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Villanova all-american to enter NBA draft, sign with agent

Columbia v Villanova

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 10: Mikal Bridges #25 of the Villanova Wildcats attempts a shot against Nate Hickman #22 and Mike Smith #12 of the Columbia Lions in the first half at the Wells Fargo Center on November 10, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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Villanova’s all-american wing Mikal Bridges is entering the NBA draft and will sign with an agent.

Bridges is a 6-foot-7 wing with a 7-foot-2 wingspan that made 43.5 percent of his threes while averaging 17.5 points as a redshirt junior. He is a prototypical 3-and-D wing, and could end up being a back-end top-ten pick in this year’s draft.

“I bring winning to your team,” he told ESPN. “I learned about that at Villanova, what is a winning, championship atmosphere and what you’ve got to do to achieve it. You have to always be locked in. Two championships in three years -- not a lot of people have done that.”

This decision will not catch Villanova by surprise. His potential as an NBA player has been known, and as a fourth-year junior, he’ll have completed his degree. Assuming Donte DiVincenzo makes the decision to return to school, Jay Wright’s club will be prepared for this.

What’s left now for Villanova is the decision of three more players: DiVincenzo, Jalen Brunson and Omari Spellman. Most expect Brunson to make the leap to the NBA and DiVincenzo to return to school for his junior season. Spellman is the wildcard.