Chris Iseman talks to Mikal Bridges‘ high school coach, Jim Nolan, in tracking Bridges’ progression from a lanky high school kid vying for playing time to a potential lottery pick.
But before [Mikal Bridges] was a star, he was just a player at Great Valley earning his playing time. Bridges had to buy into Great Valley’s system, which included three priorities: Learn to defend, play hard, share the basketball.
“We’re going to get after you,” said Nolan, who has since stepped down from his head coaching role. “Some of those things can be tough for any kid, including Mikal, to sort of make that adjustment at a younger age. But he stuck with it, he was coachable. And he was talented.”