Indiana has landed the commitment of the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2021, Evansville-native Khristian Lander.
This announcement was a surprise as not many expected a commitment from the highly-recruited point guard this early in the recruitment process. Also, most projections had him going to either Michigan or Louisville.
Currently, the 6’1″ sophomore guard is ranked as the top in-state recruit in the 2021 class, the No. 1 PG in the nation and is ranked 11th nationally according to 247Sports composite ranking.
The point guard has been recognized for his ability to finish around the rim and his general speed and agility. Both have been main focal points for his training. Indiana Elite coach Cardell McFarland has been one of the main trainers for Khristian Lander and he has built a great relationship with Archie Miller.
He is currently contemplating re-classifying to the Class of 2020, more details will be surfacing as time progresses on whether he is able to reclassify and join Indiana this upcoming Fall.
Indiana has been recruiting Lander hard since he emerged as a star within the state of Indiana. He visited Indiana this last weekend in the victory over No. 9 Penn State and it is unknown how much this impacted his decision to stay at Indiana, but it likely helped.
This announcement is the second 5-star recruit Indiana has acquired under head coach Archie Miller with Romeo Langford being the other two years back. Also, this will likely be the fourth class in a row that Indiana has gathered the commitment of the top in-state player within Indiana. Coach Miller and Tom Ostrom have been putting a lot of work into getting the commitment of the top in-state prospect and it has paid off.
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Next Steps for Indiana
The next steps in the recruitment process is unknown for Indiana as we do not know where Lander will lie – either the class of 2021 or reclassifying to 2020.
If he stays in 2021, it will surely be a big boost for their recruitment process for that year and will draw much more star power to build around Lander, Trayce Jackson-Davis, and others.
If he reclassifies, the class of 2020 will get a big boost, but will lead to a saturation in guards on the team with Leal, Galloway and Lander all fighting to be in the backcourt. The obvious frontrunners will be Lander and Al Durham providing a mix of seniority and raw talent to the backcourt.