Romeo Langford’s 24 points push New Albany past Bloomington South

  • 11/26/2017 7:35 am in

Playing in front of the majority of the current Indiana basketball roster, 2018 five-star guard Romeo Langford scored 24 points to propel No. 1 New Albany to a 70-58 victory at No. 9 Bloomington South on Saturday night.

Langford’s 24 points were scored in a variety of ways, from fastbreak layups to contested dunks to swished three-pointers.

The IU target was hounded all game long by Bloomington South, whether it was being constantly double teamed or being on the receiving end of hard fouls, but still managed to lead his team to its second straight win to open the season.

Speaking with the media postgame, New Albany head coach Jim Shannon noted that Langford has been a more vocal leader in his senior season.

“(Langford) has been more vocal in practice and with his teammates trying to get some of the younger guys to understand what’s going on out there,” Shannon said. “He’s just had a really good attitude about his leadership role.”

The Bulldogs pulled away late despite a 38-point effort from Bloomington South senior Chance Coyle.

“(Coyle) was extraordinary tonight,” Shannon said. “In the other three years he’s played against us, he hasn’t really hurt us. He played great, and sometimes you just have to tip your hat to somebody. We didn’t have an answer for him.”

The University of Southern Indiana commit hit contested shot after contested shot, keeping the game close well into the fourth quarter.

“I haven’t seen him play like that since middle school,” Langford said of Coyle’s performance.

After the game, Langford said he was unaware that much of the Indiana roster was in attendance, but noted that he’s still in communication with the coaching staff.

Langford also mentioned that he has been speaking with Darius Garland, the five-star point guard that committed to Vanderbilt earlier this month. Since Garland stated his intention to attend Vanderbilt, the Commodores have also received a commitment from five-star forward Simi Shittu.

“(Garland) wants me to go (to Vanderbilt) because now they’ve got Simi Shittu,” Langford said. “He feels like we would be the big three if I go there.”

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  • StudentHoosier

    Just curious, does anybody know if there are any other D1 type players on New Albany? Going to try to catch a game of theirs soon, and I always find their is usually some pretty good talent alongside the Kris Wilkes and Kyle Guys of the world, but I’m just not familiar with their roster at all.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Getting Romeo is a long shot, i’m not going to lose sleep over him not coming to IU, He is a great player but someting tells me he’s not coming. just a gut feeling.

  • Outoftheloop

    It is no worse than 50/25/25. It will be great when it happens!

  • Outoftheloop

    Because he is the top player from Indiana and #6 overall!

  • Outoftheloop

    Eric was great. Sampson not so great.

  • Outoftheloop

    You may be correct, but you know nothing!

  • Outoftheloop

    Romeo will always be #2 to Darius at Vandy (not the hometown hero), a minor college star in Nashville (i.e. not a football player), and nothing to the State of TN!

  • Outoftheloop

    But the school and the city don’t much care for Vandy Basketball. The City actually cares more about “Big Blue (KY)” basketball. I live here.

  • Randy

    It’s clear Romeo just kept IU in just to avoid backlash.He not coming Stevie wonder can see that!

  • Hoosier PD

    You’re no fun, no one was supposed to remember his name. : )

  • Hoosier PD

    Good example, be difficult to win a championship with a power forward placing out of position.

  • SeeingRed

    We do not want him thinking logically. To have a shot, we need Romeo to think with his heart, not his head. Logic sends him to a place where he can build his brand in a single college season, get lots of exposure, make some noise in the tournament and make the most of his one college season.

    Hate to be a downer but IU is not a one and done destination … yet. Hopefully Archie can change that if they are going to allow the rent-a-player garbage to continue.

  • Larry Brown

    Youre not going to win the B10 let alone a natl championship with one skilled player over 6’7″. Sorry, but you’re not, even if the other 4 are a “Fab 4” it something. IU has zero depth inside unless/until CM develops, but Archie isn’t even playing him yet, and DD himself does not measure up to the elite bigs in the conference/country. I get your point though, you can’t not recruit a top 5 kid in Indiana, but let’s not kid ourselves, with or without Roneo, IU will not win the conference or a natl championship without one or two more skilled bigs.

  • Larry Brown

    If that’s what you want, then go for it. But if you want championships, you need another skilled big. One is not enough (and he is not that skilled anyway).

  • Larry Brown

    You can’t win a conference or national championship that way, either

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Blue bloods must have elite recruiting CTC only had 3 NBA 1st round draft picks during his entire time at IU …and the trend doesnt seem to be changing

  • Doug Wilson

    Best 6th man in the NBA. Doing more than the Harrison twins from Kentucky.

  • Tyler D

    It’s hilarious to me how many are willing to write Romeo off because of big 3’s, speaking to Garland, crystal ball or not seeing IU play yet. He was specifically asked if he’s spoken with Garland and he gave his answer along with what he was pitching him. He also mentioned the Hoosiers still actively recruiting him.
    The crystal ball ‘experts’ are picking Vandy solely on the fact Garland and Shittu have committed. I doubt Romeo bases his decision on where two acquaintances decide to play.
    Who didn’t watch the Kansas Kentucky game? He watched Vandy play USC, a top 10 team. He’s an 18 year old kid with a full slate. He’ll be tuned in for IU Duke. He also mentioned he would be making trips to all three places to check out a game. It’s early and there’s A LOT to unfold with this recruitment.

  • cbags05

    I would argue that our back court will be more suspect than our front next year, and we would certainly be a better team with Romeo and not another big.
    DD, JM, CM, RT, JF, and JS has shown that he can bang down low….that’s 6 guys that can fill the front court rotation.
    The ONLY person in our back court for next year that we can hang our hat on to play well is AD. I’ll take Romeo all day to fill the shooting void left by the leaving seniors.
    Also, you have no clue who might transfer. This is another reason to continue recruiting him.