From a college star player with two national championship titles to a first round pick in the NBA 2018 draft, Mikal Bridges couldn’t have hoped for a smoother transition in his basketball career. The small forward/shooting guard was selected in the first round, 10th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to the Phoenix Suns. Here are all the facts you need to know about Bridges’ career, his family, and his romantic life.
Mikal Bridges Bio (Age)
Mikal Bridges was born on the 30th of August 1996, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He fell in love with the game of basketball as a kid. Though Mikal was raised by a single mom, his father was also part of his childhood. Mr. Bridges helped develop his son’s confidence in his talent by taking him to courts in his locale to play against tougher competitors. His mom wasn’t left out in his training process. Tyneeha Rivers would make Mikal do 10 pushups anytime he missed a free throw.
By his sophomore year in Great Valley High School in Malvern, Pennsylvania, Mikal had grown into a better player. He had an incredible high school career and was ranked by ESPNU as the 82nd best player in the country.
Mikal Bridges committed to Villanova University in June 2013 and began his college career in 2015. He would come to lead the side to two NCAA championship titles in 2016 and 2018. He was the recipient of the 2018 Julius Erving Award and was named the Big East Tournament MVP.
Family – Mom and Brother
Mikal Bridges’ mom Tyneeha Rivers received a lot of media attention in the weeks that led to the 2018 NBA Draft. The attention had everything to do with the fact that she has an NBA-related job. Rivers is the Vice President of Human Resources for Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment. The HR company has among its clientele the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.
Rivers was elated after she learned that her son had been selected by the 76ers, however, moments later, Mikal would be traded to the Suns. If anything, the trade made it evident that Rivers had no hand in influencing the 76ers decision about selecting her son. She told the New York Post in an interview that she remained in her mom zone throughout the pre-draft process.
Mikal’s mom endured many trials en route career success and being a proud mother of an NBA star. She had Mikal when she was just 19 years old, as a sophomore student in college. Undeterred by her pregnancy, Rivers kept up with college and had to get a day job in a mail room so she could cater for her son while attending evening classes.
In her interview with Bleacher Report, Rivers detailed how many times in those moments she wanted to “collapse”. However, she was determined to work hard so her son won’t have to face the kind of life she did while she grew up in the ghettos of inner-city Philly. After graduating from college, she went ahead and got a masters in human resources.
Mikal Bridges and his mom maintain a very close relationship. Bridges for years have kept a ritual of texting her before every game. He has credited his mom for his work ethic which has been pivotal in his career. Mikal has the interpersonal skill of vetting people, an HR competence he learned from his mom. This skill came in handy in helping him and his mom decide for college at Villanova.
Mikal Bridges has a younger brother named Korey Bridges who plays varsity basketball for the Constitution High School in Philadelphia. He has an older brother named Eric Bridges as well as another younger brother named Jack Bridges. Korey is the youngest.
Who’s His Girlfriend?
Mikal Bridges is in a relationship with Grainger Rosati. As of 2018, she was a sophomore at Mikal’s alma mater, Villanova. It appears the two began dating in college. Perhaps it is their love for sports that brought them together, Grainger Rosati is also an athlete. She plays for the varsity lacrosse team. Mikal has photos of her scattered around his Instagram page where he doesn’t shy away from professing his love for her.
Height and Other Facts
1. Mikal stands at a height of 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m).
2. He weighs 209 lb (95 kg).
3. His wingspan measures 7 feet 1 inch, a physical feature he inherited from his mom. His mom Rivers revealed this in her interview with the New York Post.
4. Many college football fans have wondered if Mikal is related to Miles Bridges, but they are not. Though sharing the same surname, they hail from different families. Miles hails from Flint, Michigan.