Langford scores 28 on opening night of adidas Gauntlet

  • 04/21/2017 11:50 pm in

FORT WORTH, Texas – Romeo Langford drew a crowd on the first night of the April evaluation period at the adidas Gauntlet.

Playing for the first time with Twenty Two Vision, a new grassroots program, Langford scored 28 points on 9-of-15 shooting in a 66-62 win over SC Supreme.

It was a matchup between the No. 2 player in the country in Zion Williamson (SC Supreme) and the No. 3 player in Langford. Archie Miller, Bill Self and Mike Krzyzewski were among the head coaches in attendance as well as assistants from Kentucky, North Carolina and Louisville.

Langford not only led all scorers, but he also guarded Williamson the majority of the game despite giving up 35 to 40 pounds.

“I feel like I can do anything I want if I put my mind to it,” Langford said following the victory. “Just knowing that he had a little bit of weight on me, I had to use my speed to get past him. And give him a little bump in the post before he bumps me.”

In recent weeks, the New Albany star has been visited by several schools, including Indiana. Miller and assistant coach Ed Schilling made the trip south on Tuesday to meet with Langford and his family.

“It was good. Just getting to know him because he’s a new coach (at IU) and I really didn’t know too much about him,” Langford explained. “It was really just to get to know him, the coaching staff and how they like to play. He likes to get up and down, use ball screens, which I like to do.”

With offers from every blueblood program in the country, Langford has no shortage of options for where he’ll play at the next level.

But he’s in no rush to narrow his list or set a timetable for his decision. Langford said ideally he would like to trim to a list of five by the end of the summer.

“You have to take as long as you need because this is a decision that can change your entire life,” he said. “However long it takes, it takes.”

As far as the factors that will matter most in his decision, Langford said that location could be somewhat of a factor because it would allow his family to watch him play more regularly.

But ultimately, a few other key factors will guide his decision making process.

“The first thing I look at is the education aspect,” Langford said. “And then the coaching staff, if I can trust them and my mom can trust them. And if they can treat me as they would treat their own child. And the roster.”

Langford and Twenty Two Vision will resume play in the first adidas Gauntlet session on Saturday.

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  • Mark Bando

    And of course Archie is in attendance. I don’t think the guy ever sleeps. Go archie!

  • Kevin Kinder

    Make a presence in the Langford family, Archie

  • N71

    I wouldn’t want to guard #12 in white. Dude is a load.

  • TomJameson

    That Zion Williamson was pretty darn awesome as well. His physical presence was just too imposing for those mere lads, but wonder how he will play at the next level when there are more big guys like him. Still, wow!

    Romeo was smooth as silk. Shooting in traffic and making those passes. I really liked it that he looked to play defense right after a shot. He would excel in Archie’s system, but let’s face it, he would probably excel in most systems. 🙂

  • marcusgresham

    OK, I know I’m somewhat biased, but I don’t see how Williamson is rated ahead of Romeo.
    I’ve seen tons of highlight clips on Williamson, and this is the first time I’ve seen anything from him but a dunk (now, the dunks in this video are “timid” compared to the stuff he usually does.) He’s physically superior to just about everyone he plays and uses that to his advantage but he’s 6’7 and eventually he isn’t going to have a height advantage. He’s really kind of Corliss Williamson He also didn’t appear to have a right hand. I read that he used to be a point guard, so maybe this just didn’t show it.
    Romeo, on the other hand, went either way, is a much better shooter, and is still a skinny kid who has the potential to bulk up.
    Oh, and while I’m thinking about it…wasn’t there someone the other day questioning how good Romeo is because he’d scored all those points against inferior HS competition? Well, here’s 28 against these dudes. Now do you believe?

  • marcusgresham

    You said it–never said a word or looked to show any emotion after a basket; just looked for the person he was guarding. I honestly didn’t realize how good of a passer he is.

  • Outoftheloop

    Langford, Phinisee, Jallow and 1 great Big for 2018! Pretty please!

  • Arch Puddington

    That was me. I was just observing that the video posted with that article was against mediocre competition, and since I myself have not seen him play, I wondered how his game translated against top competition. Many people who HAVE seen him play assured me he is for real, and I believed them. Holding his own against Williamson is obviously more reason to believe. As someone else noted, if “all” he is is Gary Harris, then he is great. And if, as seems likely, he is even better, then wow. Happy we are still in the running, even if at the back of the pack.

  • Craig Mitchell Ha’o.

    Yes of course Miller got into the hunt late-and yet has gotten off to as Good a start at IU as poss. from all appearances.

    Its not unreasonable to expect Indiana is towards the rear coming around the last turn-but I think Miller and his Staff have a strong Finishing kick. And the building synergy/momentum is Unmistakeable.

    Miller and Co. will build our Brand name instate/regionally and Nationally. And with a big 2018 Class inbound we Will get the High level talent Langford said he’s looking to run with as Indiana Basketball is being restructured on both ends of the Floor to compete for Championships

  • Hoosier Hall

    Romeo also dropped 40 against La Lumiere back in November or somewhere around there.

  • marcusgresham

    I honestly like IU’s odds. He even said something himself about his parents being able to see him (I had heard that before secondhand, but now we have it for real.) The closest option is Louisville, but I can’t help but think by the time Romeo graduates they’re going to be in a world of hurt with the NCAA. That leaves IU and the Evil Empire in Lexington.

  • marcusgresham

    it was last year as a sophomore in the semi-state.

  • Doug Pope

    That was against southport with Xavier recruit Scruggs guarding him. He had 43 and didn’t score in the 4th quarter.