Video: Romeo Langford highlights from New Albany’s win over Pike

  • 12/23/2017 9:19 am in

Class of 2018 IU recruiting target Romeo Langford scored 34 points on Friday night as New Albany beat Pike, 61-55, in front of a sold out crowd.

It was the first win for New Albany over Pike since Feb. 5, 1997. Inside the Hall was there and we’ve compiled highlights from Langford’s performance that moved him into 12th place on the state’s all-time scoring list:

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  • VanBurenBoys

    He’s going to help Vandy’s offense next year.

  • TomJameson

    Keeps climbing the list. It could be close, but has a very good chance to get the scoring title. Particularly liked that step-back three (ala Yogi). Would be nice to get that scoring touch at IU for a season.

  • Jim Bradley

    Pretty impressive, considering Pike was penalized for over 150 yards on holding penalties

  • Kelin Blab

    Romeo scores like a seasoned college player and not an AAU guy:
    + minimal dribbles
    + not a lot of shake and bake
    + He is very patient
    + Takes what the defense gives him

    He makes it look easy.

  • RonG

    Dream on! He’s a lock for Kansas. Bill Self usually gets what he wants!

  • dennis powell

    He makes us better the very first day.

  • Bill Graham

    This is just my opinion and it’s only based off of observation…

    None of our players look happy under Archie. Our bench looks very stoic and unemotional… furthermore Archie seems to have the knight anger and toughness to him… which don’t get me wrong is good for accountability and is even better with a winning tradition (ex coach k)… but when your in the rebuilding mode it isn’t exactly appealing to go play for an always angry or stoic coach…. guys like self and Williams and izzo know when to pour on the charm and smile to get recruits… I’m just worried about losing Romeo because he doesn’t want to come play for a low morale team in rebuilding mode… with that said let the criticism pour in… I’ll take your negative responses to my overly negative post as hopeful optimism (which we all could embrace)

  • Banned on the Run

    I’ve also noted the different mentality. Guys do a lot less celebrating, hamming it up after a big play. I’m not sure it’s a bad thing. It’s a more workmanlike mindset, which lends itself to hustle plays, defense, discipline. The guys who aren’t into it don’t belong here. I’m cool with that.

  • Bill Graham

    Fair analysis…regardless of the coaching style there will be growing pains.. just feel like we are 3rd place for Romeo right now

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Still to this day there isn’t even a hint from Romeo on where he wants play ball next year. Nothing!!! Kudos to him and family for that. He is an amazing talent.

  • Banned on the Run

    Yeah, it kinda looks that way. But you know, chances are, 4 teams not featuring Romeo Langford will win NCAA titles during his years of eligibility. I’m going to trust in our coach and his system.

  • bball at nick’s

    You parents of recruits are hard to read, aren’t you? LOL.

  • Arch Puddington

    I think its a fair observation. Obviously a lot of uncertainty when it comes to reading body language, demeanor,etc, but it’s not a notably demonstrative bunch. Whether that is due to personality or circumstance I won’t say, but I will say that for the most part they all look about like they did last year (and the year before THAT, for those old enough). JM seems to be thriving, as does ZM, everyone else looks like we have seen before. So I don’t see any particular reason to assume their (apparently) flat demeanors are due to Archie. And even if they are, I am OK with that. There is a new sheriff in town, and they’ll have to do things his way or move on. He came in and flat stole some nice recruits from other programs (Thompson from Minnesota, Phinisee from PU, Anderson from wherever players from the region go). He also got us back in the game with Romeo, and on the map with Garland, Jackson-Davis, Brooks, and others who CTC wasn’t even pursuing. So all in all I still say things look great going forward, regardless of how things go with the current group.

  • Elwood Hoosier

    the fact that he hasn’t announced makes me believe IU is NOT his choice. Why announce another school and then have to deal with the boos and taunting at every game of your final high school season? (And there would be idiots that would do that) Instead, put off the announcement and enjoy an exciting and well-publicized senior campaign in front of packed gyms every weekend. Good Luck with whatever you decide RL I’ll be watching your story wherever you end up.

  • bball at nick’s

    I know you’re not saying this applies to you, but If that’s how state fans are, I can understand why players don’t feel any particular loyalty toward them. The kid should be able to pursue dreams that he worked hard to achieve without being held accountable to “state loyalty”. Does every achieving high school kid (and I’m not talking basketball players) have to go to a state school for college?

  • bball at nick’s

    I will add that I don’t see a change in demeanor on the part of the players. This should be the least of our worries. I would think that someone like Priller should be happy his coach is not directly or indirectly accepting his role as team buffoon anymore.

  • Koko

    I’m glad you and the VanBurenBoys are so confident on where
    Romeo will go. Quite frankly I don’t think you or the VBoys have any
    concrete idea where Romeo will go. Nor does anyone else besides him and his immediate family and really they might not know either.

  • Koko

    I would say unless you know how Archie is in practice and behind closed doors with his players there is a chance your observations are off base.
    As far as the players on the bench go….well I don’t agree with you on that one either. Really what are they supposed to do? I see them enthusiastic after good plays and when they are out for a time out. I don’t see anything unusual or different from other teams on the bench. If we lose Romeo I doubt seriously it will be because he thinks our team has low morale….don’t forget he has spent time with our players when he visited here. He may have a better idea as to their morale than you and me. Not wanting to come to a rebuilding team might apply but we are not at the bottom of the barrel rebuilding team. We have a good nucleus for next season that I think and hopefully he thinks he could help make into a tournament team next season.
    We shall see this spring. I still think we will be playing in the NIT at season’s end.

  • marcusgresham

    Are you saying scoring title as in all-time or just for this season?
    At this point he has virtually no shot of the all-time record, as he would have to average somewhere in the range of 37 or 38 and New Albany would have to make it to the state championship game (and not get a bye in the sectional.)

  • vicbert caladipo

    Good point and this post pretty much seals my opinion that he is going to Vandy. I made the mistake of watching UK yesterday and duke all year and it makes me sad. Why can’t we just get ONE 5 star? Same 2 teams get the majority of the top recruits with a few others grabbing a couple here and there. Now Vandy is pretty sure to have 3 top 11 recruits. Vandy!!!!????? I guess I will think like most of you. Give it time. All we really have to excite us time. Most trust Archie will get us there. Time will tell. If he does have great success here it will be with an assembled veteran team with a 4 star or two. I don’t see us passing puke, UK, NC, KU, MSU or even top half of bigten. I would watch and love IU whether it’s a team of 5 stars or 3 of you all joining Alex and Josh from ITH on the team. I just get a little upset we most of the time miss out on the 5 stars .

  • TomJameson

    I think he has a good chance. Not a lock for sure, but his coach and teammates are all behind him breaking the record. His coach even said he wants Romeo to set the record and that he wasn’t going to be benched. Plus, he is scoring a lot of points, and every game it seems like he’s moving up a spot. Like I initially said, it can be close, but he has a good chance.

  • Hoosier Hall

    At the beginning of the season, the math said he would have to average over 37 a game (obviously doable for Romeo) AND make it through the semi state (needs 28 games or more). He’s had a couple low scoring outputs already so it is just going to be that much more difficult. I am betting he ends up somewhere in the top 3. Bailey’s record is just unbelievable when you put it into perspective. 3134 points… Almost 800 per season.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I don’t 100% agree with your take here but I definitely sense a disconnect with the team. Keep in mind, they’ve lost some really bad games that are embarrassing so that can have an effect on their emotions. Also, these are still Tom Crean players. Coaches recruit players not just based on their style or ability but their personality too.

  • Hoosier Hall

    That isn’t something new. Big time players in Indiana are expected to stay in-state (at least by die hard fans of the state universities). I’ve heard and participated in plenty of booing when I was a kid. All in good fun though.