From a college star player with two national championship titles to a first-round pick in the 2018 NBA, Mikal Bridges could not have hoped for a smoother transition in his basketball career. The little striker/shooting guard was selected in the first round and was ranked 10th in the overall selection by the Philadelphia 76ers before switching to the Phoenix Suns. Here you will find all the facts you need to know about Bridges’ career, family, and love life.
Mikal Bridges Bio (Age)
Mikal Bridges was born on August 30, 1996, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Already as a child, he fell in love with the basketball game. Although Mikal was raised by a single mother, his father was also part of his childhood. Mr. Bridges helped develop his son’s confidence in his talent by taking him to court in his home town to play against tougher competitors. His mother was not left out in his training process. Tyneeha Rivers had Mikal do 10 pushups every time he missed a free throw.
By his second year at Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Mikal had grown into a better player. He had an incredible high school career and was ranked 82nd best player in the country by ESPNU.
Mikal Bridges signed up at Villanova University in June 2013 and began his college career in 2015, and would come to lead the team to two NCAA Championship titles in 2016 and 2018. He was awarded the Julius Erving Prize in 2018 and was named MVP of the Big East Tournament.
Family – Mom and Brother
Tyneeha Rivers, the mother of the Mikal bridges, received a great deal of media attention in the weeks leading up to the 2018 NBA draft. The attention had everything to do with the fact that she has an NBA-related job. Rivers is Vice President of Human Resources for Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment. The HR company counts the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA among its clients.
Rivers was thrilled to learn that her son had been selected by the 76ers, but moments later Mikal was to be sold to the Suns. If anything, the deal made it clear that Rivers had no influence on the 76ers’ decision to select her son. She told the New York Post in an interview that she remained in her mother’s zone throughout the preliminary drafting process.
Mikal’s mother endured many trials on the road to professional success and was the proud mother of an NBA star. She got Mikal when she was just 19 years old as a sophomore in college. Not deterred by her pregnancy, Rivers kept up with college and had to get a day job in a mailroom so she could take care of her son while attending evening classes.
In her interview with Bleacher Report, Rivers stated how often she wanted to “break down” in those moments. However, she was determined to work hard so that her son would not be confronted with the kind of life she had when she grew up in the ghettos of downtown Philadelphia. After graduating from college, she went on to earn a master’s degree in human resources.
Mikal Bridges and his mother have a very close relationship. Bridges have preserved for years the ritual of sending her an SMS before every game. He has paid tribute to his mother for his work ethic, which has been crucial to his career. Mikal has the interpersonal ability to screen people, an HR skill he learned from his mother. This ability helped him and his mother to choose Villanova College.
Mikal Bridges has a younger brother named Korey Bridges who plays basketball on the school team for Constitution High School in Philadelphia. He has an older brother named Eric Bridges and another younger brother named Jack Bridges. Korey is the youngest.
Who’s His Girlfriend?
Mikal Bridges is in a relationship with Grainger Rosati. Since 2018 she was a sophomore student at Mikals Alma Mater, Villanova. It seems that the two started dating in college. Maybe it is their love for sports that brought them together because Grainger Rosati is also an athlete. She plays for the national lacrosse team. Mikal has scattered photos of her on his Instagram page where he doesn’t hesitate to confess his love to her.
Height and Other Facts
1. Mikal stands at a height of 2.01 m (6 feet 7 inches)
2. He weighs 95 kg (209 lb)
3. His wingspan is 7 feet 1 inch, a physical characteristic he inherited from his mother. His mother Rivers revealed this in her interview with the New York Post.
4. Many college soccer fans have wondered if Mikal is related to Miles Bridges, but they are not. Although they share the same last name, they come from different families. Miles is from Flint, Michigan.