EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – There’s a big question surrounding high school hoops around the Tri-State. Where will Reitz junior, Khristian Lander go?

That’s the big question multiple big time college basketball programs want to know.

The Panther guard is one of the hottest recruits in the nation. Michael Gilbert went one on one with Lander to find out how he is handling all the national attention.


Khristian lander turns heads with his explosive play. The Reitz guard is considered one of the best high school Prospects for the class of 2021.

“I’ve always wanted to be the top of my class, or in the top period but i know thought it would come that soon. I continue to keep working and
Be at the highest spot i am now.”

Colleges have taken notice. Universities like Kansas, Michigan, Louisville and Indiana have reached out to the junior. And those are just some of the big name programs.

“Honestly, i did not think i was going to get those type of looks this early into my basketball career so i was extremely shocked. pressure got to me a little at first when i started getting the schools, but i just feel like they are regular people too, i just play my game.”

Lander says his game has improved this year and he has noticed the differences.

“My IQ has gotten a lot better, with my coaches showing me what to do , it’s came a long way.”

Now, the 17 year old is aiming for bigger goals.

“I just feel like as long as i keep doing what i am doing, i feel like everything will come into place. I feel like if i can make it out, the farthest anybody has made it out of Evansvillle, that’s my goal.

And as of now — no timeline or regional preference on where he plays next.

“I honestly don’t have a clue, just to be honest with you, i’m just trying to let things pass through, get through this season, and see how this season goes.”

Reporting from Evansville, Michael Gilbert, Eyewitness News.

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(This story was originally published on February 12, 2020)