Credit - Jon Lopez / Nike

IU Basketball Official Visit Primer: Class of 2021 Point Guard Khristian Lander

Perhaps the most important recruiting weekend on the Indiana basketball calendar will find perhaps the most important recruit on IU’s list of targets on campus.

Hoosier head coach Archie Miller made his emphasis on in-state recruiting clear from day one, and so far he has in large part delivered, landing the state’s last two Mr. Basketball award winners and a total of eight Indiana based players in his first three classes thus far.

Despite his early success in the Hoosier State, Miller may ultimately be judged by how well he recruits in-state in the class of 2021.

11 of the top 205 class of 2021 players in the latest 247Sports rankings hail from the Hoosier state, and the headliner of the group is Evansville based point guard Khristian Lander.

Lander is the top point guard in the country among incoming juniors according to some recruiting services.  His performance during the spring and summer playing up a year on the Adidas circuit alongside current IU 2020 verbal commits Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway helped to cement that lofty status.

The Daily Hoosier is able to confirm previous reports by multiple outlets that Lander is attending this weekend’s Hoosier Hysteria event in conjunction with a junior year official visit to IU.  He will be joined in Bloomington by both Leal and Galloway.

Lander also announced his arrival in Bloomington via Twitter on Friday.

ESSENTIALS

Status —  OFFERED (September 2018)

Hometown – Evansville, IN (F.J. Reitz)
Position – Point Guard
Height – 6-foot-3
Weight – 175
AAU – Indiana Elite U17 (Adidas Gauntlet)
247 Sports Composite Rating – 5-star (No. 12 overall / No. 1 point guard nationally)
Primary Competition – Michigan and Louisville, several others involved including Kansas and Kentucky.

Photo: Mike Schumann / The Daily Hoosier

Timeline — Just an incoming junior, Lander’s recruitment is still in the relatively early stages.  We would not expect a verbal commitment until the summer of 2020 at the earliest.  One important variable to watch is the extent to which other blue blood programs get involved.  Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky tend to more seriously enter recruitments relatively late in the process and alter the landscape.

Indiana Connections — The IU coaching staff has made Lander a clear priority for a long time and have seemingly put themselves in as good of a position as could be hoped for at this point.  With Bloomington and Evansville separated by an easy less than two hour drive, there have been plenty of visits in both directions over the last couple years.

Numbers — Playing high school basketball for F.J. Reitz in Evansville, Lander averaged 22 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game last season as a sophomore.  He shot 53% from the field overall including 37% from behind the three point line.

During AAU play with Indiana Elite on the Adidas Gauntlet this spring and summer, Lander averaged 11.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 17 games.  He shot 50.4% from the floor and 36.2% from three while playing a year up.

RECRUITING SERVICE ASSESSMENTS

“There are quick guards and then there is Khristian Lander.  Lander looks the part of one of the top guard prospects in the 2021 class. His quickness, playmaking ability and willingness to create first for others stand out immediately.”

— Corey Evans, Rivals

“Lander has good size, excellent athleticism, and then he was really making shots. He is one of the fastest players in the country with the ball, and now that his shot is coming along, Lander looks nearly impossible to defend. Add in that he continues to grow, and there is a lot to like about his long term future.”

— Brian Snow, 247Sports

QUOTABLE

“I have been looking forward to this for a while,” said Lander of his upcoming Indiana official visit. “It is always good to get there and spend time with the coaches and players, and it should be a great atmosphere.”

— Khristian Lander via 247Sports

“The way things are looking right now, it looks like he is going to be a guy that is ready to play right off the bat. So that’s going to be a factor in deciding what school he’s going to go to, seeing whose already on the roster, seeing what kind of moves they’re trying to make, seeing who is being recruited at the same position.”

— Keith Lander via The Daily Hoosier

“I feel like I’ve gotten a lot stronger, gotten my handle a lot better, and I feel like the thing I need to work on is just getting my shot more consistent.”

— Khristian Lander via The Indy Star

RECENT PROFILES/INTERVIEW

RECENT VIDEO


ALL KHRISTIAN LANDER CONTENT FROM THE DAILY HOOSIER

IU basketball: Mike Woodson believes Khristian Lander has solid foundation to build from

In many ways Khristian Lander has gone from a prized 5-star recruit to the forgotten man at Indiana. Or young ...
Read More

Indiana’s roster is complete, for now, and here’s how it looks position by position

The initial whirlwind is over, and a little over three weeks after the hiring of Mike Woodson as head coach, ...
Read More

Khristian Lander sees obvious fit in Mike Woodson’s offense

Khristian Lander apparently didn't make it easy on Mike Woodson, at least not to start with anyway. After the year ...
Read More

Khristian Lander pulls out of the transfer portal, is staying with Indiana

Indiana freshman point guard Khristian Lander is staying with Indiana, he announced on Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-2 point guard put ...
Read More

Lander’s father says he’s keeping option to return open, still glad he reclassified

Khristian Lander decided the day after Archie Miller was fired that he would do this, and on Friday morning he ...
Read More

Indiana freshman guard Khristian Lander the latest to enter name in the transfer portal

Indiana freshman guard Khristian Lander is the latest member of the Indiana basketball team to put his name in the ...
Read More

Archie Miller is frustrated by IU’s poor starts, but not looking to make a lineup change

Each of Archie Miller's press conferences and sessions of public comment over the past week have focused on Indiana's poor ...
Read More

Watch: Q&A with Archie Miller and Khristian Lander prior to Northwestern road trip

Indiana head coach Archie Miller met with the media on Tuesday afternoon to preview a Wednesday road trip to Northwestern ...
Read More

Archie Miller has only had freshmen available on bench, and he’s growing more comfortable with them

By Dustin Dopirak -- Indiana’s four freshmen missed nine of the 16 shots and eight of the 12 3-point shots ...
Read More

In Blowout Win over Tennessee Tech, Indiana’s Freshmen Prove They Belong

When Indiana made its 2020 recruiting class official, many were skeptical about how the group would contribute in the short ...
Read More

IU basketball: Archie Miller on what he is seeing and likes about his four freshmen

Each year the season opener gives us the much anticipated first look at the latest Indiana basketball freshman class. Indiana's ...
Read More

Indiana basketball 2020-21 player previews: Khristian Lander

The 2020-21 Indiana University men's basketball season is right around the corner.  To help get you ready, The Daily Hoosier ...
Read More

IU basketball: Why Khristian Lander’s early summer arrival in Bloomington is important

Every day that Khristian Lander is in Bloomington this summer is a good day for Indiana's 2020-21 basketball season. While ...
Read More

IU basketball: Archie Miller knew watching Khristian Lander — ‘He’s ready right now’

It is difficult to successfully run IU basketball head coach Archie Miller's preferred offensive attack without the right personnel. But ...
Read More

IU basketball video: Watch Khristian Lander’s junior season highlight reel

As you have no doubt heard, former Evansville Reitz High School point guard Khristian Lander has reclassified and will join ...
Read More

IU Basketball: Five ways Indiana will be better in 2020-21 with Khristian Lander on the roster

In a spring devoid of sports news, the IU basketball program got a shot in the arm this week with ...
Read More

Hoosier Sounds: New IU Basketball Signee Khristian Lander on Sports Rush

The latest member of the Indiana basketball class of 2020 was on the radio on Monday afternoon. Listen to 5-star ...
Read More

IU Basketball: Archie Miller Comments on Khristian Lander Joining the Program in 2020

As reported by The Daily Hoosier on Monday morning, Evansville, Ind. five-star point guard Khristian Lander has officially reclassified into ...
Read More

IU Basketball: Khristian Lander’s Reclassification to the Class of 2020 is Official

The most significant open question on Indiana's roster for the 2020-21 season has been answered. According to sources, Khristian Lander ...
Read More

IU Basketball Recruiting: 2020/21 Commit Khristian Lander Junior Highlights

Below are junior season highlights for IU class of 2020/21 verbal commit Khristian Lander.  The 6-foot-2 point guard announced his ...
Read More