At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and underrated, and today’s edition will highlight Tavis Bridges of Winston-Salem Christian.
We’ve seen Bridges numerous times over the years, including at their open gym, where Patrick O’Brien stated, “Bridges is another veteran for Coach Lowe that understands the system and what the coaches expect from him. He plays a tremendous role, as he can be plugged in and bring positive minutes. He is active down in the paint, uses his length to finish at the rim, rebounds, and can block shots. Bridges just brings another big body for Coach Lowe to throw at teams and one that has experience in the system.” Which was later followed by this excerpt from Colby Lewis, “6’7 2021 Tavis Bridges is another player who will provide valuable experience and depth in the post. The long, athletic post utilizes his quickness in the post to attack bigger, stronger defenders. He has exceptional touch and skill around the basket, and can also step out and make the midrange shot with consistency.”
Both guys brought accurate assessments to the table, as Bridges has been exactly what they previously described. He’s an unselfish, high-motor big man that consistently showcases a willingness to do whatever possible to provide his team with an edge. Bridges finishes around the basket, fights for rebounds, and constantly involves himself within the action as a screener. He moves well for his size and runs the floor hard in transition. Bridges already has a slew of offers, so it’ll be interesting to see where he ultimately decides to further his playing career.