Late last week, Indiana fans got some exciting news as elite 2021 prospect Khristian Lander announced that he would be committing to the Indiana Hoosiers. This is certainly exciting news for Archie Miller and his staff.
I want to say thank you to all of the coaches that have ever recruited me and that have taken the time out their day to do so. This was a long thought out decision but I’ve decided on the college I will be attending .....STAYING HOME ⚪️ GO HOOSIERS pic.twitter.com/P0HgzBqUJg— Khristian Lander (@khristianlander) February 26, 2020
Lander comes out of Evansville, Indiana and is widely regarded as one of the best players in the state and the country for the 2021 recruiting class. In fact, 247Sports rates him as a five-star, the 9th best player in the cycle, and the top player in the state. He is currently listed as 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds by the recruiting site. Along with Indiana, he had offers from Illinois, Florida, Louisville, and Michigan among others.
It’s probably not surprising to hear in light of his recruiting rankings, but Lander has a diverse and deep set of tools on the court. He’s a solid shooter that can hit from deep, he can convert in the lane, and is particularly dangerous in transition. Additionally, Lander has experience in converting off ball screens and is a real problem for defenses there. His shooting will likely be his biggest asset in Bloomington.
With Devonte Green leaving this offseason and Aljami Durham following thereafter, Indiana’s going to have a clear void in the backcourt. Fans will hope Lander and Rob Phinisee can become one of the Big Ten’s better guard pairings. We’ll have to wait and see how everything else comes together, but for now, Indiana has a top five recruiting class in 2021 and just got a major boost for years to come.