Indiana Basketball: 3 early storylines for 2020-21 season

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1. Will Khristian Lander reclassify and how impactful will he be?

I think this is the biggest storyline surrounding the Indiana basketball program and will be until he makes a decision.

It has been nearly a month since Khristian Lander committed to Archie Miller and the Hoosiers and ever since, the rumors have been swirling about a possible reclassification. Recently, Lander addressed that issue making it known that if it works, he will join the 2020 class.

With the recruiting freeze in the college basketball world and high schools being out of session, it will be interesting to see if he can even make that jump to 2020, regardless of if he wants to.

If he doesn’t, or can’t, the Hoosiers will roll out the same starting backcourt as last year and have roughly the same rotation, with the addition of Trey Galloway and Anthony Leal. If he does join the roster for next season, however, Indiana’s rotation will change greatly.

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The nation’s top overall point guard in the 2021 class is a do-it-all guard who can score, create for others and defend. While Khristian Lander will not be a 30 minute per game starter from day one, he would bring Indiana another notable ball handler and effective playmaker, something the Hoosiers lacked all of last season.

Reasonable expectations would be playing around 15-20 minutes a game and showcasing the potential he has. With his skillset, however, he can easily move the needle in terms of game flow and help the Hoosiers win a couple of extra games than they would have if he wasn’t on the floor.