3 months ago

When Michigan State basketball landed Ypsi Prep Academy guard Emoni Bates on June 29, head coach Tom Izzo secured the highest-rated recruit of his tenure. Naturally, bringing in a five-star recruit like Bates will produce great publicity and buzz for the MSU basketball program. But Bates, the Gatorade national player of the year, could bring a lot more to the table.

Source: Detroit Free Press

3 months ago

Christie is grouped in with some elite company, and Izzo doesn’t necessarily need him to be a five-star to develop him; Izzo has notably and consistently developed four-year guys into top-tier college basketball players. Christie is a synonym for rare, especially in terms of Izzo’s recruits. He is the fifth highest ranked recruit in Izzo’s illustrious 20-year career.

Source: The State News

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4 months ago

In the span of a week, Michigan State landed two of the most dynamic perimeter players in the country, regardless of class, in Emoni Bates and Max Christie. Still, as it stands, Spartan fans would have to wait a year to see the tandem do damage together; Christie is in the 2021 class and Bates is the top player in 2022, though sources tell Sports Illustrated that he will likely move to 2021, a scenario Christie is hoping for.

Source: Sports Illustrated

4 months ago

I’ll never forget the phone call when I told Coach (Tom) Izzo; I will cherish that phone call forever. I told him about two weeks ago and when I did I could definitely feel and imagine his smile through the phone. He was just really excited! I felt so good after making that call. I was really happy with my decision; I know I made the right decision for me.

Source: Sports Illustrated

4 months ago

With the landing of 2021’s No. 1 shooting guard in the form of five-star, Chicago-bred, Max Christie and the college basketball-altering decision of National Gatorade Player of the Year and highest touted high school prospect since LeBron James, Emoni Bates, in just the matter of a nine-day span, the Spartan’s first commit for their potential 2021 dynasty may have slipped some people’s minds.

Source: The State News

4 months ago

With the recent addition of Max Christie to pair alongside Pierre Brooks on the wing, MSU has bulwarked the thinning depth at the SG/SF position for the 2021-22 season. All focus now shifts to the most crucial position of need, the point guard spot.

Source: Spartan Hoops

4 months ago

In this episode, new Michigan State commit Max Christie joins me & Justin Thind (from Rivals’ Spartan Mag) to discuss his commitment to Michigan State. Hear about how long MSU was his leader, what he thought of his official visit, who else he’s trying to recruit with him to MSU, and much more.

4 months ago

With all the words that you are about to read in the next couple of minutes, please remember one thing: We are talking about a 16-year-old athlete here. Not your everyday 16-year-old, I‘ll give you that. We are talking about a teenager who was named the best high school player in the entire nation, a kid who was on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 15 years of age and a young man that some people consider one of the best prospects the sport has ever seen.

Source: The Only Colors

4 months ago

Wil and Matt react (professionally) to five-star shooting guard Max Christie committing to Michigan State. They break down the scholarship situation and some of Christie’s game. Then Matt talks with Christie’s high school coach, Kevin Katovich to learn more about what MSU is getting in their newest recruit.

4 months ago

4 months ago

After sparingly receiving five-star commitments over the past decade in comparison to other top tier programs (total of five since 2011 prior to Bates), Michigan State on Tuesday landed their second five-star commit in just eight days. Max Christie has now joined Pierre Brooks in the 2021 class to make up a lethal wing combination of shot-making and athleticism that has rarely graced MSU’s roster simultaneously.

Source: Spartan Hoops

4 months ago

Max Christie knew where he wanted to go. It happened to be the one place he took an official visit — the place where he felt wanted and needed. “I just kind of felt like I was at home at Michigan State and that I could pursue my dreams there,” the five-star prospect told the Free Press on Tuesday, shortly after announcing he would join Tom Izzo’s 2021 recruiting class.

Source: Detroit Free Press

4 months ago

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4 months ago

You might not find a person on earth who’s loving the year 2020 thus far. But Michigan State basketball fans are already enjoying the heck out of 2021. Or at least its possibilities. Max Christie, among the nation’s top shooting guard recruits for 2021, announced Tuesday afternoon that he’ll play at MSU, perhaps with Emoni Bates, the nation’s top recruit, period, who committed to the Spartans last week

Source: Detroit Free Press

4 months ago

Make it two five-star commitments in two weeks for Michigan State basketball. Elite senior shooting guard Max Christie of Rolling Meadows (Illinois) announced his commitment to the Spartans on Tuesday. The No. 13 overall senior prospect on the 247Sports Composite rankings, Christie joins four-star guard Pierre Brooks II in MSU’s 2021 recruiting class. “It felt like the perfect fit for me,” Christie told 247Sports. “Michigan State is a place I want to be and a place where I feel I can be the best version of myself.”

Source: Spartan Tailgate

4 months ago

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4 months ago

Bates is a transcended talent whose presence alone automatically would make Michigan State a national championship favorite for the 2022-2023 season (or 2021-2022 season if he reclassifies). So, of course, Michigan State Spartans supporters are ecstatic about what this means for the future of the program.

Source: The Only Colors

4 months ago

Michigan State landed a cornerstone prospect this week in Emoni Bates — a player Tom Izzo can build a team around to make a run at an NCAA title. Now comes the task of planning the pieces around the top-ranked prospect in the country to give him and the Spartans the best chance to succeed.

Source: mlive.com

4 months ago

In this emergency pod, Dan re-welcomes everyone back to Breslin Banter. This isn’t how he wanted to reintroduce the pod, but when EMONI BATES commits to Michigan State, you’ve gotta make some adjustments. Here he also introduces his new co-host, David Klein, and they go in-depth on what to expect from the new brand, Spartan Hoops.

4 months ago

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