Massive Big Ten recruiting news broke last night, with 2021 5 Star guard Khristian Lander committing to Indiana. The 6-1 guard out of Evansville chose to commit to in-state Indiana over the likes of Louisville, Michigan, and Memphis. Lander is not only ranked #11 in the class but also the #1 point guard and the top-ranked player in Indiana per 247 Sports. He is also Indiana’s fourth highest-ranked commit all time, only behind Eric Gordon, Romeo Langford, and Noah Vonleh. Lander is the Hoosier’s first 2021 commitment, although there is word Lander may re-classify. Lander stated on Tuesday “I’m thinking about going 2020 very strongly, but I’m not for sure yet”.
What Khristian Lander Will Bring to IU
Khristian Lander has been described as an explosive guard, who is dangerous attacking the rim and going off the dribble. Scouts have also praised his strong playmaking ability which will fill a huge need for Indiana. His court vision is amongst the best in class and his ability to make smart and difficult passes is impressive. Lander’s ball-handling ability and ball security are amongst the best in the class. Lander can also score from anywhere, but his outside shot will need some work. Lander is all-around a strong point guard who will fill a huge need for the Hoosier’s regardless of when he steps on campus.
This is a huge commitment for Archie Miller and IU. Since being hired in 2017, Miller has made it a point to bring the best Indiana recruits to the state school and has been having some major success. Miller has brought in a total of eight players from Indiana, including the likes of Romeo Langford and Trayce Jackson-Davis. Although Miller is still looking to make the NCAA tournament, he has been following through with his promise to bring in Indiana’s finest homegrown players.
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