Former West Virginia forward Jalen Bridges announced on Wednesday morning that he is committing to Baylor. Bridges entered the transfer portal in March after the conclusion of the season.
Bridges made the announcement on Twitter.
— jb (@jalenbridgess) April 20, 2022
Bridges, a Fairmont, WV native, spent three years at WVU, playing in two seasons and 61 games. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 8.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.7 blocks through 33 games this past season. Bridges helped the Mountaineers solidify their new lineup in the middle of the season as they earned a 3-seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
The former Mountaineer will fit right into the culture of Baylor basketball. Tall, athletic players that can get to the rim and get up there for a rebound. Bridges is a 6-foot-7 player that plays like a true forward. He can rebound well for his size and can get a block here and there. Offensively, Bridges was a catch-and-shoot player, but could take it to the rim if the space was available. Bridges showed signs of inconsistency at WVU, but when he was rolling, the team benefited greatly because of it. If Bridges can develop a consistent offensive performance, Baylor won’t have to worry about relying on anybody to carry the load.
“Great catch and shoot guy, underrated rebounder. Needs to get in better shape, and play with a purpose. Tends to float, and let the game come to him. To get to the next level he needs to develop a nasty/bulldog mentality,” an anonymous coach told Jeff Goodman.
Bridges will have three years of eligibility remaining and will return to play against West Virginia a couple of times.
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