Recruiting Notebook: Langford, Garland talk recruiting at USA Junior National team mini-camp

  • 10/09/2017 3:15 pm in

Indiana’s top two remaining class of 2018 recruiting targets – Romeo Langford and Darius Garland – were participants in USA Basketball’s Junior National team mini-camp over the weekend in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Both players did several interviews at the camp and we’ve compiled some of the most interesting notes from those conversations as well some scouting notes from the weekend.

The most pertinent update with Langford comes via Zagsblog, who reports that the New Albany star is planning to trim his list to three schools in November, but isn’t planning to sign early.

Langford has already completed official visits to Vanderbilt and UCLA and still has trips scheduled to North Carolina, Indiana and Kansas. The Indiana trip will be on Hoosier Hysteria weekend.

Here’s what Langford told Zagsblog about Indiana:

“I like the way Archie Miller shows me the way he plays and coaches guards. I feel like I fit real well in with his system and just Indiana in general, since I’m from Indiana and the history they have.”

In addition, Langford spoke with Evan Daniels from Scout.com about his timeframe for a decision:

“I will probably be making my decision after the season, but after my official visits if I feel like something hits to me then I might make it earlier.”

Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz of ESPN.com were also in attendance for the mini-camp and ranked Langford as the fourth best NBA prospect in attendance in this ESPN Insider piece ($):

Langford had a strong camp, confirming his status as one of the most talented prospects in the 2018 class. He has prototypical measurements for a wing at 6-6 in shoes with a 6-10 wingspan and a strong 201-pound frame. He is an outstanding athlete on top of that, blessed with excellent fluidity, body control and explosiveness. Langford is the type of player for whom everything comes easily, especially putting the ball in the basket. He has good footwork, the ability to get to the rim smoothly without a ball screen, and plays the game low to the ground. He shows some potential with his ability to knock down jumpers from beyond the arc, particularly when he can step into them in rhythm on the hop. He doesn’t always shoot the ball the same way, though, especially off the dribble, and is still figuring out how to play with the same level of aggressiveness and intensity on every possession.

Garland, meanwhile, sat down with Krysten Peek of Rivals.com for a video interview, which you can watch below:

The Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) has a list of four schools remaining – Vanderbilt, Indiana, Kentucky and UCLA. Garland has taken one official visit so far (Vanderbilt) and told Daniels that he hopes to commit in November.

The five-star point guard also received a mention in the roundup from Schmitz and Givony:

Darius Garland did not have a great camp, struggling with his jumper while not being able to use his age and experience to his advantage, but he does seem to have grown, which is a positive sign for his pro prospects. He now stands 6-0½ barefoot, ample size for a point guard, with a 175-pound frame — up 17 pounds since last year — with a long 6-5 wingspan. His measurements closely resemble those of Tyus Jones according to our database.

Both Langford and Garland are scheduled to be on campus for Hoosier Hysteria, which takes place on Saturday, October 21 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

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  • bball at nick’s

    Am I mistaken that Romeo’s visit during Hoosier Hysteria is NOT an official visit? I suppose that a player can commit based on a non-official visit, or no visit at all?

  • inLinE6

    You were correct. I think he plans to use 5 OV on schools farther from home. But looks like he’s not visiting UK so he might use one OV to Bloomington instead. But I don’t think it matters much anyway.

  • iubase

    I think I heard him say Miller instead of Alford when referencing upcoming ucla visit. I take this as a sign. Archie has gotten in his head.

  • TomJameson

    inlinE6 is right, not an official. Romeo has been to IU before. This will be his 3rd Hoosier Hysteria. He’ll get everything he needs in an unofficial, especially being it’s during what’s probably going to be one of the best HH’s in recent memory.

  • bball at nick’s

    Thanks. I was just wondering because the article mentions him making decisions after his “official” visits. I just wasn’t sure if there’s a rule that says a commit can only happen after an official visit.

  • Lance76

    Hope the hall shows Darius and Romeo a little love come Hoosier Hysteria. I can very easily see those two playing together at IU. I wonder what value they place on playing for the same school?

  • TomJameson

    I thought the wording could have been better, but there’s no rule like you describe.

  • bball at nick’s

    Nice chatting with you Tom, lol — Forever

  • Donnie Vick

    Who’s Coach Alfred?

  • William Stephens

    I read another report of a Romeo interview recently and he stated he was very high on Bill Self and Kansas. I believe he wants to see Archie Miller in action this year during the season. As far as Darius he wants to commit in November and Indiana needs a 5 star to complete this class. It will also give Phinisee a great teammate to push and be pushed by. We have a strong incoming group with some very talented wings, a quickly improving power forward and some new size on this years team. I have always seen the most improvement in players after their first season. Having one B1G season really helps players grow in muscle, and understanding of what is needed to play big time college basketball. So if this years freshmen develop that way then next season may be the best in a very long time.

  • Brad

    Glad to see Archie has gotten Romeo thinking about IU again. I felt like he had all but written us off when Crean was still here.

  • marcusgresham

    A player can announce a commitment at any time, whether a visit is involved or not. There are specific signing periods, but no rules based on when a kid can say what he wants to do.

  • bball at nick’s

    Yes, that’s what I’ve always thought. Romeo’s statement just threw me off slightly: “I will probably be making my decision after the season, but after my official visits if I feel like something hits to me then I might make it earlier.” In my mind just trying to make sure he doesn’t mean he won’t make the IU decision until after an “official” visit.

  • bball at nick’s

    Frankly, Hoosier Hysteria doesn’t mean much to me as far recruiting 5-stars. It’s just an occasion for the 5-stars to come on campus and have fun (and massage their egos, lol). The 5-star players will make their decisions based on the soundness and competitiveness of the program and its reputation for developing players for the NBA. I don’t yet feel that Romeo’s Indiana love goes beyond protocol and cliche, always a scripted obligatory comment on his part about Hoosier fan love and history, blah blah … LOL.

  • Koko

    He is coach Alford’s cousin.

  • IUBizmark

    All you needed to say was: Glad to see Archie has gotten Romeo thinking about IU again.

    We would’ve finished the last part on our own.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    coaches at a place called the batcave

  • david r

    Several players in the past have said that the experience at Assembly Hall during Hoosier Hysteria actually did play some part in their decision. It is interesting how teams now really use first practice as a recruiting tool and invest more time and money to impress their recruits. I agree its a dog and pony show, but it does matter to some degree, and who knows, it may may be the tiebreaker between Kansas and IU for Romeo. I hope so.

  • IUGRADUATE

    I just wish all student athlets have to go through the same application process as regular HS students.