Video: 2018 New Albany shooting guard Romeo Langford

  • 04/12/2017 12:08 pm in

New Albany shooting guard Romeo Langford is one of the top players in the country. The 6-foot-5 Langford led New Albany to a Class 4A state championship as a sophomore and was recently a core junior All-Star.

As a junior, Langford averaged 28.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the Bulldogs. Archie Miller has already reached out to Langford and his family since taking over in Bloomington last month.

Here’s some highlights of Langford from three different games last season:

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  • bball at nick’s

    Wow, the kid can really tackle. The Lionel Messi of basketball, LOL. I don’t want to be the guy guarding him.

  • Jeremy

    People are questioning the level of competition Mr. Langford has played against in southern Indiana. Well, he was by far the best played on a state championship team when he was a sophomore. I think that says it all.

  • inLinE6

    This is a must get. For a highly ranked recruit from Kansas, would he go anywhere except KU? If he’s from NC, would he go anywhere not UNC Cheat Hill or Dook? I know it’s uphill battle, but if he’s not coming here, there’s something wrong.

  • cbags05

    Yes

  • I’ll amend that by saying if he’s not coming here, there _was_ something wrong. I think it’s a mistake to underestimate the importance of the time that’s been lost in his recruiting. If we’re still having this discussion about an Indiana player in five (or four, or three) years, then it’ll be proper to put it in the present tense.

  • Doug Wilson

    He won’t even be the best to come out of Southern Indiana.

  • iugradmark

    When you take a kid like this you are turning a lot of your team over to him. He isn’t going to sign unless you tell him and his family that he is going to be the featured player. He is going to command the ball, take a lot of the offense, and expect to play huge minutes. You have to be ready to change your system betting that he can deliver you a championship. It is different if you are Kentucky or Duke because you are going to have a team full of these kids but if you have mostly 3 star kids and recruit a kid like this be ready for the impact.

  • SeeingRed

    Romeo and Phinisee had a nice battle in the state tourney last year. Romeo was slow to get going in that game, as I recall, but then started “quietly” piling up numbers. One solid takeaway, though, was that Phinisee did not look outclassed on the same court with Romeo. Not at all.

  • rob salway

    The “greatest high school player this state has ever produce” seems like a prisoner of the moment type of comment. Maybe I’m wrong and he is but it could also be a slight bit of hyperbole??? I haven’t seen him in person but that’s a bold statement given some of the talents this state has produced.

  • rob salway

    Could add many others like: Larry Bird, Shawn Kemp, Zach Randolph, Steve Alford etc. etc. That’s why the “best ever” is very bold statement.

  • Paul Roberts

    Is this some kind of rhetorical question? Is what I just asked a rhetorical question?

  • BannerOrBust

    We can’t let potentially, the best High School player in the state of Indiana ever, to go somewhere else (most points scored wise). If he is a one and done, YES, I want him to come. It’s the domino effect, if others see someone of his talent come, they have ‘peers’ and other ‘top recruits’ want to play together. It gives IU an edge, it gives IU that elite status in recruiting, etc… So YES, we want him, even if it’s for a year. It’s much more than him coming for a year.

  • N71

    If your point is pure proximity to a major program Louisville (6 miles away) would have to be part of the equation with Romeo. Kentucky is only 82 miles away, IU 106 miles. The key difference makers are going to be who his teammates are going to be and then the coaching staff. Archie being 38 and full of piss and vinegar is different than Patino at 64 with various missteps with rape and strippers and then Calipari at 58 with his suspicious waypoint system. All 3 programs have a lot to offer and then you throw in Duke for example, Romeo has an attractive list of options. I like our chances if we have the selling point of DeRon being a junior and dominant big man, you add Romeo and some other pieces and that’s Final 4 material.

  • marcusgresham

    If you want to make a statement regarding your “inside-out” recruiting, then getting this kid is the best way to do it. He’s a generational talent who will immediately enter the discussion for top-5 ever from the state (Bird, Robertson, Kemp,….)

  • marcusgresham

    He also hung 40 on Southport in the semi-state his sophomore year when they had Brunk and Scruggs.

  • marcusgresham

    Don’t expect too many intentional middle fingers directed at Coach Cal–he and the Millers are old family friends from their days in western Pennsylvania.

  • Brad

    There is no such thing as a must get player. When you label someone that it can get a lot of people disappointed if we don’t land him. The kid is a star and we’d love to have him. But Archie is late in the game recruiting this kid as compared to other schools. So I’m not going to be shocked if he doesn’t come to IU. HMP was a must get player and look how that turned out. Oladipo wasn’t a must get player and we saw what he could do. I think we have to cut Archie some slack and just know that he’s not going to get some of these kids that had a relationship with Crean and other schools.

  • marcusgresham

    You remember how people said Kyle Anderson at UCLA looked like he was in slow-motion? That’s the way Langford plays, but not because he is slow like Anderson, but rather because he is THAT smooth. He elevates with ease-I’ve seen highlights on the news of him driving the baseline and going under the rim, only to jump up and dunk two-handed as he rotates back to face the basket. He’s had multiple games with more than 7 or 8 threes (including a game with 10,) so he can shoot, too.
    Think of it this way. Where was Roy Williams within a day or two after UNC won the championship? New Albany.

  • marcusgresham

    I keep hearing that too, but I also have heard from several people that he wants his parents to be able to see him play in college.

  • marcusgresham

    Were you ever in a Prell commercial where they told two friends, and they told two friends….?

  • marcusgresham

    Kentucky would be worse, but I don’t want to see him there either. It would be nice if the NCAA would stop lollygagging and drop the hammer on Louisville and Carolina so we could at least have two less about which to worry.

  • marcusgresham

    The first team in this video is Scottsburg (3-A,) and they were terrible this year–even still, he’s shooting what looked like 28-footers and step-back threes at times and he hit 10 in that game. I think the second team is Jennings County (4-A,) who was 14-11. The final one is Evansville Central (4-A, 8-15,) so I know the competition isn’t stellar in these clips, but he lit up everyone else too (LaLumiere, Bloomington South, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, North Central, Carmel, Bosse, Logansport, Warsaw.)
    I think effortlessly jumping from a standstill to dunk two-handed kind of IS eye-popping athleticism.

  • jack_j100

    Not only is he a great talent he’s great kid and well grounded. He’s mugged almost ever game and his disposition never changes. He stays for hours after games. They set him up at a table and he signs autographs for the kids. He never leaves until every child has his article signed. Even between tourney games; he signs autographs until the coaches forces him to leave. Anyone that says he may be overrated because he plays in the south has never seen him play. He lead New Albany to the State Championship in 2016 and I believe they played a few teams from the north during that span.

  • BannerOrBust

    Umm Gary Harris had a hell of a career at Michigan State… He’s also doing quite well in the NBA

  • pcantidote

    Umm you missed the point. I’m saying that Romeo is THAT good that Harris might be his floor.

  • Steve W

    I have been watching this kid play since he was in the 8th Grade. He is without a doubt the real deal. He can play the 1,2, or 3 spot at the next level . He has played up a level for his AAU Ball and dominated all comp.

  • marcusgresham

    I saw him in 6th grade and said, “that’s the best 8th grader I’ve ever seen.”

  • marcusgresham

    At this point there’s no way to add any 2017 guys unless a couple leave.

  • John Mathias

    Hes going to Duke boys. Forget about it. Sign. Sealed. Delivered.

  • John Mathias

    Yep. Done deal

  • John Mathias

    Im from New Albany and its a done deal.

  • John Mathias

    Look at the Vegas AAU tourney last year that was on ESPN. And you call yourself a fan.

  • IUMIKE1

    I totally get what you’re saying and the thoughts behind your original comment, so some shouldn’t act like you were trying to say that he just won’t be a difference maker at the next level like they have, but you more than likely knew when you typed the comment that there would be some respond like they have, regardless of how you put it or how many times you said it lol. FWIW I have been at some of his games to watch him play a few times and he seems to be the real deal to this observer.

  • Arch Puddington

    I certainly knew that some would make more of what I was saying than I meant. Sometimes just asking a question or making an observation is too much for people who are invested in a certain narrative. It’s as though no highly ranked player has ever turned out to be less than expected. This year’s #1 recruit, Harry Giles, wasn’t dominant even after he came back from his injury. Last year’s #2, Skal Labissiere, averaged 6 points and 3 rebounds. Things don’t always work out.

    Having said that, mostly what people have said is that they have seen him play and believe the hype is justified. Since I haven’t seen him and they have, I’ll take their word for it.

  • Holy wow. This kid is amazing. Archie doesn’t absolutely need to get him, but he does need to try. What a huge get for the program that would be. It would also be a huge statement about the coach and IU’s future, if they could get Langford to settle into Bloomington for a couple years. A sea change of first order.

  • I’ll make an exception in this case.

  • Sir, I’ve come to agree with you on just about everything over the past year or so. But in this case, you’re probably incorrect.

  • You forgot Larry Bird and Jimmy Chitwood.

  • Arch Puddington

    1. I’ve been so many times that it’s like a hobby.
    2. Still, I can’t really be wrong in this case because I’m not offering a definitive opinion. I’m just saying that I have not personally seen anything that goes along with the notion that he is the third best player in the country. As you have probably seen, a number of other ITHers have seen him, and say the hype is justified. I’ll take their word for it.

  • Arch Puddington

    They probably forgot me, too.

  • IUMIKE1

    Exactly.

    Even tho some of us that have seen him play, and came away being impressed by his play and thinking that it can translate to the next level, that by no means makes it a certainty that that is what will for sure happen. The two examples that you cited are good ones and there were many for you to choose from.