Just a little over a week removed from landing the verbal commitment of five-star recruit Emoni Bates, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2022 and one of the best prospects in all of high school basketball circles, Michigan State stayed hot on the recruiting trail by landing the commitment of another five-star recruit Tuesday in shooting guard Max Christie.
Christie is the No. 1-ranked player at his position in the Class of 2021 and the 13th-ranked overall player in the class, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He chose the Spartans over Virginia, Villanova, Purdue and Ohio State.
“My relationship with Coach Izzo was great, and it just felt like it was a place where I was needed and a place where I wanted to go to,” he said in an interview with FOX where he announced his commitment. “When I took my official visit there at the beginning of the year, it was just that gut feeling that I felt it was right for me. I think Coach Izzo, his staff and all my teammates there can push me to be the person I want to be on and off the court.”
Christie’s commitment lifts the Spartans to No. 4 in the 247Sports Composite rankings in the 2021 class and elevates the expectations up a notch for Izzo’s program. In addition to his imminent arrival in 2021 as well as the arrival of Detroit native Pierre Brooks, Bates could potentially reclassify from 2022 to 2021, pushing up the potential timeline to start his professional clock.
That’s yet to be determined — and may not be settled until after Bates’ junior season — but Tuesday’s big recruiting win to land Christie marks Izzo’s second in a span of nine days as momentum continues to roll through East Lansing. According to 247Sports’ Composite rankings, he’s the fifth-highest ranked player to ever commit to Sparty, behind only Bates, Shannon Brown, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges.