigan State’s leading returning scorer. Remember, the 6-3 guard averaged 17.2 points three seasons ago at West Virginia. So he’s capable of scoring big and probably will now that Denzel Valentine and Bryn Forbes are in the NBA.”

Analysis

Bridges’ spot seems to be pretty accurate. He clearly has some of the biggest upside of any player in the nation, but has yet to prove anything. Harris seems to be a bit underrated right now. Maybe it’s because of the diminished role he had in the offense last year. Harris will have the opportunity to become one of the most lethal scorers in the Big Ten this year and will almost certainly move up the list come March.

I’m a little surprised freshman Josh Langford was left off the list. He was another highly-touted prospect that could have played anywhere in the country and has a game similar to Kobe Bryant. He could turn some heads this year with his deadly midrange game.

Originally posted: http://impact89fm.org/sports/harris-bridges-ranked-among-cbs-top-101-players/

Author: Blake Froling

I am currently the Sports Director at ESPN UP in Marquette, Michigan, where I host a daily sports talk show called The SportsPen. I am also the play-by-play voice for Westwood High School football and boys and girls basketball. I graduated from Michigan State University in December 2016 with a degree in journalism.

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