Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers top option if 2021 target reclassifies?

One analyst believes that Indiana basketball could be the top option for a 2021 prospect if he reclassifies to the 2020 class.

The 2020 class for Archie Miller and the Indiana basketball program has seen little movement after its three commits signed their LOI a few months ago, and with the amount of unsigned prospects dwindling, there doesn’t seem to be new names that are intriguing.

However, this doesn’t mean that Miller is done with the class. Whether it be a graduate transfer, normal transfer, or a prospect reclassifying, I would fully expect there to be a fourth member of the 2020 class come the start of next season.

While most of the transfers on the market won’t start their ‘recruitment’ until near or after the end of the season, there are still a few names that are intriguing when it comes to the reclassifying route.

Two of the names are point guards Carter Whitt and Khristian Lander. Both are in the 2021 class,

currently, but have been rumored to be open to opting to reclassify to 2020. Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans believes both remain an option for the Hoosiers, but thinks that Lander could be that guy for Indiana if he does opt for 2020.

“Indiana definitely has its eyes on a point guard in the 2021 class, those being Khristian Lander and Carter Whitt. However, each could potentially reclassify into the 2020 class with Lander the likelier of the two to do so. Expect for IU to be a strong suitor for him if he does actually enroll this fall.”

With Indiana’s lack of a true ball handler and point guard in the 2020 recruiting class, Lander fits the mold perfectly. A high-impact player no matter when or where he enrolls in college, Lander would fit into Archie Miller’s offensive system of shifting towards always having two main ball handlers on the floor. At times this season, you can see the downfall in Indiana’s offensive efficiency when Rob Phinisee is off of the floor, leaving the ball handling duties to non-traditional point guards.

No matter what class, Miller and Indiana have made Lander a priority and made sure he knows that. Indiana was the first call Lander received when the class of 2021 was able to have direct phone contact with college coaches on June 15, per Corey Evans as well.

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Anthony Leal, Trey Galloway, and Jordan Geronimo currently make up Indiana’s 2020 recruiting class which ranks No. 29 in the country.

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