Indiana Basketball: How Khristian Lander fits on Hoosiers’ roster

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Khristian Lander’s Fit In 2021

If Lander ends up coming to IU in 2021, then all it really changes is that Justin Smith and Al Durham are no longer in the equation.

Lander would likely be surrounded by more shooters in a more modern style offense, however. Rob Phinisee, Anthony Leal, Trey Galloway, Jerome Hunter, and Jordan Geronimo are all possible companions for Lander in the shooting guard, small forward, and power forward spot if the Hoosiers go small-ball.

In two seasons though, it remains to be seen if Trayce Jackson-Davis will still be on the team by then, or if he will make the jump to the NBA after his sophomore season, losing talent in the frontcourt.

The biggest question with Lander is how he mixes with Rob Phinisee, regardless of what class he chooses. Archie Miller may be willing to play them both at the same time, but he also may face a choice of having to put either an experienced, solid point guard or an uber-talented youngster on the bench.

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Time will tell how the strategy unfolds, but the sooner IU can get Lander on campus, the better. He will instantly add athleticism, scoring ability, and overall talent to a lagging Hoosier backcourt.