6-Banner Sunday: The latest on Romeo Langford

  • 04/08/2018 7:59 am in

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Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Sunday, where we highlight the six most essential IU basketball stories of the past week.

With this year’s Final Four now behind us, college basketball’s offseason is officially underway. For Indiana fans, that means one thing: Romeo Langford’s decision is coming soon. What’s the latest on the state’s top recruit?

In this week’s edition:

· The latest on Langford
· That’s a Wrap: 2017-18 Hoosiers
· What could shape the 2018-19 Big Ten race
· IU spends with the best
· OG shuts down Vic
· Anderson plays in North-South game + bonus links

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The latest on Langford

Romeo Langford is coming close to making a decision on where he’ll play his collegiate ball.

After months of speculation, rumors, and anticipation, there is beginning to be a bit of clarity. The five-star guard still has three finalists –- Indiana, Vanderbilt and Kansas –- but it’ll soon be cut to one.

Langford is preparing to play in the Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday. Yesterday, he spoke to reporters and updated his recruitment. Inside the Hall has the story. Below are some of the key details:

· Langford will not be taking any more visits and will not be having any in-home visits. He was scheduled to make another trip to IU, but a busy month traveling across the country put that plan to a halt.

· After playing in the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland on April 13, Langford will sit with his family and make his decision.

· The decision will likely be announced at the New Albany High School Gymnasium

So expect a decision sometime in mid-to-late April. Inside the Hall and Assembly Call will have you covered as the decision nears closer.

Speaking of which, on this week’s Podcast On The Brink, Alex Bozich and Jerod Morris talked about all things Romeo Langford. It’s one of the most popular episodes of the podcast in quite some time, so make sure to give it a listen.

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That’s A Wrap: 2017-18 Indiana Hoosiers

Archie Miller’s first campaign in Bloomington ended more than a month ago. After taking a few weeks to process the roller-coaster of a season, Inside The Hall compiled its annual “That’s A Wrap” series, where the site summarizes the contributions of each of the players. The links to each player profiled can be found below, as well as a few small nuggets from several of the pieces.

Robert Johnson:

Defensively, Johnson grew into one of the Big Ten’s best perimeter defenders in his final season. While defense was a strength of his game as times throughout his first three seasons, Johnson stepped things up to another level as a senior.

Archie Miller has zero tolerance for anything less than 100 percent effort defensively and Johnson’s 34.2 minutes per game are proof that he consistently worked hard on that end of the floor. According to Synergy Sports, Johnson ranked in the 84th percentile nationally when defending ball handlers in pick-and-roll situations. As a junior, he ranked in just the 35th percentile.

Juwan Morgan:

Juwan Morgan, a complementary player in his first two seasons, emerged as Indiana’s go-to option in his junior season and carried a major load on both ends of the floor for the Hoosiers.

Offensively, Morgan averaged a career-best 16.5 points per game. He was a high-usage, high-efficiency player. He scored well in post-up situations, and he was also great as the roll man in the pick-and-roll (1.29 PPP), in transition (1.58 PPP), and on offensive rebound putbacks (1.40).

Devonte Green:

As one of just a few players on last year’s team that could create his own shot, Green often tried to carry the entire offensive load with mixed results. With an influx of playmakers coming in next season, Green will have to once again earn his minutes under Miller. But if he can manage to find consistency in his play and cut down on the turnovers, he’ll remain a key cog in the Hoosiers’ rotation.

More That’s A Wraps: Collin Hartman, Freddie McSwain, Tim Priller, Josh Newkirk, Zach McRoberts, De’Ron Davis, Al Durham, Justin Smith, Clifton Moore

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What could shape the next Big Ten race

The National Championship game was only a week ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to look ahead to next season.

One theme of this offseason for the Big Ten is stability. After three programs brought in new head coaches the last offseason, there appears to be no changeovers coming this time. Still, programs will be dealing with losses via transfers and graduations while bringing in an influx of freshman and graduate transfers.

Inside the Hall took a look at seven factors that could shape the 2018-19 Big Ten season. One of interest to Indiana fans is what Purdue’s roster will look like next year, and whether Carsen Edwards will be a part of it:

Purdue is losing four starters –- P.J. Thompson, Dakota Mathias, Vincent Edwards and Isaac Haas –- and sophomore guard Carsen Edwards has declared for the NBA draft without an agent.

The assumption here is that Edwards returns for his junior season, but he is on the draft radar as Givony currently ranks him as the No. 68 prospect for June’s draft. It will be interesting to see if Edwards can earn a draft combine invite and if he does, how he performs. Purdue is already facing huge roster turnover for next season, but the loss of Edwards could turn a transition season into a total rebuilding year.

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IU spends with the best

Is Indiana basketball still a blue blood?

It’s a question that has been asked by pundits, fans and reporters for years. The answer, of course, depends on one’s opinion. What isn’t subjective, however, is that Indiana’s athletic department budget puts them in the top tier of the country.

Zach Osterman of The Indianapolis Star has more details on IU’s willingness to spend big bucks to compete:

According to NCAA financial reports obtained by IndyStar via an open records request and a USA TODAY review of those reports, Indiana reported greater men’s basketball revenues in 2017 than any other Big Ten school, and greater expenses than every program in the league except Michigan State.

The financial reports are required annually by the NCAA from 13 of the Big Ten’s 14 schools. As a private school, Northwestern is not obliged to share its report.

In most cases, the gap was significant.

In the Big Ten alone, IU was one of only four schools — Ohio State, Michigan State and Illinois being the others — to report expenses in eight figures. And only Michigan State and Wisconsin came within $5 million of the $24,909,573 in men’s basketball-specific revenue IU reported to collegiate athletics’ governing body.

Will Indiana’s deep pockets lead to on-court results? Only time will tell. For the perspective of The Assembly Call crew, listen to the latest Assembly Call Radio.

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OG Anunoby shuts down Victor Oladipo

It’s no surprise to see OG Anunoby continuing to shut down opponents’ biggest threats as a member of the Toronto Raptors. What wasn’t expected was what happened on Friday night in Toronto, where Anunoby completely locked down fellow Hoosier Victor Oladipo.

With Anunoby’s help, Toronto routed the Pacers to lock up the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. In the first half, when the outcome was still in doubt, Anunoby held Oladipo to just two points. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was thrilled with OG’s performance:

“I thought he did a heckuva job,” Casey said on Anunoby’s work. “He didn’t play against him the last time because his ankle was hurt, but he did a tremendous job of getting into him, being physical, and using his length and size, and we need that. That’s the OG that we need defensively. He made it hard on Oladipo, who is one of the most dynamic guards in our league, and he did a good job with him.”

It’s possible we see these two match up again in the post-season, as a second-round matchup between Indiana and Toronto is a real possibility.

More on Hoosiers in the NBA:

· The Rockets’ Eric Gordon has been dealing with a foot injury but should be back for the playoffs

· Noah Vonleh missed yesterday’s Bulls game with a calf injury

· Troy Williams will miss the rest of the Knicks’ season with a fractured jaw. Before he suffered that injury, he sat down for a hilarious interview with Michael Beasley

· Jordan Crawford, a Hoosier for one season before transferring to Xavier, was picked up by the Pelicans

· In a confounding move, the Mavericks, already short on guards, are opting to only give Yogi Ferrell minimal minutes. I spot a team tanking.

· Cody Zeller is out the remainder of the year with a knee injury

· One day after his G-League squad was eliminated from the playoffs, Thomas Bryant scored two points in a Lakers’ loss to Minnesota. Before that, he was named the runner-up for G-League Rookie of the Year.

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Anderson scores nine in North-South game

In the 30th annual North-South Indiana All-Star Classic on Saturday evening, IU commit Damezi Anderson scored nine points as his North squad fell, 129-124. After the game, he spoke with Inside The Hall about preparing to head to IU, Romeo Langford, and more.

Highlights will be available on Inside The Hall’s Youtube page Monday morning.

Before you go:

· After 26 years at the helm, IU wrestling head coach Duane Goldman has announced his retirement. Former All-American Angel Escobedo will replace him

· No. 10 IU baseball evened their series with Purdue with a dominating 14-1 win. They’ll play the Boilers today at 3 p.m. eastern in the rubber match

· IU softball continued their red-hot start to conference play by knocking off Nebraska in walk-off fashion

· IU men’s tennis upset No. 31 Minnesota in thrilling fashion on Saturday

· The ESPN 30 for 30 on the last days of Bob Knight’s time as IU coach will not be televised. It will be released via the new subscription service ESPN+ on April 12

And with that, the joy of hanging Banner #6 is now one week closer.

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  • Rick Pearson

    What about the Young Man From Evansville ? Is He Still Interested In Indiana

  • AndyCapp

    I believe you’re referring to Ryan Taylor… I expressed my frustration yesterday on a different thread that the fixation on Langford reporting leaves a LARGE gap talking about other players we are interested in, like Taylor. Wish I knew the answer!

  • Geoff_85

    Canceled his final visit with Indiana, the point of which was to give Indiana the last word in his recruitment. Eek. Not feeling good about that at all.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    On another thread, possibly on the forum, there is substantial discussion that Ryan Taylor is waiting for RL’s decision. If RL goes elsewhere, IU is his 1st choice.

    On a side note – the tone of the DA interview seemed as though he actually had a feeling that RL would be a Hoosier …. all the while specifically saying he hadn’t talked to him and didn’t know. Talk about me reading into things the way I want to!!!!

  • Kwang

    If you aren’t subscribed to The Assembly Call, I highly recommend it. I love the six banner Sunday emails, the post game emails and the post game show that I watch on YouTube.

  • Bill Graham

    I hate purdue.

  • Koko

    DA said he looks forward to playing with RL and bonding on the court in the all star games. So that made me feel he might know something.
    And I’m reading into that the way I want to as well…..:)

  • Ole Man

    Bingo!

  • AndyCapp

    Short and succinct, lol. Upvote!

  • AndyCapp

    As long as we land at least one of RL/RT I will be liking our chances for next year to at least make the Tourney. Anything beyond that depends on the synergy of the group and, of course, Archie’s coaching.

    It then begs the question: If we only land one what do we do about the open scholly?

    Ideas?

  • Bill Graham

    You guys are right. Dang.

  • VOXAC30

    Is Ryan that good I’m not that familiar.

  • Missing Moye

    If that happens, I’d love to see a scenario play out like it did with Race Thompson this year. If there is a 2019 target that could/wants to reclassify and redshirt, it would be a great use of the scholarship. Otherwise, I think you just have to give it to a walk-on for the season or hold on to it for 2019.

  • Geoff_85

    Absolutely agree with that.

  • Ivan Renko

    Top scorer in the MVC. 21.3 ppg. Would certainly add to our extremely thin backcourt.

  • Geoff_85

    I’d feel the same under normal circumstances, but the fact that this seemed to be him going out of his way to afford Indiana the last pitch worries me. It seems like (I don’t know for sure – just a feeling having followed recruiting the last several years) most recruits commit to the last school they visited. Wasn’t his last visit to kansas?

  • Geoff_85

    Oh, sure. And I’ve got no issues with how the family is handling any of this. In fact, I’m stunned at how closely to the vest Romeo and his family have held this process. It’s the most respectable recruitment of a top 5 kid I’ve ever paid attention to, which of course makes me want him to go to Indiana even more lol. I, too, like the fact that Indiana has been insistent on seeing him last, and I also take some comfort in Romeo potentially announcing at NA in front of his family and lots of other people that want him at IU, but it still worries me that he’s no longer giving Indiana the last pitch. I’m not reading anything into that changing. I’m just saying I’d feel more comfortable if it was still happening.

  • jayrig5

    If you want hope, you could try reading it as he already knows he’s coming to IU, so another visit wouldn’t make a difference. 😉

  • Steve Morgan

    EJ Montgomery to UK could be a good thing in the hunt for Romeo. Wasn’t there some talk of him weighing Candy, too? That might have made it all the more appealing. Glad that’s off the table. Now let’s wrap this thing up… and get Ryan Taylor, too! We could quickly become the Big 10 favorites heading into next year.

  • Lance76

    Let’s get both. We need guard play and each bring different value to the game. I am hoping that Taylor would bring stability, an outside threat and defense. Romeo may draw a double team, 3 point threat and put a stamp on Indiana Basketball. At this point we have 3 scholarship guards. I have confidence that CAM has contigencies in place.

  • coachv

    i don’t know that getting those two will make us the conference favorite.

  • coachv

    i agree with your point that a solis senior is likely to be better than langford for a while. langford will find it more difficult to score but i’m sure he will adjust soon enough but there are many other facets of the game to learn to play at a high level. not many one and done guards lead teams to the ncaa title. i haven’t seen this kid taylor play. what is his game like?

  • coachv

    romeo is definitely not going to draw a double team

  • coachv

    like mcroberts

  • coachv

    thought i heard he never went to kansas

  • Koko

    It’s not like he cancelled our visit to go to Vandy or KU. He simply cancelled the visit. A lot going on with him and his family at this point. I think we need to relax and watch the story unfold.

  • beppecolo

    Assuming that both players are one-year-and-done, I think I would rather have Taylor. He’s already a great scorer and knows the college game. Might be, probably is, that Langford will be the better player down the line, but for just 2018-19 my guess is that Taylor would improve the Hoosiers more than Langford. Plus, I think Taylor could be hungrier to get his name into the NBA conversation; Langford, barring injury, is already a 2019 lottery pick and has less to prove.

  • Ms hoosier

    Ryan Taylor committed to Northwestern

  • beppecolo

    My post was based on the comment elsewhere in the thread that Taylor wasn’t likely to come if Langford did. If they’re both one year players and we can only get one, my gut says to go with Taylor.

  • Slappy

    Not worth the time to write the article. Ryan Taylor committed to northwestern, cj walker went to ohio state, boudreaux to Purdue…grad transfers are typically in and out with a specific purpose. Castlin to Xavier, and both Cremo and Owens did Ohio State in-homes, but didn’t sit with IU.

    The only guy we have a visit scheduled with still is Mooney from sd. I knew Holtmann would be a problem at Ohio State, but yikes.

  • So IN Hoosier

    The idea of rather having Ryan Taylor over Romeo Langford for 1 year is ludicrous!!! You give Romeo the touches Taylor got at UE and he would be an All American, and his team wouldn’t have finished in the cellar of a weak MVC. Come on, Langford 100 times out of 100.

  • Slappy

    No. High usage gunner in the MVC on a very bad team with little concern for defense. Already committed to northwestern

  • Slappy

    Co-sign.

  • BBB

    For what it’s worth, the 247sports.com “Crystal Ball Prediction” for Romeo recently changed (possibly IU’s favor). For several weeks, it had been something like
    Indiana: 45% ,
    Vanderbilt: 45%,
    Kansas: 10%

    But it’s now at:
    Indiana: 45%,
    Vanderbilt: 30%,
    Kansas: 25%.

    So at least according to these experts, Vandy is losing steam, but also Kansas is on the rise. I always thought Vandy was realistically the only competitor to IU, but now I think I’m even more concerned if Kansas is actually in the hunt.

  • Robert Swartz

    Sadly, IU could well end up getting neither.

  • Dick_Pepperfield

    Yeah that isnt worth anything. Especially the amount of time that it took you to type it out. How does some basketball nerd sitting at his computer at home know the percentages of what Romeo is thinking? Please explain. What exactly is “experts”. Is it his girlfriend? His dad? Why would you waste time reading that garbage?