We see that you have javascript disabled. Please enable javascript and refresh the page to continue reading local news. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact the customer support team at 1-833-248-7801.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Gophers get ‘coup’ with commitment of Illinois guard Cam Christie

Christie had offers from Michigan State, Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, Iowa, among many others, but he picked the Gophers, in part, due to their early interest.

4089225+minnesota-gophers.jpg
We are part of The Trust Project.

ST. PAUL -- The University of Minnesota men’s basketball program made a big splash with the commitment of Illinois guard Cam Christie on Friday.

Christie, a 6-foot-5, 165-pound guard from Rolling Meadows, Ill., had a slew of Big Ten scholarship offers, but picked Minnesota. With Kadyn Betts reclassifying to the 2022 class, Christie is the first pledge for the university in 2023.

Christie is the younger brother of Max Christie, the former five-star Michigan State guard who the Los Angeles Lakers selected 35th in the NBA draft in June.

“Paving my own path,” Christie tweeted Friday.

Christie had offers from Michigan State, Illinois, Ohio State, Purdue, Iowa, among many others, but he picked the Gophers, in part, due to their early interest.

ADVERTISEMENT

MORE MINNESOTA GOPHERS COVERAGE:
There are plenty of twists and turns coming over the next eight weeks. But there is no doubt Minnesota’s inability to run the ball against the Boilermakers and the mistakes the Gophers made in all phases will serve as a big opportunity lost.
Ibrahim suited up for pregame warmups but was unable to play in the game
It was easy to diagnose what happened to No. 21 Minnesota in a 20-10 loss to Purdue on Saturday
Minnesota suffers 1st loss of the season in its homecoming game
Ibrahim is the school's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns
Minnesota leads the all-time series, winning 8 of the last 9 matchups
Minnesota hosts Purdue on Saturday for its homecoming game
A look at Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska's upcoming contests. A glimpse at the rest of the Big Ten. And a few games that might fly under the radar from around college football in the latest edition of the web-only Bouncing around the Big Ten.
As Striggow’s own athletic career blossomed — he won the 2019 Class 2A state wrestling championship at 220 pounds — the high school junior thought he likely would follow in his brothers’ footsteps and become a college wrestler.
Minnesota finished 13-17 overall and 4-16 in Big Ten play last year. They started 10-1, but finished 3-16 in the league.

“They showed, above all else, a lot of love and a genuine belief in me,” Christie explained to the Chicago Sun-Times. “They were in the mix super early. And their entire staff was part of it.”

Joe Henricksen, who runs the City/Suburban Hoops Report in Chicago, said Christie’s commitment is a “coup” for head coach Ben Johnson.

“It goes a long way to show the capability of Ben Johnson and staff to go into the state of Illinois and get the No. 1 player in a talent-rich state,” Henricksen said.

Henricksen said Christie, who just turned 17, can play point guard or shooting guard. He described Christie as a very good shooter from 3-point range and one that can create his own shot off the dribble while also being unselfish. Christie’s wingspan is bigger than his height, and he has athleticism to be a quality defender in college, Henricksen said.

______________________________________________________

This story was written by one of our partner news agencies. Forum Communications Company uses content from agencies such as Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Tribune News Service and others to provide a wider range of news to our readers. Learn more about the news services FCC uses here.

What to read next
The expected opponents are Wisconsin and Army. UND has not played Army since 1966.
The Fighting Hawks junior forward made a convincing case to stay in the lineup during Saturday's exhibition game against Manitoba.
The Fighting Hawks will face a run-heavy opponent in Youngstown State, a program entering the matchup with questions at quarterback.
Week 5 provided some surprise in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.