Khristian Lander is a basketball player from Evansville, Ind. who plays for Indiana University. Lander played for FJ Reitz High School in Evansville and was ranked one of the top point guards of the 2020 recruiting class.
- Name: Khristian Lander
- Position: Point Guard
- Recruiting Class: 2020
- Age: 1
- Birthday: August 9, 2002
- Hometown: Evansville, Indiana
- High School: FJ Reitz High School
- Height: 6’2″ (1.88 m)
- Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
- Jersey: #4
Khristian Lander’s Seasons with the Hoosiers
12-15 (7-12 Big Ten)
0-0 (0-0 Big Ten)
Khristian Lander’s High School Career and Recruiting
Lander starred for FJ Reitz High School in Evansville, Indiana. He averaged 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game as a junior. At Reitz, Lander was named second team All-State, first-team All-Southern Indiana Athletic Conference, and an Indiana Junior All-Star in route to leading the Panthers to a Sectional title. After his junior season, Lander decided to reclassify and graduate a year early. He finished high school with 1314 points.
Additionally, Lander played for AAU team Indiana Elite under coach Mark Fox. During his time with Indiana Elite, Lander played with future Indiana Hoosier teammates Trey Galloway and Anthony Leal.
Lander was considered one of the very best prospects in the entire 2020 recruiting class (even after moving up and reclassifying from the 2021 class). According to 247Sports Composite rankings, Lander was the 27th best overall prospect in the 2020 class, the 6th-ranked point guard prospect in the class, and the number one overall recruit in the state of Indiana.
Lander reportedly had 15 offers, including offers from: Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Louisville, Ohio State, Memphis, Tennessee, Purdue, and Texas Tech. He officially announced his commitment to Indiana on February 25, 2020. Lander openly spoke out about his preference to reclassify from the 2021 class to the 2020 class. On May 18, he officially reclassified, giving the Hoosiers the 13th ranked recruiting class of 2020.
On deciding to reclassify, Lander expressed his desire to play with Trayce Jackson-Davis. He believed Jackson-Davis likely would leave for the NBA after the 2020-21 season and, therefore, his only chance to play with him was by reclassifying. Lander stated he believed the two of them could “dominate” the Big Ten.
The lefty five-star point guard also noted that he believes that he and Jackson-Davis could be extremely dangerous by utilizing pick-and-rolls. Lander said he had been working on NBA- style pick-and-rolls since seventh grade and believes that Jackson-Davis will also thrive running more pick-and-rolls.