Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. Meet With Media Before NBA Draft

NEW YORK –  Michigan State sophomore men’s basketball player Miles Bridges and freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. participated in activities in and around Manhattan on Wednesday as part of Media Day before the 2018 NBA Draft.

The NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 21 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  Live coverage will begin airing at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

On Wednesday, the Spartans were whisked from appointment to appointment – media training, social media training, a cap fitting and photo shoot, followed by a sit-down media session and then individual interviews with NBATV, ESPN and Sirius/XM Radio.

In the afternoon, all of the players invited to the draft participated in the NBA Cares Clinic at Chelsea Piers on the west side of Manhattan.

For Bridges and Jackson, the lead up to the draft has been a busy process, but they are looking forward to hearing their name called on Thursday night and starting their professional careers.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Bridges said.  “Once my name is called, of course, it really will.  I’m not sure I can put the feeling in words.  I’ve been dreaming about this day since I could dream.  Hearing my name being called will be emotional.”

“It’s surreal really,” Jackson said.  “You can’t compare it to anything because you’ve never done it before.  You take it all in.  You kind of get giddy about it at times, but you’ve also got to understand and embrace it.  And know that the real work is after that.”

Eighteen Spartans have been selected in the NBA Draft under Head Coach Tom Izzo, including 17 since the 2000 NBA Draft. Ten of the draftees have been picked in the first round, including pairs in 2000 (Mateen Cleaves, Morris Peterson), 2001 (Jason Richardson, Zach Randolph), 2006 (Shannon Brown, Maurice Ager), 2014 (Adreian Payne, Gary Harris) and 2016 (Denzel Valentine, Deyonta Davis). All-time, Michigan State has had 61 players selected in the NBA Draft including 20 in the first round. Earvin Johnson and Greg Kelser were the first Spartan first-round duo when they were selected in 1979.

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