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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  • Ole Man

    Not good if IU’s team shows up and you don’t know they are there.
    Also not good it he wants to waste his year at Vandy as part of a “big three.”

  • VOXAC30

    I wonder if he is sort of playing it off a little bit… They keep everything under the radar so who knows and it is hard to say since he doesn’t show much emotion. It would be a waste for him to go to Vandy it just would.

  • Brklynhoosier

    He’s so smooth, man. Always seems like he’s playing at half-gear, like the game’s just a little too easy for him.

  • N71

    Romeo is the best player I’ve seen in Indiana for a number of years, he seems like a Shawn Kemp level of talent, rare. Heart breaking though that the trend seems to be towards Vandy. The hints are strong enough that it has me wondering what now do we do with the at least one scholarship if not two (someone transfers, who, no idea). The Race Thompson approach seems to be a new thing so I could see us bringing in another guy a year ahead of schedule and then red shirting him. Not having seen our class next year I can’t help but think shooting and rim protection being things of need. Back to Romeo, his going to Vandy is just dumbfounding. I don’t mind their getting high level talent, just not our Indiana kids.

  • Sandra Wilson

    They have an Indiana native as their coach. Expect him to spend a great deal of time here. My husband coached against him and the family lived near us. Great kid, great family. Look out if they start winning and we don’t.

  • Corey Dunigan

    I think it is a gross overstatement for IU fans to speak about the potential for him to play at Vandy as being a waste. Why is that?

    Bryce Drew by all accounts is a rising name in the coaching ranks.
    Vandy is a great school from an academic standpoint.
    His good buddy Darius is going there
    As is another 5 star in Simi

    It is not IU but it looks like it has a lot of selling points.

    Romeos interview responses are to be expected. Even if he knew IU players were going to be there, playing dumb serves a purpose. The Langfords are not interested in giving any real insights to what the family is thinking

  • steelhoosier

    Based on his comments it seems that he is leaning towards Vandy. I hate to lose the Indiana Mr. Basketball to another school, but we are going to be a very good team regardless. I like the way we are heading team wise. Even if they next 6 games don’t go that well we are heading in the right direction and the player’s look like they are buying in. I hope Romeo comes to Bloomington, he could be a key piece in a very good team.

  • vulcan1500

    Vandy is a great school academically, in a fabulous city, with a fantastic young hoosier coach. To think less is deceiving yourself.

  • RonG

    Very well said-#14th ranked academically according to most recent rankings!

  • Koko

    If he comes to IU….great.
    If he goes to Vandy…I don’t mind
    Kansas???….not so much.
    Why don’t we take the MUST HAVE him here off and let
    his decision flow. He’s gonna do what he’s gonna do.
    At the moment he is being regged by two five star players
    and a coach from Indiana. What are we offering? Academics?
    What is Vandy offering?…Academics? I don’t think academics will
    be the closer for either school as it appears he will be heading to
    one and done. After he gets his NBA big bucks he can then go to
    whatever school he wants…if and when he wants. If we really knew what he is thinking, I’d bet academics is not at the top of his decision making totem pole.
    The correct buttons needs pushed and right now Vandy is doing a better job of that
    than we are. Someone on our coaching staff needs to find out what he really wants and then deliver it if possible.

  • Koko

    No not desperate….how about if I didn’t say “then deliver it if possible”? I simply meant it to be a good ole two way communication to get to the reasons he would want to go to Vandy as opposed to IU and then take it from there. It might be his reasoning for Vandy makes more sense that coming to IU….who knows without asking?

  • Mark Bando

    I am not loosing any sleep over Romeo. Archie is building something that goes way beyond any individual player. If Romeo is more interested in being part of a big three rather than being part of a team, he might be better suited there.

  • Mark Bando

    Sandra, thanks for your continued glass half full, optimistic attitude. It is really uplifting.

  • N71

    Rosetta Stone decipher:

    Vanderbilt has Brice Drew who is from Indiana originally. Drew will be in Indiana recruiting because he knows the state well. Sandra and her husband live near Valparaiso. Drew is a great kid and his family members are as well. If Vanderbilt does well and IU does not there will be pressure on Archie.

    I knew all this previously with exception of Sandra and her husband living near Valparaiso…a fine place. I could make mention of his brother’s crooked tactics at Baylor but I’d never do that.

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t know if Garland has any affect on where Romeo goes or not, but here’s a reason to not be torn apart by losing Garland: yes, he’s a great PG, but IU has a pair of them for the next three years in Robert Phinisee and Aljami Durham. I’ll take that combination.

  • marcusgresham

    It’s also, by virtue of straight I-65 as opposed to all the crooked thoroughfares that lead to Bloomington, not much of a longer drive from New Albany.

  • marcusgresham

    Great family…..other than his brother Scott. He has shown himself to be a real turd on multiple occasions at Baylor.

  • Banned on the Run

    I don’t care much. The beauty of basketball, as witnessed every March, is seeing solid players, working as a team within a great system, beat the great players. Indiana will be fine with Archie and whatever players want to come be a part of it.

    Love to get Indiana Mr. Basketballs, as a matter of principle, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that doesn’t start happening on the regular until after Arch has been here a few years and got his thing going.

  • marcusgresham

    I’m sure he’s playing it off a lot.
    The entire family is keeping anything between themselves–the way it should be done. They’re the anti-Balls.
    Anyone who claims to know anything about where he’s going is simply hypothesizing.

  • Koko

    As good a player as he is, I don’t think there would be any
    problems with him fitting into our system. I think we should be smart as opposed to aggressive. Being aggressive without knowing why would be wasted time and energy for him and us. As I said, find out what he wants and go from there. Vandy may make more sense from his point of view…..and can we change that point of view?

  • Hoosier_DC

    His comments sound like “the movement” comments that were made before they came to campus. There was a lot of hype and a lot of lofty expectations that were never realized. High-schoolers have a tendency to be out of touch with reality and sometimes make irrational decisions based on emotion. With that said, Romeo seems like a logical and level headed kid who will probably make a “logical” decision when it comes to his commitment. The “big 3” comment sounds like he doesn’t fully understand his potential to be legendary on his own. He has the potential to cement his name in the legend books in Indiana as well as carry a lifetime of status and recognition by the Hoosier faithful across the country, even if banner #6 is not attained during his stent at IU. Indiana is the logical choice if he really knew the depth and width (and obsession) of the Hoosier faithful. Contrast that one with Vandy and the choice is clear.

  • John D Murphy

    Says a lot about the players who attended.

  • Corey Dunigan

    Nice Post

  • Ole Man

    Just my opinion, but I don’t think Garland is a one and done player. I think he needs two years.

  • Randy

    It’s clear he’s not going to Iu matter fact they sound 3.

  • Hoosier PD

    What was the name of that kid in Louisville who grow up a U of L fan, committed to U of L, changed his mind went to a school in Tennessee. Scored a ton of points but really never won any games worthwhile during his career there???

    Go to IU, they will be talking about you for decades… And they will remember your name.


    FWIW, my opinion as well


    Not just a turd, but, according to many others in his profession, a big smelly turd.

  • Randy

    Yeah like Eric Gordon turn out so well!

  • Hoosier PD

    I’m not talking about Eric. However if you want to bring that up, Eric did well the one year at IU. There was no reason for Eric to stay after that mess the of KS.

  • inCMitrust

    Romeo to IU has always been a long shot. A year ago most thought he would be at UofL, NC, or Duke; none of those schools are in his top 3. Things change and he has altered his top schools. I still think IU is a long shot, but he seems logical about his approach to recruiting. Lets hope our new coach and system will be enough to sway his mind enough to put the candystrips on next year.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I get that Vandy is a very good academic school, but he’s going to be there 1 year, maybe 2…. it’s not like he graduates from Vandy.

  • Piker

    Yeah I see this as a confirmation of the 247 predictors going vandy. IU team is there, no idea. Garland not there just texting saying saying vandy with shistu is the place to be. If he was leaning IU much more would have been said.

  • SCHoosier

    Yea academics are going to be the deciding for a self proclaimed “one and done ” guy. If I had to bet I’d bet KU. I’m never right so IU fans should be happy!

  • Larry Brown

    One scholarship left, clearly the biggest weakness next year (like this one) is the inside game (at both ends), especially given Coach Miller’s preferred style of play. So why is a wing the top priority and not a big?

  • JohnFromBeyond

    Doesn’t matter if he knew the players were there during the game, what matters is he found out that they showed up.

  • RonG


  • vulcan1500

    An easy 2 1/2 hour drive.

  • Paul Talbott

    Because Langford is a game changer vs some mediocre big man. It’s like the NFL draft, you take the best talent first and then work on your needs.

  • Pacers24Colts12

    I think getting Romeo is more about getting the top Indiana player more so than getting Romeo himself. We all know he’ll be one and done, chances are he won’t get us a championship. But getting Romeo builds momentum for Indiana. At some point we need to start keeping the very best in state talent consistently and not losing them to other schools.

  • Paul Talbott

    Really? He played one year and averaged 21 ppg as a freshman. Very disappointing,

  • cbags05

    Ya can’t not recruit him. Ya just can’t.

  • RonMlarkey

    LOL at “a wing”. Your talking about a top 5 player in the nation who would have exponentially more impact than any unsigned or juco big man in the county. Position is completely irrelevant.

  • RonMlarkey

    Nice. You only had to go back 30 years for that example.

  • James Sasser

    In the video they ask him if he has watched any of the 3 teams play on t.v. and he says he has watched Vanderbilt and Kansas, to me it is hard to believe he hasn’t tuned in once to watch IU being thats one of his final 3. Seems like he is trying to drop hints so in the end we aren’t as disappointed or suprised

  • marcusgresham

    Alan Houston. He went to Tennessee because they gave his father the head coaching job.

  • Oldguyy

    You haven’t tried to go down I-65 near Elizabethtown, KY this year. Nothing easy about it.

  • TomJameson

    Congrats on your Jeopardy success. Way to go!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    agree 152.4%. it’s more about establishing recruiting prowess than having romeo for a year. not saying that wouldn’t be nice though. 😉

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    you could be right. and what’s been so frustrating the past few years is it seems all the elite local recruits are looking for any reason to not go to iu. for example, kw was considered a lock and then ucla swooped in. scruggs was considered a lock, and then went to some weird prep school. the list goes on and on. hopefully that changes with CM. it’s certainly not on him if we don’t get RL.