In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Khristian Lander commits to Indiana
• When will Lander arrive in Bloomington?
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Cameron Drummond and Khristian Lander will be a Hoosier.
The news arrived late Tuesday night through social media, but once it became widely known that Class of 2021 Evansville Reitz point guard Khristian Lander announced his commitment to Indiana, it was cause for celebration for Hoosier fans.
Lander is rated the No. 11 player in the Class of 2021, according to the 247Composite, but he may arrive in Bloomington sooner than that.
Jon Blau of The Herald-Times in Bloomington reported Tuesday night, after a conversation with Lander, that it’s still up in the air whether Lander stays in the Class of 2021 or reclassifies to the Class of 2020. Lander told Blau he would prefer to be a part of the 2020 class with Anthony Leal, Trey Galloway and Jordan Geronimo.
Regardless of when Lander does arrive in Bloomington, the Hoosiers are getting a special player.
He chose Archie Miller’s program over Michigan, Louisville and Memphis in his final four, and had plenty of other scholarship offers ranging from Kansas to Florida.
He was inside Assembly Hall last Sunday for Indiana’s home win over then-No. 9 Penn State, and he took in the game courtside with his AAU teammate Leal. Lander also played AAU ball with Trey Galloway.
Lander also took a junior year official visit last fall to Bloomington with the duo and his commitment makes him the third top-30 player from Indiana to commit to the Hoosiers under Archie Miller, as he joins Romeo Langford and Trayce Jackson-Davis in this regard.
Lander is also the eighth in-state player to choose Indiana with Miller as the program’s head coach. The other seven are Langford, Jackson-Davis, Rob Phinisee, Damezi Anderson, Armaan Franklin and Leal and Galloway.
Looking into the future, Indiana officially has one scholarship spot still open for the 2020-21 season, although Miller has said the Hoosiers have two spots open, inferring that a current member of the team may transfer this offseason.
It’s not crazy to think Lander could reclassify to 2020 and Indiana could also add a grad transfer or an overseas player this offseason.
For now though, it’s important to give Miller credit for following through with his in-state recruiting promise and landing another talented prospect in Lander.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in, your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.