Michigan State’s Max Christie on why he’s staying in NBA draft

Max Christie didn’t enter his freshman season at Michigan State basketball with the expectation that he would be a one-and-done. But after the Spartans’ loss to Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Christie realized he was ready.

The opportunity to prove himself in the NBA outweighed his desire to return to East Lansing and build on a promising, yet inconsistent inaugural season. Christie signed with an agent and forfeited his college eligibility on Monday† His hope is that a noteworthy showing in this week’s NBA draft combine, just miles from his hometown of Arlington Heights, Illinois, in addition to strong team interviews and individual workouts, will secure his place in the June 23 draft.

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Michigan State guard Max Christie passes against Wisconsin during the first half on Tuesday, Feb.  8, 2022, at the Breslin Center.

“I think it’s just betting on myself and being confident in myself and the preparation that I put into this game,” Christie told reporters at the combine on Thursday. “I think that’s all it really is, just having confidence in myself and knowing I feel like I’m ready for this level and am able to contribute.”

Christie, a 6-foot-6 wing, started all but one game for MSU last season and averaged of Michigan State’s regular season games as a freshman and averaged 9.3 points and 3.5 rebounds. The 2021 five-star recruit was a gifted shooter in high school, but his 3-point stroke wasn’t as reliable in college, shooting just 38.2% overall and 31.7% from the 3-point line.

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