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Rolling Meadows' Max Christie on the verge of national breakout

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Rolling Meadows' Max Christie on the verge of national breakout

EMERSON, Ga. -- Rolling Meadows rising sophomore guard Max Christie is having a strong spring and summer on the grassroots circuit as he's emerged as one of the area's newest breakout stars.
 
At 6-foot-5 with an ability to play both on and off the ball, Christie is a versatile perimeter player who can be either a big point guard or a smooth wing. Even though he's only finished one year of high school, Christie already has earned some major college scholarship offers as Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Loyola, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin have all been involved. Playing up an age group with the Illinois Wolves U16 team, Christie is starting to generate a lot of buzz among college coaches and national scouts.
 
"I think I've played well. I've been growing. I have a huge target on my back. So I'm just confident and humble and playing my game," Christie said. "College coaches are coming in everywhere, but I'm just playing my game and not worrying about them. I'm just having fun."
 
Christie is coming off of a positive freshman season at Rolling Meadows in which he had some big games as a freshman while playing on varsity. Although Christie is still very skinny and trying to add strength, he has started to adjust to opponents trying to play physical against him. As he starts to get older, Christie is adjusting to how certain opponents will handle him.
 
"On the court, it's physical. So I have to get used to that. I have encouraging teammates so that's good for me. But everybody is double-teaming me and face-guarding me, so I just have to use screens and everything," Christie said.
 
"I've been in the weight room working. The strength is there. I'm always using it against other teams. I just have to get used to it. I feel like [the physicality] is not as much of a factor as I get stronger."
 
Christie will be one of the marked men in the area this season as he'll draw a lot of attention at Rolling Meadows. He has the potential to be an all-area player. With multiple high-major scholarship offers and national recruiting profiles, Christie is just trying to maintain his focus on staying a versatile player. Playing both on and off the ball, Christie is trying to improve the consistency on his perimeter jumper while also trying to grow his basketball IQ.
 
"Both of them are fine. Off the ball, I like to set screens and get teammates open. I like to get open. On the ball, I like to create, passes, all that stuff," Christie said. "So I'm just trying to make plays, get my teammates open, set better screens."
 
"Leadership is something I need to work on, so it's something I need to accept for this season. So, since I've built this reputation, I'm trying to be more of a leader and encourage. Just being a better teammate."
 
Christie averaged 18 points, eight rebounds and 2.9 assists per game as a freshman at Rolling Meadows, as he has the ability to put up monster numbers as a sophomore. Underclass players don't typically compete for awards in the Chicagoland area, but Christie is a potentially special talent at the high school level as he attempts to ascend into a national-level recruit. 

IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

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AP

IHSA Preps Boys Basketball AP Poll

Here are the boys prep basketball polls with rank, team, first-place votes, record and total points.

Class 4A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Curie (5) 25-2 50 1
2. Chicago Heights (Bloom Twp.) 26-6 45 2
3.  Harvey Thornton 28-1 40 3
4.  Simeon 22-8 35 4
5. Homewood-Flossmoor 23-3 29 7
6. Collinsville 26-4 20 6
7. Whitney-Young 18-9 16 9
8.  Evanston 25-4 15 5
9.  O'Fallon 23-6 8 8
10.

Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights)

22-7

7

10

Others receiving votes: Bolingbrook  6. Joliet West 2. Stevenson 1. Loyola 1.

Class 3A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Niles Notre Dame (2) 26-4 65 T1
2. Peoria Notre Dame (4) 26-1 64 T1
3. Morgan Park (1) 20-8 55 3
4. Bogan 25-3 47 4
5. (tie) Galesburg 27-4 47 6
6. Lincoln 28-2 31 8
7.  Kankakee 23-4 24 9
8.  (tie) Oak Forest 25-2 24 5
9. DePaul College Prep 22-5

 

13

7

10

10.  

Rock Island 20-8

6


Others receiving votes: East St. Louis 4. Rockford Boylan 2. Carbondale 1. Centralia  1. Geneseo 1

Class 2A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Orr (7) 17-7 77 1
2.  Normal University 24-7 66 3
3. (tie) Breese Mater Dei (1) 25-5 64 2
4. Pinckyneyville 27-3 61 4
5.  Kewanee 27-4 50 6
6. Fairfield 27-4 37 7
7. Rockridge 25-5

23

8

8.  Pleasant Plains 27-4 19 5
9. Nashville 25-6 14 9
10. Bismark-Henning 30-0 12 10

Others receiving votes: Riverton 10. Crane 3. Dunbar 2. Corliss 1. Sterling Newman 1

Class 1A

No. Team W-L Pts Prv
1. Indian Creek (4) 30-0 66 1
2. Roanoke Benson (1) 30-1 56 3
3.  Winchester-West Central (1) 28-3 49 4
4.  Moweaqua Central A&M (1) 26-3 48 2
5. Effingham St. Anthony 26-3 46 5
6. Yorkville Christian 22-10 36 7
7.  Payson Seymour 27-2 35 6
8. Goreville 27-2 17 8
9.  Leo 30-2 17 T9
10.

East Dubuque

(tie)Woodlawn

25-6

28-3

6

6

T9

NR

Others receiving votes: Aurora Christian 3. Jacksonville Routt 1

VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

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NBC Sports Chicago

VOTE: Wintrust Viewers' Choice Game of the Week

Who wants it more?             

NBC Sports Chicago and Wintrust present our “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week.” We are putting High School Lites, Chicagoland’s top prep sports show, in the hands of passionate high school basketball followers. Fans will get the chance to pick one girls basketball game that the @NBCSPreps crew will cover on Thursday night. We will send our cameras to the game that gets the most votes; highlights and postgame reaction of that game will appear on Friday night’s “High School Lites” broadcast at 11:00 p.m. The show also live streams at www.nbcsportschicago.com/watchlive and appears in the MyTeams app.  High School Lites will also have broadcast replays at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. the following Saturday on NBC Sports Chicago.

This week, the IHSA 3A girls basketball playoffs kick off. Teams begin their quest to reach Redbird Arena. We will attend one of the following 3A regional championships Thursday night:

Little Village 3A Sectional Final, 7:00 p.m.

Teams: Simeon, St. Ignatius, Kenwood and Riverside-Brookfield

Crystal Lake South 3A Sectional Final, 7:00 p.m.

Teams: Grayslake Central, Deerfield, St. Viator and Resurrection

Hampshire 3A Sectional Final, 7:00 p.m.

Teams: Sycamore, Burlington Central, Montini and Boylan Catholic

To participate, our fans are encouraged to do the following:

**Follow our NBC Sports Chicago preps Twitter page: @NBCSPreps.

**Note the pinned tweet that is atop the feed.

**Vote for the game you want NBC Sports Chicago to cover Thursday night.

**Spread the word!

The poll will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. Monday. We will make an announcement with the official results on @NBCSPreps just after 3 p.m. Thursday. And as a reminder, be sure to follow @NBCSPreps for updates on the “Viewers’ Choice Game of the Week,” along with other high school sports news, scores and highlights, all season long.