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IU Basketball Recruiting: Hoosiers in Top Ten for 2020 Forward Jalen Bridges

Class of 2020 forward Jalen Bridges’ recruitment took off to another level this summer, including a late June offer from Indiana.

In the rankings, Bridges jumped more than 100 spots according to 247Sports, moving from a three-star prospect to No. 82 in the country.

Now it’s time to dial it all back — just a bit.

The 6-foot-7 West Virginia product announced his top ten schools on Monday afternoon.

Bridges is technically part of the class of 2019, but he is going to attend Scotland Campus prep school in Pennsylvania for the 2019-20 season, and he is being recruiting for the class of 2020.

Playing on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit for Wildcats Select this spring, Bridges averaged 16.5 points on 47.6% shooting overall and 27.4% from long range.  Bridges has added 2.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, .9 turnovers and .9 block per game.

During the 2018-19 season, Bridges averaged 22.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.9 steals per game at Fairmont Senior High School.  He led Fairmont to four straight appearances in the state championship game. As a senior, he was West Virginia’s state player of the year.

Based on a report by 247Sports, Bridges added 20 pounds over the last year, and with that has become an imposing presence on both ends of the floor.  That same service described him as “an impressive physical make up at 6-foot-6 and long arms. He’s solid athletically, shoots it well off the catch from long-range and can guard his position.”

Bridges is an AAU teammate of Zach Loveday, another IU class of 2020 recruiting target.

While a top ten list still leaves a lot of questions, Bridges had more than 30 scholarship offers.  Today’s update at the very least suggests that he is interested in further considering IU.

The next step to watch for will be the schools that Bridges elects to visit.  With only five official visits available, a more refined list should start to emerge soon.  Visits to Marquette and Miami have been mentioned in other reports, but Marquette did not appear on his list of ten schools.

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