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Michigan State freshmen Max Christie and Pierre Brooks II earn Gatorade Player of the Year

MSU’s 2021 class is looking better by the day

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One Gatorade Player of the Year sounds nice.


On Friday two-thirds of Michigan State basketball’s 2021 class earned their respective state’s Gatorade Player of the Year honors with Pierre Brooks winning Michigan’s and Max Christie winning in the state of Illinois.

Christie led Rolling Meadows to a perfect 15-0 record this season with his 24 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. The five-star shooting guard also tacked on 3.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game as well.

Christie is the first Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year to be heading to East Lansing since Shannon Brown did so in 2003.

Brooks went on a tear all season for Frederick Douglass en route to the Hurricanes’ Division 4 state championship, boasting 33.1 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. According to the Gatorade website, Brooks also averaged 2.1 steals per game (not the absurd 9.2 steals per game the website originally had posted).

Brooks will be the fifth Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year to be heading to Michigan State in the last decade, joining Foster Loyer (2018), Cassius Winston (2016), Deyonta Davis (2015) and Matt Costello (2012 and 2011).