As Langford adds major offers, focus remains on growing his game

  • 04/20/2016 11:54 am in

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – It was a season of major accomplishments for New Albany basketball and sophomore Romeo Langford.

The Bulldogs, under the leadership of Jim Shannon, finished the season 27-1 and won the Class 4A state championship in a thrilling 62-59 win over McCutcheon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

And for Langford, who averaged 30.2 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, the national attention is now pouring in after his dominant play all season. He was a first team Associated Press all-state selection and a third team MaxPreps All-American.

“It was a little bit of a relief. Because going into the season, our goal was either state or nothing,” Langford told Inside the Hall on Tuesday afternoon. “It was very important to win (for Coach Shannon). He’s a great coach, a great leader on and off the court. He helps us off the court to grow into men. He deserved it with how many years he has coached.”

Through 54 career games at New Albany, Langford has amassed 1,303 points and is 206 points behind the pace set by the state’s all-time scoring leader, Damon Bailey.

Bailey’s record of 3,134 points is certainly within reach for Langford. If he plays 54 more games in his New Albany career, he would need to average 33.9 points per game to break the record. That, of course, would be dependent on how many games New Albany plays in the regular season and in the state tournament.

Since the state title run and his performances at the first adidas Gauntlet session in Dallas last weekend, Langford has added scholarship offers from Duke, Kansas and Kentucky.

But Langford appears to be taking the process slow as his list of suitors, which also includes Indiana, continues to grow.

On Tuesday afternoon, he was back at it in the gym at New Albany participating in open gym with the returning core members of the state championship team. And on the days when there isn’t an open gym, Shannon said his best players can still be found at New Albany putting in extra work.

“It’s me, Sean (East), Isaac (Hibbard), Blake (Murphy), our senior Josh (Jefferson) and sometimes Peyton (Martin),” Langford said. “We just set up chairs and do zig zag work with dribbling and work on our games.”

Through the first adidas Gauntlet session, Langford is averaging 23.2 points, which is second among all players in the premier adidas grassroots league.

Langford is playing up a year in the 17U division with the Eric Gordon All-Stars.

“The first game there was just mainly getting used to it because it was my first time playing 17U,” he said. “As the weekend went on, I got a feel for things and just let the game come to me.”

Even with all of the new attention and a top 10 national ranking, Langford remains focused on growing every day as a player and not getting caught up in the numbers or what’s being written.

“I think the key is not getting bored with what you’re doing and always wanting to get better in the gym every single day,” he explained. “Whether that’s doing push ups or just going into the gym.”

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  • Koko

    I’m sure the KSU coach still has a bad taste in his mouth over losing Gordon to IU and the way it went down. My take is the KSU coach will do and say whatever he feels he needs to in order to get McSwain. No matter if it is true or not including covertly bashing IU. On the other side, TC is not the kind of guy who will lie to a recruit. For the KSU coach there is a lot more to this than just a regular recruiting cycle. Hopefully McSwain can filter out the BS and choose the school that is better in the course of study he wants, fan base, overall exposure, team talent, tradition and a coach that is much better at his job plus more able to get him to the NBA. The KSU coach quite frankly doesn’t have what it takes to make McSwain a better player and NBA prospect. He can play him a lot but that means nothing if McSwain is not progressing as a player. TC wins in that department hands down. Besides I can’t imagine McSwain not noticing the banners, photos and trophies during his recent visit and comparing to those he sees at KSU.

  • Zora Clevenger

    I wouldn’t make too much of the short distance between New Albany and B’ton. I’m sure if needed there would be a convoy of Escalades at the ready to make the trip from there to Lexington whenever needed. Hope he comes to IU, but trying to get inside a 16 year-old boy’s head is a recipe for mental trouble. You’d have to be either crazy or very, very well paid.

  • Kyl470

    You made me do some research, but from what I could find Duke showed some interest, but never offered Hulls a scholarship. I’m assuming Hulls might have been a back up option for them if they didn’t land other players. It’s also a possibility that Duke would have offered him, but he had already committed to IU. So I’ll go ahead and chalk that up as a victory over Duke none the less.

  • BL

    Agree. Like I said, I’d bet he prefers IU. It’s the “but” I’m worried about.

  • Kris Kompute

    LOL! No!

  • Kris Kompute

    Crean hasn’t landed an in-state big boy since Cody. And he’s already not getting any in 2017. Nor will he get Romeo.

  • Koko

    And rest assured the KSU coach is keeping those “buts” front and center.

  • Koko

    I was pretty easy to figure out at 16….beer, women and sports. Not necessarily in that order.

  • Koko

    Hulls had Duke on his list and Duke showed “interest” but did not offer a scholarship. Possibly that is what he meant when he said Hulls chose IU over Duke.

  • Koko

    New Albany

  • ForeverIU

    Confuse not “wherefore” with “where” dear Koko. Thou knowest not thy Shakespearean English.

  • John D Murphy

    I grew up in New Albany. For my whole adult life (I’ve lived outside of Indiana for 25 years )when people ask where I’m from I say “Southern Indiana”. When they say where I say “across the river from Louisville. I would say Louisville but that would imply I’m from Kentucky…and I’m not”. There is an important distinction that must be upheld.

  • John D Murphy

    When I went to NAHS, we weren’t allowed on the roof.

  • John D Murphy

    Who is the dad?

  • jack_j100

    A friend of mine has a son attending NA that’s good friends with Romeo and he says??? Romeo likes Duke or UK at this time. Things change but if they stay the same I hope it’s Duke. I’ve also heard Duke from another source, that is if you can consider high school students as a good source. In other words, nobody probably knows how he’s leaning, perhaps not even Romeo at this time.

  • Kris Kompute

    How do you “choose over” when you weren’t offered an opportunity? Lol.

  • Hardwood83

    Everyone log-off and give up, KK says it’s all over. May I borrow your crystal ball sometime?

  • Hardwood83

    It’s not wrong to strike UK supporters anymore than it is to step on a cockroach. No offense to the roaches for comparing them to UK fans.

  • Hardwood83

    Well for one thing they are too stupid to pronounce the name of their OWN CITY. ‘Lewis-ville’, sure. ‘Louie-ville’, ok. “Luh vul’? A name only an inbred retard could embrace.

  • Hardwood83

    The advantage is very likely he won’t make his choice for 2 more years. A LOT can happen between now and then. Best case? IU wins a NC. Coach K retires, Cal is in Federal Prison and Pitino moves to Nevada to manage the Mustang ranch= Romeo averages 22ppg as a Freshman Hoosier.

  • Kris Kompute

    Naw, just learn from your past mistakes. History repeats itself.

  • jack_j100

    Sounds like a great plan!


    Right, it’s really pretty simple, if it’s something that they do done down at that big blue toxic cesspool of a place, then you have to really stop and think it over if you’re getting ready to do anything that even remotely resembles something that they do.

  • marcusgresham

    Chad Hunter. I believe the kid’s name is Julian, but I may be wrong on that.

  • marcusgresham

    Beats the hell out of “Value City Arena”

  • Gary McIntosh

    Ever hear of Yogi Farrell?

  • Kris Kompute

    Yogi wasn’t the best player in his class. Gary was.

    Go back to your cubicle.