Miller, Schilling meet with five-star guard Romeo Langford

  • 04/19/2017 7:27 am in

It’s been a busy week on the recruiting trail for Archie Miller.

Last Friday, Miller met with McCutcheon point guard Robert Phinisee and on Monday, he met with Tindley guard Eric Hunter.

Miller was in New Albany on Tuesday for his first meeting with five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford.

The message delivered in the meeting was clear, according to New Albany coach Jim Shannon.

“They’re going to recruit Romeo really hard,” Shannon told Inside the Hall. “They would really love to have him. There’s no question that they’re going to pursue him. They’d love to have him.

“Coach Miller is trying to come in and get his program going. That’s what he wants to do. He wants to put his stamp on it and he’s working really hard.”

Miller and assistant coach Ed Schilling, who Shannon has known for many years and is well respected among high school coaches in the state, were both in the meeting. Langford’s mother and sister were also there.

In recent weeks, Langford has been visited by North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Kentucky coach John Calipari.

Vanderbilt is scheduled to visit Langford on Wednesday. The first April evaluation period begins on Friday and Langford will play with Twenty Two Vision on the adidas Gauntlet circuit in Dallas, Texas.

Entering the final summer of his high school career, Langford’s recruitment still appears to be wide open.

“The Langfords feel like Indiana is one of the schools that they’re interested in,” Shannon said. “They’re open. They’re just wide open. That includes Indiana.

“All that schools that have offered him still have an opportunity to get him. I really believe that. They have not narrowed down their list of schools.”

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  • N71

    I can only grade/evaluate Archie on what he’s done up to this point, not on what he’s yet had the opportunity to do. To date though, he’s doing great. Its rare to think but I wouldn’t change a thing so far. I suspect if his off court thinking is this good his on court thinking will be solid as well. As for Romeo, would be awesome to have but with so many heavies involved who knows what will happen.

  • Lance76

    We will need someone to play in the “#1” jersey. He is smooth, wish I could see him in person.

  • Frank Holz

    I have seen him play quite a few times & “smooth” describes him perfectly! It is like it is effortless & he is in slow motion, yet he just blows by people. Some games I have seen it doesn’t seem like he is having a good game & then all of a sudden you realize that he has 30+ points!

  • Surferelm

    Coach Miller and either Coach Flint or Coach Schilling…it really makes IU a formidable opponent for those teams coming into Indiana to recruit. Even if we are a bit too late for Romeo, the future looks bright.

    Awesome!

  • pcantidote

    Two things that struck me about this article:

    1. His mom and sister were there. In my opinion I really don’t think he would have them come unless it was something that he was taking serious.

    2. He is taking a visit from Vandy this late in the process. That doesn’t seem like your typical 5 star lemming drinking the Coach K/Calipari kool-aid. He really seems to be evaluating all kinds of options. Good for him.

    Wherever he goes it seems like they are going to get a grounded intelligent young man.

  • pcantidote

    I know that feeling. It’s because you are expecting Superman, and he is facing an opponent that is basically playing a 5 on 1 defense, and yet he still somehow drops 30. I remember thinking the same thing the first few times I watched Damon Bailey.

  • stillstoned2011

    I give new coach Miller an “A” in marketing. He has opened a window into the inner workings of IU basketball. CTC always seemed to be hiding in the closet when it came to informing the fan base of what was going on. Now everyone can feel they are part of the process. Does that result in a winning program? Does being transparent result in more top rated recruits coming to Bloomington? Well, that remains to be seen.

  • SCHoosier

    That’s about as good of report as Hoosier fans could expect given all the circumstances involved. Sounds like Miller & staff are going to get a shot. If IU plays an exciting brand of b-ball..and shows positive strides..all things re: Romeo may be possible. I still think UL and Duke will be ones to watch. One and done is a likely scenario for this great talent..so I guess that also brings UK into the picture.

  • Brad

    Just be careful criticizing Crean. There are a lot of Crean defenders on here who will hammer you. But I agree with what you said. I don’t think the fans could/should know everything that is going on, but more transparency is always a good thing. Archie continues to do all the right things and I’m getting more excited by the day about the direction of the program.

  • Daburns0

    I don’t have a problem if we miss on some in state recruits. That happens. It just seems like we have been at odds with the coaches in this state for a long time. IU should be seen as a viable option for these kids, whether they want to come here or not. It’s all in how the coach handles himself and portrays the program, not whether he can convince every 17 yo to play for him.

  • Koko

    It’s not too late to get Romeo. I get tired of reading posts saying we are way too late in the recruiting process….we can’t compete with the “heavies” and all the other nonsense. It basically is all hearsay….no actual facts that he wants Duke or Louisville or whoever. As his coach said…it’s wide open, the list has not been narrowed down. The kid has another year in high school for goodness sake. Quite frankly I think we are solidly in the running for Romeo and most certainly don’t share the view we are late and have no chance. In fact I think he will be wearing the candy stripes come the start of the 2018 season. Archie, Bruno and Ed will see to that……Go Hoosiers #6 2018-2019.

  • inLinE6

    It’s clear that Schilling is the lead recruiter for Langford. I hope this inside connection get him pulled off. Sounds like we are off to a good start.

  • IUBizmark

    Really interesting times. Coach Miller seems to be doing everything right so far. I’m excited and…confident in our program again. I no longer fear playing Wisconsin (I can’t believe IU would ever have to fear Wisconsin!).

    Additionally, the in-state recruitment battles are going to be almost as interesting as the games themselves. I’m not sure if the coaches in IN disliked Tom because of his first impression or if it was simply because he wasn’t Bob Knight or maybe both. But I know that Coach Miller will be direct, honest and passionate in his representation of our university.

    Getting Langford would be seen as a surprise come from behind win. I certainly don’t expect it, but if it happens, it would be Coach Miller’s watershed moment, much like when Crean got Zeller. The next step would be to sustain that momentum with post season success and further recruiting success. Again, not expecting this to happen and I think Coach Miller can win big without Langford. Here’s to our future!

  • IdahoHoosier

    Completely agree that so far Archie is doing fine. I’ll be the “Debbie Downer” though and remind us all (including myself) not to get TOO excited just yet. Yes Archie has managed to keep current recruits, and managed to keep many of the current players (still time for that to change though), and he has started recruiting others and focused on the state of Indiana first. BUT… we are still just a few weeks into the new regime and nothing mind-blowing has happened just yet. And there is still time we could lose some of our guys to the pros and transfers (may not be a totally bad thing).
    All that said, there is no reason to think Archie won’t be a success. Everything so far is really good, just still very early into the process too!

  • inLinE6

    “2. He is taking a visit from Vandy this late in the process.” That also means he probably values education at a high level. He doesn’t have to attend class at UK or just register some fake classes at UNC. Life could’ve been pretty easy.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Sensitive much? People here tend to defend Crean against unnecessary personal attacks/critiques that a few enjoy making. Also, we are all moving on so you should too.

  • Brad

    Yes, we have all moved on. But I don’t see why we can’t compare coaching styles/philosophies and talk about what we think worked or didn’t work with Crean. A critique doesn’t necessarily mean a personal attack.

  • TomJameson

    Actually, IU will most definitely lose at least 2, and maybe 3, to the pro ranks or via transfers. The actual numbers confirm that.

    But N71 said it well when talking about Archie up to this point. If I had to grade to this point, I would give an “A+”.

    Time will tell, but my optimism has returned, and that’s a good feeling.

  • TomJameson

    I don’t think we’re too late for Romeo. He might have ruled IU out prior to the coaching change, but the whole paradigm has changed, and the Langford’s are being pretty smart in checking it out. A big plus is that they appear to be serious in their re-appraising Archie’s IU BB program.

  • TomJameson

    Come on Brad, stoned made an innocuous statement about Crean and the first thing you did was to warn him about the “Crean Defenders”. Isn’t that unnecessarily stirring the pot?

  • TomJameson

    I think TC was pretty forthcoming in most matters, except when it came to injuries. And, of course, that is one of the things we want to know most about! lol

    I think more than a few weeks will need to be taken before we confirm Archie’s openness about all things IU basketball. Wait until we get through an injury (knock on wood), before we discuss his transparency. 🙂

  • marcusgresham

    The fact that he lost no recruits nor had anyone immediately transfer is borderline mind-blowing.

  • marcusgresham

    Bailey in high school was basically a 6’3″ power forward, though. While Damon was incredible, you could tell he was working. Romeo just glides like he’s walking down the hallway to English class.

  • N71

    Agree, I also consider the addition of Ed Schilling as borderline mind-blowing.

  • IdahoHoosier

    At this point, no doubt very impressive job!

  • IdahoHoosier

    Totally optimistic here too! I just have to temper my enthusiasm since it is SO early on still. Who and how IU loses a few guys may elicit different feelings for fans. You have to forgive my skepticism/realism, I have been a lifelong IU fan and had my heart broken too many times!

  • Brad

    Not at all. Just letting him know that the slightest critique of Crean could be construed as a “personal attack” or “hating”. I think its a positive if we are able to talk about missteps we think Crean made and how they may or may not be getting corrected by Archie. Discussion and debate is one of the great parts about this site.

  • Sweet Behavior

    you know everyone assumes Langford is a one and done, and I don’t know if I am on board with that. From my limited knowledge he impresses as an extremely intelligent young man with a family who values education highly. The rumors are also that they would like him closer to home. UL is having, shall we say, issues with the NCAA as we all know. UK is set up basically for one and done. IU, especially with Archie’s attitude as he has expressed it, seems like a hand in a glove fit for the young man, or at least it would seem so.

  • Drew Heck

    I read that calipari screwed the pooch with langford and his family over all the one and done talk telling his family he doesnt need an education hes going pro after one year and his family wasnt having it

  • AndyCapp

    I/we hear you Brad but I think, would like to believe at least, that this is really a non-issue now. A couple/few weeks ago I would gladly join you on this bandwagon, but I don’t think you need to hang on to this any longer. If we can acknowledge the good that CTC did while also acknowledging his coaching shortcomings, the plurality of the forum is pretty level headed.

  • AndyCapp

    I consider the coaching staff he has assembled to be mind-blowing. I understand the results of it will not be known for awhile but that in no way distracts from what he has already accomplished. He has hit the ground in full sprint mode.

  • pcantidote

    Well, if Romeo is serious about academics, let’s be honest….UK and UL were out before Calipari and Pitino opened their slimy mouths.

  • VanPastorMan

    Our whole coaching staff should stand by Langford’s window and say, even sing,”Romeo,Romeo,where forth art thou going”.

  • Daburns0

    I think that kind of stuff is what got the last staff in trouble (I’ve been thinking about you a lot since last weekend)

  • TomJameson

    I feel your pain Idaho, as to most I’m sure. It’s tough to be optimistic, but just don’t quite trust that “new” feeling. :”-)

  • Fifer39

    Good point. If I’m the family I’d want a solid educational foundation to fall back on. I think ultimately, though, it will be determined by the programs propects for success. OG is gone, but we might need to keep JBJ and TB if we want a shot at Romeo.

  • Drew Heck

    Jbj wouldnt play with romeo he would be graduated tb will be gone to hes not playing 4 years in college archie will have a movement 2.0 loaded with in state kids with an actual coach

  • Hoosier4life67

    If those people don’t like it they can all go find their safe place. Discussing the difference in coaching styles is part of the discussions. That is why this is called a chat room.

  • I hate purdon’t

    I agree Marcus. if someone watched Bailey and didn’t see that he was working they must not have been watching another Bailey.

  • Doug Wilson

    Waiting on Thomas Bryant to return for his Junior year. If he does, IU is capable of making a run to the title this year.

  • IUBizmark

    I think he was saying Langford would want to go to a successful program and in order for IU to look successful, we need next season with JBJ and TB.

  • IUBizmark

    …A whole lot.