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Former Gophers guard Cam Christie gets an invite to the NBA draft combine

Former Gophers guard Cam Christie will officially get the chance to test his NBA draft stock.

Christie was one of 78 players invited to the NBA Draft Combine, which will take place in Chicago from May 12 to 19, the league announced Friday. Christie, a native of Arlington Heights, Ill., is one of seven Big Ten players invited to the combine, including Zach Edey (Purdue), Coleman Hawkins (Illinois), Payton Sandfort (Iowa), Terrance Shannon Jr. (Illinois) and Kel ‘el Ware (Indiana).

Christie was a standout freshman for the Gophers last season and quickly showed why he was a four-star top-100 prospect in the 2023 recruiting class. Christie averaged 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists for a Gophers team that improved dramatically from a season ago.

Christie was the Gophers’ second-leading scorer and played in 33 games last season, including 26 starts. He averaged the third-most minutes per game on the team: 30.1.

Christie initially announced his intention to enter the NBA draft process shortly after the Gophers’ season ended. This left the door open for a return to the U if he was not selected in the draft, but that door appeared to be completely closed when he also entered the transfer portal on Wednesday.