POTB 222: A discussion on all things Romeo Langford

  • 04/03/2018 7:42 am in

Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with hosts Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call and Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall. The show is available weekly.

On this week’s show, Morris and Bozich address several questions regarding class of 2018 five-star New Albany guard Romeo Langford. Among the topics discussed:

· When did people in New Albany begin talking about Romeo?
· Moments from Langford’s high school career that stood out
· How will Langford’s career be remembered by New Albany fans?
· Has Indiana already succeeded just by getting into Langford’s final three schools?
· Would Indiana fans have an easier time if Langford picked Vanderbilt or Kansas? And why?
· Is Langford a one-and-done player?
· The most underrated parts of Romeo’s game
· How adding Langford could change Indiana’s outlook for next season

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  • tjblackdog

    Only 7 out of top 65 recruits haven’t committed.

  • RonMlarkey

    Wish the kid would just make a decision already.

  • Ms hoosier

    You and me both!! I’m just ready to know what our team will be for next year

  • Tyler D

    I’d prefer playing with Juwan and Smitty over Garland and Shittu. Romeo has a pretty good idea what he’s getting with the returning Hoosiers, but Shittu is a big question mark coming off the ACL. On the other hand, Garland would likely make a better back court running mate than any of our guards.
    As for the Kansas roster, just not a lot of shots to go around.

  • sarge


  • iugradmark

    looks like we are still a few weeks away

  • coachv

    ha ha! you’re beloved wolverines got smoted

  • coachv

    i hope so. i can guarantee you this. if garland bolts after one year and phinisee stays at least 3, you are correct

  • IU Cal 1809

    Garland is going to be a 4 year player.

  • Tobin Frost

    The Way too Early is going to rank most of the teams that made the tourney the previous year.

  • marcusgresham

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading how Romeo and his family soured on UK because Calipari was befuddled by Canada when the played in Egypt.

  • RDD#76

    At the burger game Garland didn’t make a pass to Romeo the whole game.

  • Tobin Frost

    Most of the 64 were qualifiers from smaller conferences. Of course they’re going to look at Power 5 and get the 25 from there. They did include Loyola (which they had to since they made the Final 4). i wouldn’t put any merit into the way to early rankings…

  • Protsky

    Thought I’d chime in on the comment that Indiana is on a different level than Vandy as far as national relevance: I don’t think that that is a fair statement. Maybe you meant historically, because no doubt Indiana is more “relevant” historically, but Vanderbilt has actually made the tourney more recently than the Hoosiers, and has better Championship Odds (VU= 60/1 IU= 200/1) according to CBS for next season. Obviously Vandy was extremely sub-par this season, but unfortunately IU was not exactly “relevant” either (though I truly believe they will be soon!). If Romeo Langford was basing his decision on National Relevance he would first choose Kansas, of Course, but his second choice would without a doubt be Vanderbilt per my previous statements. That being said: Romeo has made it abundantly clear that he could care less about a team’s national relevance, and to be honest, if he did care Vandy and IU wouldn’t even be in this race and he would have committed to Kansas by now. He is choosing based primarily on coaching, and secondarily maybe teammates. But from what he’s said: there’s no difference in his mind between an elite eight team and a 10 seed. So “National Relevance”… is irrelevant.

  • Oldguyy

    When did Langford have a heart-to-heart conversation with you where he shared his thoughts with you? Surely you’re not just blowing smoke…

  • Hoosier Hall

    While I agree that recently Kansas is way more relevant than Indiana or Vandy, I can’t concede that Vandy has a current edge over Indiana. Take the last 4 years (standard recruiting cycle) and Vandy is 71 – 64 with no SEC titles (weak basketball conference) and one tournament appearance (no wins). Indiana is 81 – 53 with a Big 10 title (outright, in a tough basketball conference) 2 NCAA tournament appearances and a sweet 16. Both schools appeared in the NIT once in that same time frame… Not really fantastic either way but I’d give a big edge to IU. Romeo probably doesn’t consider that stuff a huge factor otherwise it would be Kansas for sure. Either way, I wish him luck and success whatever he decides.

  • Protsky

    Right: Well yeah I never did say that Vandy had the edge. When I listed them above IU that was IF he was making his decision based on relevence. If I had to guess I’d say that he actually might not have made a decision yet…

  • Hoosier Hall

    I didn’t mean an edge regarding a commitment from Romeo. I was referring to your comment about Vandy being more recently relevant than IU. Indiana is certainly more relevant than Vandy historically and recently (which have been some of our worst years).

  • Protsky

    Ah never mind: I see now what you meant by that. Okay, and that’s not a totally ridiculous argument. Obviously I looked at the past two or three years, but if you broaden the timeframe an argument can definitely be made for IU: however you still can’t argue that IU is “on a different level” as the commentator suggested… it’s just not logical. But no matter what: it still doesn’t matter in Romeo’s recruitment I don’t think. Also (and I swear I tried to let this slide, lol, but I failed lmao) I’m going to have to disagree with calling the SEC weak: they are two spots above the Big Ten in conference RPI… best nonconference RPI… but you’ve put up with enough of my ranting already so maybe I’ll tuck that one in my back pocket LOL

  • Hoosier Hall

    In the past couple years, recruiting, coaching and overall talent in the SEC has improved which made it more competitive. But when looking at the past 10 to 15 years, it is usually 1 or 2 strong teams and the rest were terrible. More often than not, UK or Florida would run through the conference slate undefeated or with only a loss or 2. That just doesn’t happen much in the ACC, Big 10, Big 12…

  • Corey Dunigan

    Some may gather IU is on a different level based only off the two schools home attendance metrics

  • Koko

    These days one other thing is very relevant….appearances on TV stations
    that offer sporting events….in this case college basketball. I can assure you IU and Kansas are featured in many more games over the season than Vandy although Vandy does have some appearances it is only because they are in the SEC…ie: playing Kentucky, Florida and other featured teams. IU is on more simply because they are IU and in the Big Ten. Their past achievements are still relevant when it comes to TV.
    Vandy does not have the level of relevance in college basketball that
    you feel they have compared to IU and Kansas. Will that change Romeo’s decision? I don’t know…..but it sure would change mine.
    Face it, Vandy doesn’t have the heat. If Romeo goes to Vandy it will be similar to the Simmons LSU fiasco. And I think Garland isn’t the Romeo pal we have been led to believe. I say that because the way he treated Romeo in the MacDonald’s All Star game. No passes or assists to Romeo and after going 0-7 from the field Garland decides he should take the last shot with Romeo standing next to him…at that point Romeo had 19 points….Garland 2 (from free throws).
    Yes Garland had 11 assists but he could possibly have had at least one more had he passed the ball to Romeo on the final shot.

  • Ken

    An 18 year old young man talked to his dad. His Father then responded in a sentimental way….. in defense of his son. My dad would have too.

    I could give a whole list of reasons I dislike Calipari. I think Tim langford showed self control as a father in saying what he said and the way he said it, in giving his own biased non professional opinion.
    Its an IU board! People should be able to express their feelings about a rival coach, especially one with as sketchy a history as Cal. Trey Lyles is enough for me.
    Really? Cal is the professional one? After not calling back?

  • marcusgresham

    I was a little shocked that Tim Langford publicly said this, but I put that on him and not his son.

    I don’t think I overdo it with the Cal hate because I live within the confines of Louisville media and I have to hear him on an almost daily basis make smug, obnoxious comments like “Kentucky eats first,” or whiningly point out, “we’re so young,” when things aren’t going well.

    I agree with your last point, and that’s what I was hoping would happen. I do think you have a massive advantage coaching these young guys but there’s always the potential to rub someone the wrong way. If it weren’t a major advantage, however, these guys wouldn’t be taking away from their summers to do it (especially in regards to instances like Calipari being able to put Karl-Anthony Towns on the national team of the DR.

  • Ken

    I need not convince you of anything. I merely disagree. Though your arguement implies a high standard to a High School player and his father while justifying bad behavior in the world of college coaching simply based on the standard of what others do.
    Two different principles (standard for behavior) for the professional coach and for the proud father?
    So convince me of why Cal is high character?

  • Terry Northern

    Well first off I think Romeo’s assessment of Calipari wasn’t that far off.. After all heres a guy that says he gets the best of the best!!! And after 25 years of coaching has 1 national championship to show for it!! Hes a great recruiter but NOT a great coach.
    …I also dont believe for a moment that Romeo is a one and done. Theres way more to this young man I think…
    He’ll fit in best at I.U.

  • Tyler D

    What makes you think he isn’t a one and done? I’m sure as a person he does run much deeper than basketball, but if you’re going to be a lottery pick and a multi millionaire it’s utterly stupid to stick around and risk injury. He can always finish up his degree; he’s one sophomore play away from missing out on millions.

  • Terry Northern

    I get what you are saying. I really do. He certainly has the talent to do so. But Romeo isn’t in a rush to do anything as you can see by his signing or lack there of. He himself has said hes not on a time table to get to the NBA. I think he’ll stay 2 years in college at least. Remember when God forbid people stayed for four years before the one n dones started?? Academics are huge to him. …Regardless, he’s one heck of a young man and whoever gets him is gonna be lucky for sure. I wish him the best. He represents Indiana well !!