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Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:00 pm

IUBB targets, Fort Wayne products high on 2021 list

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

The high school class of 2020 is a bit of a down year for big-time college prospects from Indiana. Anthony Leal, a Hoosiers target, is the only Indiana native among the national top 100, according to 247sports.com (though I would argue Culver's Trey Galloway is far better than the No. 179 that he is ranked).

The following year, 2021, is a different story, however. 24/7 released its newest 2021 rankings this week and Indiana has three recruits ranked among the top 36 in the nation, all three of which have shown significant interest in Indiana and one of whom is a Fort Wayne native. 

The first of those three is 6-foot-1 point guard Khristian Lander from Evansville Reitz, arguably Indiana's top target in the class. Lander is the No. 17 player in the country and the best point guard. He already has offers from Indiana and Purdue, but has also drawn interest from a host of other schools, including Kansas and Louisville. Landing Lander alone would probably be enough to make 2021 a solid class for Indiana, but the Hoosiers aren't planning on stopping there.

The No. 2 player in the state is 6-8 Silver Creek forward Trey Kaufman, who rose to No. 31 nationally in 24/7's newest rankings. Kaufman also has offers from Indiana and Purdue and is reportedly considering Xavier, as well. He's risen close to 40 spots since the recruiting website first began ranking 2021 players, a result of his strong performance on the AAU circuit. He's a perimeter-oriented big man, which means he would pair well with ...

... the No. 3 player in the state, 6-8 Fort Wayne native Caleb Furst. Furst, who helped lead Blackhawk Christian to a state championship as a sophomore, has been playing up with the 2020 Indy Heat this summer and is currently at the Peach Jam in South Carolina, a tournament for elite AAU teams, where Indy Heat won a game today by 50 points. He's ranked No. 36 nationally, per 247's latest rankings. Furst is also capable of stepping outside, but he is most comfortable on the interior, where he can use his strength. He's an important target for Indiana and Purdue, but also has offers from all over the Big Ten.

That is the big three in Indiana in 2021 and the Hoosiers and Boilermakers are following them closely. Those aren't the only players capable of drawing big-time offers, however. Among (for now) the next tier of talent is 6-5 Homestead guard Luke Goode, who is No. 108 nationally and No. 5 in the state, per 24/7. Goode also has offers from four Big Ten schools already and Indiana and Purdue are likely to follow at some point. If he has a big season with the Spartans, he could also ascend to that tier of elite national prospects. 

The Indiana Class of 2021 is loaded with talent and fans in the state will have the privilege of watching them on high school courts for another two seasons. 

dsinn@jg.net