Michigan State guard Miles Bridges out with ankle injury

Michigan State Spartans guard Miles Bridges (22) during the second half of the NCAA basketball game between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Michigan State Spartans in the Champions Classic on November 15, 2016, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)
(Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Michigan State Spartans freshman guard Miles Bridges will miss the next two weeks with an ankle injury, costing the Spartans one of their top young players for the early parts of December.

The specifics of the injury weren’t reported, but Bridges did play in the Spartans most recent game against Duke.

Bridges was ranked as the 12th recruit in the class of 2016, the third-best small forward and the best player in the state of West Virginia. He graded out as a five-star recruit with a 0.9961 composite score from 247Sports. He also ranked eighth in ESPN’s top 100. He had offers from the Indiana Hoosiers and Kentucky Wildcats before choosing the Spartans

The early payoff from the 6-foot-6 guard has been very good for the Spartans. Bridges has four 20-point games and has reached double figures in seven of his eight outings. He’s putting up 16.6 points per game along with 8.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

He’s put up those stats on impressive shooting efficiency, going 47.7 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from long-range. Overall, he’s been as good as advertised in the early going of his true freshman season.

The Spartans so far have had a difficult schedule on the season. They’ve lost to No.1 Kentucky, No. 2 Duke, No. 10 Arizona and No. 20 Baylor, putting them at 3-4 on the season. They will host five non-conference games, including one against Northwestern before conference play begins. They hope they’ll have a healthy Bridges back before that time.

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