Reitz super sophomore Khristian Lander keeps soaring


Reitz guard Khristian Lander is turning into quite the sensation on the hardwood in southern Indiana. He’s the number one ranked point guard in the class of 2021. Reitz head coach, Michael Adams, explains he has a lot of talent.

“He just has an unbelivable confidence and I think he should, he’s an unbelivable athlete and he’s really skilled.”

The 16 year old Panther is receiving offers from Indiana, Purdue, Ohio State and Kansas too. Lander explains how he much he appreciates that.

“It was a really great feeling. I didn’t think I was going to get an offer from a college this early, so I was super excited.”

With so much hype surround him and his basketball game, his family coaches and teammates have helped him take it all in stride.

“They push me every day, they tell me to do my best and keep working like I have been. 

His coach agrees that Lander has taken everything well.

“With all the attention, I think he’s just true to who he is. It’s something that means a lot to him. He’s put in a lot of individual time in and he knows for this to happen, he’s going to have to continue to progress and continue to get better.” 

The young athlete grew immensley in the past year. Going from scoring double digits as a freshman to averaging roughly 25 points per game and leading Reitz in steals and assists. His development has sky rocketed says Michael Adams.

“It’s really been off the charts, started for us last year, averaged around 14 points a game, so he had a great freshman year for us. A year does make a big difference. Physically, I think he got a lot bigger physically. I think with his AAU season, it just blew up.”

Lander believes in keeping things simple.

“Just staying in the gym, not going to parties and stuff like that, just being productive as far as my school and sports.”

Another unique thing to his story, Lander, doesn’t even have his drivers license. Lander says it’s pretty comical.

“Multiple people have said, they say you are super young, and you don’t have your license, yet still getting these college looks, so it’s pretty fun.”

Reporting from Reitz High School, Michael Gilbert, Eyewitness News

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(This story was originally published on January 16, 2019)

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