Ben Johnson gets the first player in his 2023 recruiting class and it is a very good one.
A rangy shooting guard who can get to the paint is also the younger brother of Michigan State’s Max Christie.
Let’s get to know him a little more.
Currently rated as a 4-star prospect and the 247.com composite has him as the 143rd overall prospect, the 26th best SG and the #2 player in Illinois.
Christie has great size, he is a versatile player but his shooting range is what will need to be improved upon. Here is a little breakdown of his game in the Under Armour Association.
His best individual offense comes in the mid-range area with his pull-up, and he knows how to get to it using his dribble, various fakes, and good footwork. He is a smart player who generally knows how to play, handles and passes well, and can even facilitate from various spots on the floor in the half-court.
He was an Illinois Class 4A honorable mention All-State player this past season.
Christie led his Rolling Meadows team to a 28-6 record in Illinois Class 4A before falling in the section semi-final game. He had 5 seniors on that team and will certainly bear more of the load in the 2022-23 season before he comes to Minnesota.
The Gopher staff had been out and watching Christie heavily over the last couple months, he was clearly a recruiting priority. Landing this big guard is exactly what they wanted to land to get the 2023 class started.
Another big man and most certainly a point guard are the top priorities for what is currently 3 available scholarships.
For further information, this Chicago Sun Times article is definitely worth a read.