Indiana basketball continues to further establish their recruiting presence in the class of 2021 with a new offer to five-star, 6-foot-6 shooting guard Max Christie (Rolling Meadows, Illinois). Christie is currently ranked 9th overall in the 2021 class according to the 247Sports Composite and he is the second overall ranked shooting guard.
The competition for Max Christie’s services will be tough to say the least. The 6-foot-6 guard has a long list of offers, most recently adding Michigan, Virginia, Villanova, and Michigan State to his list. Other offers of note include Purdue, Iowa, Ohio State, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Despite not having an offer from Duke, the Blue Devils have the single Crystal Ball prediction from 247Sports national analyst Brian Snow. You can expect to Duke to closely watch Christie and offer – if they like what they see – on their timeline.
The signs for the class of 2021 so far have been positive for the Hoosiers, and it seems like Indiana is in good shape with a number of talented players, specifically ones from the state of Indiana. Christie adds another interesting shooting guard option, but the road ahead will be very competitive for the highly recruited shooting guard. The Hoosiers have also offered the only shooting guard ranked higher than Max Christie: Terrance Clark from Boston.
You can see the full 2021 recruiting board here.
Max Christie’s Recruiting Profile
At 6-foot-6 and only 165 pounds, Christie has a lot of room to fill out, but his height makes him a very promising prospect, considering that he is going to be an upcoming junior in high school. Indiana’s Romeo Langford had a similar build at around the same age. As he grows, he will need to focus on adding more strength to his lanky build.
Part of his package at the moment includes his ability to shoot over many players at his age-level. His sheer height and wingspan create incredibly difficult situations for defenders to contest. Adding to his effectiveness, Christie has a very consistent and quick shooting form that enables him to properly square up. Specifically, he pulls up from the side of his body, where he is already dribbling the ball. In turn he has a smooth “1-motion” shot after he squares up with the ball at waist level. He can score multi-dimensionally at the rim, in the mid-range, and behind the arc.
In terms of ball handling, Max Christie is solid overall with a bit of right-hand dominance that is very common at his level. He can drive left, but it is clear that is not his preferred side of the ship.
He generally is controlled with the ball in his hands, but at the next level he may need to tighten his dribbling against tougher defensive competition. He has an explosive first-step if he can go right,and the length of his strides make him an effective penetrator. With two full strides, he can get from behind the arc to a comfortable shooting position (for him) on the floor.
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