Romeo Langford staying humble amidst the hype

  • 10/29/2015 8:53 am in

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – After a breakout freshman season, a ranking from national scouts and invitations to many top events across the country this summer, it would be easy for New Albany’s Romeo Langford to believe he’s arrived.

The class of 2018 guard averaged 17.6 points and 5.8 rebounds for Jim Shannon and the Bulldogs last season. He already owns five scholarship offers and interest from plenty of high major programs.

But Langford, ranked the No. 39 prospect nationally in his class by the 247Composite, isn’t caught up in all the hype.

“I think he’s been very humble. Certainly than most kids his age,” Shannon told Inside the Hall at a recent open gym. “Really at this age, there aren’t that many kids getting this much exposure. There are some, but there’s not a bunch.”

The 6-foot-4 Langford will again be the centerpiece this season for New Albany, which finished last season 23-3 and fell just short of knocking off Evansville Reitz in the Class 4A regional.

Entering his second high school season, Shannon is looking not only for growth in Langford’s numbers, but also in his leadership on the floor.

“I think this year, he’ll want to be a stronger leader on the court,” Shannon said. “Not just in scoring, but I think he’ll want to up his other numbers. He led us in a lot of things last year: scoring, rebounding, steals, deflections. He led virtually everything besides assists and field goal shooting percentage.”

Shannon, who is entering his 18th season at New Albany, has coached three Indiana All-Stars at the school. When he speaks about Langford, it’s clear he believes his sophomore will be the best player he’s coached.

“I think the sky is the limit for him,” he explains. “But I think he understands that he wants to play in the elite league. He wants to play college, Division I, the best he can do. And then he wants to play in the NBA.”

The recruiting attention is already coming at Langford, including early offers from Indiana, Purdue, UCLA, Vanderbilt and IUPUI. Other schools who have expressed interest include Butler, Louisville, Ohio State, West Virginia, Virginia and Nebraska.

Last weekend, he visited Bloomington for his second Hoosier Hysteria. He was in Assembly Hall last season for the Purdue game and also has visited for a practice.

“I like it there,” Langford told Inside the Hall. “I just like the atmosphere of the arena and all of the fans and the players enjoying themselves.”

Indiana’s approach to recruiting Langford, according to Shannon, has been “very professional.” While coaches are not permitted to directly contact class of 2018 prospects until June of 2016, the Hoosiers are “familiar as they can be” with the rising sophomore.

“He’s familiar with Coach Crean and Coach Buckley. We’ve had some really good trips there,” Shannon explained. “Wherever he chooses to go, Coach Crean has said things to him that will help him.

“To me, that’s a sign of a really great coach and a really great person that he tells him no matter where you decide to go, and we hope it is here, but these are the things you’ve got to do if you want to get better.”

(Photo credit: Christopher Fryer of NewsandTribune.com)

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  • straight no chaser

    I hope Romeo will find his Juliet in Indiana University.

  • TomJameson

    Would that be called poetic justice? Or a “play” on words? LOL

  • straight no chaser

    Of Shakespearean proportions!

  • straight no chaser

    “Come, gentle night; come, loving, black-browed night;
    Give me my Romeo; and, when I shall die,
    Take him and cut him out in little stars,
    And he will make the face of heaven so fine
    That all the world will be in love with night…”

  • sarge

    Smooth!

  • Arch Puddington

    They tried that at Louisville, but it is not ending well.

  • straight no chaser

    Sir Puddington I speaketh not of carnal desire. LOLeth.

  • CreamandCrimson

    It seems like Marcus has been posting about Romeo Langford for a couple of years now and I know he’s seen him multiple times and can write more accurately about his skill set than I can. That being said, I’ve seen him in person twice and I simply do not believe there are 38 players in the class of 2018 that are better than Romeo Langford. He’s hard-wired to score and I have very little doubt that he’ll be in the NBA whenever he’s done with college.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    That is great to hear. I hope we/IU gets him. To the future and beyond!

  • straight no chaser

    C&C speaking of seeing players up close, any updates on the third Gordon kid?

  • CreamandCrimson

    I haven’t seen him since the end of last high school season (I saw him at Cathedral’s final sectional game) so I have no new information on his game. As you know, I’ve never been particularly impressed with him as a player and he hasn’t really developed (unless he’s gotten much better during this previous summer…anything is possible) as many were thinking he would. That’s not to say he is “bad”…I just don’t think he is a B1G-caliber player and I don’t think he has any standout skill.

    My opinion is that IU is no longer actively recruiting Eron Gordon and I believe many other high-major programs have backed off as well. I think Seton Hall is the favorite to land him and I would expect he’ll end up either there or at another lower-half power conference school. If I see him this high school season, I’ll be sure to let you know if he’s gotten better. He seems like a perfectly fine young man and his brothers were never in any real trouble so I hope it works out for him, wherever he ends up.

  • straight no chaser

    Thanks.

  • SCHoosier

    How dare thou quote literature’s original rapper on a b-ball board:)

  • SCHoosier

    LOL Arch well played.

  • SCHoosier

    Glad TC is paying attention and has made an offer. As NFL great and skirt chaser Paul Hornung once said …”If you don’t ask them, they can’t say yes!”:)

  • straight no chaser

    Arch, also notice that I purposely said “in”, not “at”, Indiana University. Meaning that IU herself is his would-be lover. LOL.

  • Young Hoosier

    Speaking of recruiting. We’re fighting Miss St for Davis and Kegler. I don’t think we’re recruiting Herard who is a Miss St lean along with Kegler on 247… I’d like to think we could pull Kegler away from Miss State… but Howland might be flexing his muscles here… if he got those 3… I couldn’t help but be impressed. But would also wonder if he has telepathic powers.

  • Corey Dunigan

    Go Pack Go!

  • Arch Puddington

    Gross.

  • straight no chaser

    You refuse to make this metaphor work!

  • PV Mike

    Finding his Juliet will not be a problem if he is on the BB team. She will knock on the dorm room door at 3 am.

  • Kyl470

    It’s kind of crazy because while Howland has a good coaching track record it’s still Miss. St. It’s an SEC school where all they care about is football. Outside of UK and Florida I’m not sure why any top player would want to play in the SEC.

  • Young Hoosier

    Exposure. The SEC is an ESPN darling. SEC games are on ESPN or ESPN2 all the time. Doesn’t matter the matchup. And now the SEC Network. Other than that. Kids don’t commit to schools anymore. They commit to coaches.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t think that was Juliet, but rather Tiffany….or Cinnamon….maybe Lexxxus.

  • marcusgresham

    I’ve been talking about this kid since he was in 6th grade. As a 6th grader I said he was the best 8th grader I’d ever seen. lol
    He’s just smooth. One of those guys who doesn’t ever look like he’s in a hurry.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I knew it had been awhile and wanted to give credit where applicable. Here’s to hoping he continues developing and ends up a Hoosier.

  • straight no chaser

    Sounds like you have a plan Papa Marcus. Lol.

  • BruceA

    C & C…saw him play here in Evansville last season and I would agree. Within the first few minutes of watching him play I was hoping that IU had already reached out to him. Talent off the charts!

  • showjo

    He could be a star with padded stats in comparison to other teammates. Couple that with the exposure of espn and SEC network and the relatively easy barrier of entry for academics, it could be pretty attractive. Think of that one d-bag from Ole Miss a few years ago. Can’t think of his name.

  • marcusgresham

    MC Beth?

  • marcusgresham

    Marshall Henderson.

  • straight no chaser

    Juliet: What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?
    Romeo: The exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    So if Tom Crean were to sign 2 of the 4 which 2 would you take, Alkins, Davis,Kegler and Makur?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Kinda like Keith Smart? Is that a good comparison? Bucket!

  • cooper

    So ready for season to start and the recruiting talk to slow down.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    The UL recruits and players were the python that ate a porcupine then the unexpected happen. See below!

  • straight no chaser

    You got me confused, IU 34. Do you mean Thon, or his brother Makur/Matur?

    I would go with Alkins and Davis. Looks like Kegler to MSU, and the last two predictions for Davis on 247 are not IU! Would love to get Jarrett Allen. I think I’m giving up on the Maker tribe, LOL.

  • MC Hammer

  • marcusgresham

    In a way, yes, but the only person who jumps like Smart is Vic.

  • TomJameson

    Those last 2 predictions were just made yesterday … by two Mississippi State insiders (Paul Jones & Robbie Faulk for anyone who may know of them). I’m hoping that is a smoke screen to confuse the issue.

    Really leaning to Davis coming to IU. He would either start, or get starter minutes, plus have a very good team around him. More exposure at a basketball school with adoring fans!

  • marcusgresham

    One of his first few games last year against someone really good (I think it was Bloomington North,) he had about 33 points.

  • marcusgresham

    So ready for the season to start and some of these recruits to commit!

  • straight no chaser

    And if you don’t ask you also won’t get the more likely answer: NO. And that’s being polite, lol.

  • straight no chaser

    Well someone took your comment to heart and deleted my Shakespeare quote. I suppose I should add literary quotes to my list of no-no’s on ITH.

  • SilentBob

    I typically ignore when an “insider” calls a kid for the school they cover, but it really feels like the tide is starting to turn in Mississippi States favor. The SEC gets a lot of exposure. Even though they lost Billy Donovan, in part because of school like Mississippi State, the SEC feels like a conference on the rise. Plus when you play in the SEC you get two cracks a year against whatever stud big men UK is renting for a year. You play well against them, and that alone can do a lot for ones draft stock.

    Also one has to consider his NBA aspirations. Sure Crean has done a really good job getting kids there, but Davis probably realizes that he will probably be spending 90% of his time in the post at IU. Bryant seems like a good bet to be gone after this year and we don’t seem to be the front runner for any others bigs either. A guy at Davis’ height with limited athleticism will have to showcase the ability to make some plays outside of the post to get to the NBA and Howland is probably selling him on pairing him with another big so he can develop that part of his game.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    SNC, I meant Thon. Sorry for the confusion. Happy Halloween.

  • TomJameson

    Good arguments, but I like IUs ability to develop Davis at multiple positions. Remember that IU doesn’t have positions, more of “spots”, and he’ll get his chance to play the 4/5 spot. In other words, I don’t think he’ll be anchored under the basket in a center position at IU.

    That is probably the “logic” that Miss is using, and I’m certainly not going to repeat their propaganda! LOL They seem to be doing well enough without my help! 🙁

  • iubase

    Arch, that’s funny.