Video: Five-star guard Romeo Langford scores career-high 48 in season opener

  • 11/22/2017 7:37 am in

Class of 2018 New Albany guard Romeo Langford made it look easy in Tuesday’s season opener as the five-star guard finished with a career-high 48 points in a 110-36 win over Charlestown.

Langford, who is considering Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt, was 17-of-28 from the field and 13-of-15 from the free throw line.

Here’s close to two minutes of highlights of Langford from the blowout win:

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  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    wow. smooth, effortless, mega talented. and the crystal ball is trending toward vandy. smh

  • CWheels

    Where are the crystal ball trends showing Vandy. I still see IU at 67% and Vandy at 17%. Am I looking in the wrong places?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    for now, IU still has the highest %. but if you look at the last three predictions, all from earlier this month, they’re for vandy. no doubt a reaction to the DG commit, given the timing

  • Olde Hoosier

    He’s the real deal. After he commits to IU we’ll have to develop a left handed shot for him ๐Ÿ™‚

  • N71

    Reminds me a little of Ray Allen in how easy he makes high production play look. He seems longer, like he’s grown a little as well. If he were to go to Vandy I’m not sure they’d realize how special he was…the fans that is, it would seem a waste of sorts. He’d be cherished at IU because we know, we’ve seen them come and go but there have been very few like Romeo, that’s for sure. Oddly, the thing I notice about his game is the way he handles the ball in the lane, he has a finger roll similar to Jr. J and Jordan which you don’t see too often. Confident player.

  • N71

    Vanderbilt is a curious choice for a player of this level. Its certainly elite from an academics perspective but if you’re only going to be there for a year its somewhat a head scratcher. The coach (Drew) is ok but so is Archie and Self (Kansas). The facilities are unusual and dated so that may even be a negative. It would be interesting to hear their sales pitch.

  • SCHoosier

    The most telling thing I’ve read about Langford is that he’s said more than once that he’d like to play for a team that can compete for a championship (given his likely “one and done ” college career.) If that’s true and his dad ( who is the family spokesperson) has been very tip lipped about everything..then IU and Vandy are in the same boat. Neither is likely to compete for a championship next season. That leaves KU with its 13 straight conference championships (or whatever the number) in the drivers seat. Of course…it would not surprise anyone to have a top recruit say one thing and end up doing another.
    Bottom line I see no advantage Vandy has over IU. Kansas is ..well…Kansas.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    or maybe even a shorter KD. i think he’s got the potential to develop into that type of dominant player, though players like KD don’t come around often.

  • Koko

    I thought the same thing of Ben Simmons going to LSU….didn’t make sense to me.

  • Koko

    Smooth as silk….great moves….handles ball well. Now I’d like to see all that against a formidable opponent instead of a high school team that looks like a bunch of eighth graders…..110-36? I’m surprised he only scored 48 against that group.

  • Joe2015

    Ben Simmons’ godfather was the associate head coach at LSU at the time. Makes plenty of sense to me….

  • Koko

    A few predictions are not set in stone by any means. Nor is a crystal ball. The bottom line is no sports reporters know where the guy is going….nor do you and nor do I. Besides Romeo the person who has the best insight is his father….who isn’t talking. So where are all these predictions coming from and why do you believe them?

  • Joe2015

    These kids aren’t fans like we are. Sometimes it’s just who / what they feel comfortable with; just like when we made our college choice. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Koko

    I seriously doubt he went to LSU because of a godfather….it didn’t make sense a guy who could play where ever he wanted in the entire country would go to a school with a so-so coach who had no idea how to coach him. If it makes sense to you then I’m sure no future top players will be calling you for advise as to which school to go to. Or I may be wrong….has Romeo called you yet?

  • Joe2015

    LOL. Huh?

  • Koko

    Read it again if you don’t understand it.

  • Joe2015

    Against my better judgement, I’ll respond. First, if you’re going to an entirely different country to play basketball, as an 18 year old kid, wouldn’t you choose to go somewhere where there’s at least some familiarity? Second, as mentioned above, these kids aren’t fans. To some degree, they’re all choosing a spot where they feel most comfortable, both on and off the court. That’s what we all do in various aspects of life, and that includes choosing a college. I know that’s what I did. Simmons was a top pick regardless of where he went to school and he knew that. And playing for a “so-so coach who had no idea how to coach him” clearly had zero impact on where he was drafted; and he knew that as well.

  • mharv2631

    Love the kid in the stands wearing candy stripes. Everyone that go’s to one of his games should be decked out in IU apparel.

  • slim

    he could have scored twice that. Was my high school he played and the tallest kid is like 6’3″ maybe. I believe at one point a 5’7″ player was guarding him… He looked bored.

  • N71

    I was just at Fog Allen and Lawrence a few months ago and I’d say its great but not in a different strata versus IU or lets say Butler (I love Hinkle). Self has more years under his belt but for 39 years old Archie is as accomplished as there is for his age. I think the main advantage Kansas could have is depth but we should be ok on that front as well. With Romeo, our talent level is at a high level as well but sure, Kansas will have some elite guys. The main thing that has me questioning Romeo to Kansas is their signing Quentin Grimes, an excellent shooting guard from Texas. I can’t counter argue Vandy because I don’t understand it, I like our chances with Romeo but we’re on a good path regardless.

  • Koko

    I get your point of view, which I do not agree with. Familiarity and feeling comfortable is not a concept that fits all….it is not “what we all do”. So you would settle for a crummy coach at a non competitive college basketball program when you knew it had no impact on your NBA draft status? If one is going to play college ball for a year then play for a good coach on a team that can make it to the NCAA’s and win. I mean really where in the world is the excitement of playing one year for the LSU basketball program that lost prominence when Shaq left.

  • Koko

    My point exactly…..he looked bored.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    of course nobody knows for sure, i never claimed to. i just thought it would make for interesting discussion, so what better place to bring it up than a messageboard. why is that a problem?

    and you can’t deny they absolutely provide some credible insight. fyi, ITH’s own AB contributes to the CB predictions. but you’re pretty much saying they’re a waste of time, yes?

  • Mitch

    Maybe check out some of his game performances from last year. He looks just as impressive against elite teams/talent. He’s the real deal.

  • inLinE6

    It only makes sense if he decides to come here. Doesn’t matter how good he is if he chooses somewhere else.

  • Koko

    Not a problem….I just don’t spend a lot of time on that sort of credible insight. Not a waste of time for those who do. When he decides is when he does for me. Yes a message board is a great place to bring it up and for points of view on both sides. I’m sure there will be a lot of conversations between now and next spring.

  • Koko

    I’m not saying he isn’t the real deal. I have checked out his game performances. That is my point…why make such a big deal out of him scoring 48 points against an inferior team? Not much competition from a team that scores 36 points wouldn’t you say?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    fair enough. i was always the kid who tried to rip open the corner of a wrapped gift and take a peek. i get the impression you wouldn’t even touch em and give em a little shake until Christmas morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • sarge

    Because it was a career high for the best recruit/player in the state?

  • Ole Man

    For what it’s worth: Vandy rides on the “elite academics” because of one school, the renowned Peabody Education School. The remaining programs are no better than any other school. In many ways, IU’s academics surpasses Vandy’s.
    Just an FYI.

  • steelhoosier

    Pretty sure every game that Romeo plays is going to be covered. He is the highest ranked recruit to come out of the state in awhile and our top priority in recruiting. Currently chasing Damon Bailey state scoring record. He deserves all the press he gets.

  • sarge

    But for all that Kansas has had for the last 40 years they haven’t won many championships. Roy Williams and Bill Self only combined for 1 championship in 30 years. And if you factor in Larry Brown’s recruiting violations, they likely win 1 championship since 1953. Not very good. Sure, they can win conference championships every year though.

  • Koko

    I’m fully aware all his games will be covered and also very aware he is our top priority in recruiting. Your point being he deserves all this press he gets is valid as well. Can I not voice an opinion about the game that is the focal point of this thread? He had absolutely no competition in this game….he probably should have scored more than 48.

  • Koko

    See my reply to steelhoosier.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Maybe it was just this video, or that he didn’t need to, but does Romeo ever go left or finish with his left?

  • Koko

    You’re right about that….I believe in maximum excitement when it comes to Christmas presents. Have a good Thanksgiving.

  • I posted this yesterday but it seems to fit in this discussion. This is my attempt at giving a few reasons why Romeo might want to choose IU: {I think he will go to Vandy, but if he would choose IU he would be the featured, five starred player next year, learn to play defense, help return IU to national prominence, and become a legend in the the whole state of Indiana. He’s going to the NBA in a year or two anywhere he plays. And, end up playing for IU which Larry Bird, also from Southern Indiana, never quite managed to accomplish and, just like Larry (and Damon), all of us Hoosiers would claim him as one of the states greatest ever players (even decades after his NBA career ended). That probably won’t happen in the state of Kansas or Tenn.}

  • Joe2015

    I’d “settle” for whatever situation I felt was best for me personally. It’s really that simple.

  • sarge

    Any Romeo news is good Romeo news right now for me.

  • twarrior87

    Romeo said he was going to wait until the late period to commit b/c he wanted to see how the programs did this year. Losing to Indiana State by 20+ on your home court probably didn’t help IU’s case much. Unless the Hoosiers see drastic improvement this season I see Romeo going to Kansas.

  • MCPeePants

    For all that IU has had for the last 30 years, we haven’t won ANY championships. All SCHoosier is saying is that we don’t have an advantage over Kansas in the “compete for championships” department, and that’s undeniably accurate. We haven’t won a title in 30 years, and have only been to two final fours. Kansas has won 2 titles in that time span, and been to 6 final fours.

  • MCPeePants

    This is a joke right?

    Vandy is #14 nationally according to US News, while IU is #90, and it isn’t just the Peabody school. They blow IU out of the water in science, math, poli-sci, CS, and engineering. Vandy consistently ranks in the top 20 US colleges overall. I love IU, and value my degree, but you can’t honestly be comparing IU to Vandy in terms of overall academics.

    The weird thing is a 1-and-done player like Romeo and even Simi picking them over other athletically inclined programs like IU, Kansas, and UNC.

  • MCPeePants

    To quote my boy Mark Titus, there may be some bags being dropped in Nashville. It’s honestly hard to explain otherwise how they even make Romeo’s top 3. He can’t seriously be concerned with academics. His dad has repeatedly mentioned how much he wants to compete for a title and stay close to home. IU and Kansas seem like clear front runners from everything that’s been said. No real reason for Vandy to be in consideration unless he just loves playing with Darius and Simi.

  • Mitch

    I see what youโ€™re saying. Regardless of competition- 48 points in a game is recognition worthy. Also, being a school and career record.

  • Ole Man

    I can find other lists which have them much lower.
    But the academics don’t really matter to one and dones.

  • Ole Man

    ROFL!

  • Molon Labe

    Dude, don’t be a jerk.

  • weitrhino

    If Langford’s true criteria is to play on a team with a high chance of winning a national championship then he’d have cut his choices down to Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Ok, of course the kid wants to win a championship although I don’t think that’s a singular motivating factor. At this point, who knows? All we can do is cross our fingers and maybe hope some of our current freshmen managed to create some kind of relationship with Langford on the shoe circuits.

  • JimmyChittwood

    well that’s just like your opinion man.

  • SCHoosier

    I said “a championship”..not a national title. Thinking more like a conference title at least and a deep run in the NCAA. I think his commitment…along with the other commits could make IU a realistic competitor for the Big-10 title. No one could just overlook them.