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Former 5-star recruit Khristian Lander to stay with IU men's basketball

<p>Freshman guard Khristian Lander dribbles the ball up the court on Feb. 7 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Lander announced Monday that he will withdraw from the transfer portal to remain at IU.</p>

Freshman guard Khristian Lander dribbles the ball up the court on Feb. 7 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Lander announced Monday that he will withdraw from the transfer portal to remain at IU.

Freshman point guard Khristian Lander announced Monday on Twitter that he will withdraw from the transfer portal and stay at IU. 

“After much thought with coach Woodson and my family, I feel it is in my best interest to continue my basketball and academic career with Indiana University,” Lander said on Twitter.

The former five-star recruit reclassified at the end of last year to enroll at IU early and be able to play for the team this past season. According to 247Sports, Lander was the No. 27 recruit in the country and the top-ranked recruit in the state of Indiana for the 2020 recruiting class.

In his first season in Bloomington, Lander averaged 2.1 points and 1.2 assists while averaging just 10.1 minutes per game. 

Lander is the second player to withdraw from the transfer portal since IU hired head coach Mike Woodson. 

“I want to be one of the reasons Indiana basketball gets back to being great again,” Lander wrote. “I’m putting my trust into my team, coach Woodson, and the staff he is assembling.”

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