For the second straight offseason, guard Khristian Lander is in the transfer portal.
Lander broke the news on his social media accounts on Wednesday afternoon.
“First of all, I want to thank Hoosier Nation and fans for all of the support these last two years,” he wrote. “After talking with my family I have decided to enter the transfer portal. I will always have love for Hoosier Nation.”
He also addressed his teammates on Twitter:
Want to say to all my brothers that have been on this team last year and this year that I love y’all and we will always have a bond! ⚪️🔴🤍 wish all you you guys the best !
— Khristian Lander (@khristianlander) March 23, 2022
The 6-foot-2 sophomore guard played in 39 games over two seasons with Indiana and averaged 2.4 points in 9.7 minutes per contest.
The Evansville, Ind. product reclassified to join the IU program a year early in 2020. He was originally a 5-star prospect and the No. 11 overall player in the class of 2021 according to 247Sports.
Despite the ranking service accolades, Lander never materialized as a top-tier talent during his time at IU. He fell to third on the point guard depth chart as a sophomore and appeared in just 13 games, never able to carve-out a meaningful role.
Lander also put his name in the portal soon after the 2020-21 season following the firing of head coach Archie Miller but decided to stay and play for Mike Woodson. He will have three years of eligibility remaining at his next stop.
With Lander’s departure, Indiana is down to 15 scholarship players slated to be on the 2022-23 roster, including three signees in the class of 2022. They must get down to 13 in the coming months.
As of this writing, Indiana still has three point guards slated to be on the 2022-23 roster — Xavier Johnson, Rob Phinisee and Jalen Hood-Schifino.
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