Duke basketball dream class: Five 2021 recruits who’d gel devilishly well

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Scouting Report. Max Christie. player. Pick Analysis. Five-star. No. 14 ranking. SG. 434

Rolling Meadows (Ill.) junior Max Christie hails from the suburbs of Chicago, a breeding ground for Blue Devils during Mike Krzyzewski’s 40-year tenure. Working in Duke’s favor in this recruitment is the fact that Jon Scheyer, one such former Chicago-area recruit who is now the associate head coach, is spearheading the program’s hunt for the 6-foot-6, 175-pound sharpshooter.

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One reason that may be significant is that Scheyer has been among the nation’s top five recruiters in every cycle since 2018, per 247Sports, and ranks No. 1 for the 2020 class. Another reason is that Christie’s refined game, wiry frame, and advanced intellect bring to mind Scheyer from his playing days.

He’s well-spoken. His shooting mechanics are squeaky clean. His handles are on par with a point guard. Sure, Christie’s hops and strength won’t wow spectators, but his decision-making, positive persona, and ability to get buckets should.

Though Christie speaks highly of the coaching staff in Durham, he has neither named finalists nor planned any official visits and has even confirmed that he’s in no hurry at all to make up his mind on a college.

“We’re in a good spot,” Christie said about the Duke basketball coaches to Prep Hoops Illinois insider Scott Burgess in December. “Talking with Coach Scheyer and Coach K, obviously it’s a relationship we can have. Obviously, it’s an open option. My recruitment is open…I’m staying in contact with everybody…

“I do not plan on committing anytime soon.”