Video: 2018 New Albany guard Romeo Langford senior season highlights

  • 04/19/2018 9:10 am in

New Albany shooting guard Romeo Langford is the heavy favorite for Mr. Basketball, a McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand All-Star. The 6-foot-6 guard was also named the Gatorade Indiana player of the year earlier this spring.

Over four seasons at New Albany, Langford scored 3,002 points, which is fourth all-time on the state’s scoring list. In 11 days, the five-star guard will announce his college choice. He’s considering Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt.

Inside the Hall tracked Langford closely all season and we’ve compiled a mix of some of his top plays from his final high school season below:

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  • Ms hoosier

    “Coming soon to SSAH”!!!!!

  • alwaysiufan

    I hope so

  • Kelin Blab

    That kid is damn good.

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    Good article on the players tribune that Vic wrote about playing at IU and being embraced in the Hoosier state like nowhere else.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    I hope he sent that link to RL. And VO earned it, big time. Wish we could find more dudes like him who truly love IUBB, as opposed to considering their college career nothing more than a mandatory audition for the NBA.

  • Arch Puddington

    We normally agree on things, but I do not share this sentiment. It really reduces players to objects of the fans’ pleasure. EVERY student at IU views their time their as a “mandatory audition” for their future profession. They go because they have to in order to compete in the workplace, not because they just love the institution so much that they want to give four years of their lives to it. Every single one of them would, if they could, take high paying jobs in the workplace without going to college.

    Yes, it would be great for me as a fan if the players had no material or professional ambitions and just really wanted to play college basketball for four years, but that is neither realistic nor fair to them. They are young men trying to earn their adult independence, the same as all other college students. What we can expect of them is to follow the rules, work hard, and do their best to compete while in uniform. More than that is just us romanticizing college sports for our own benefit.

  • We’reAllForYou82

    He is a real stud. All that talent and Indiana b-ball savvy too. #Romeo2IU

  • VOXAC30

    Really you gotta take the Bromance love affair out the Mens IUBB? UGH…. I do agree with you but I’m am sure that when a kid commits to IU there is a reflection of the program and when they go on the court for the first time and they hear the 20K fans cheering for them it becomes more of an audition. Sure you are correct but your not completely correct IMHO there are a ton of intangible that you have to account for as well.

  • sarge

    Seems like Verdell assisted Vic in making him hungry to succeed. Verdell’s 2nd greatest assist.

  • VOXAC30

    Well played!

  • sarge

    Me too! (Holding rabbit’s foot, lucky horseshoe, bouquet of four leaf clovers with fuzzy dice around neck)

  • coachv

    “every single one”? no. i enjoyed my time at iu and would not trade it for a high paying job at the ripe age of 18. who wants to get locked in to 40 hours a week at that age? you must spend a lot of time counting your money

  • coachv

    perfectly stated. as far as “developing measurement mechanisms” to compensate college athletes…i’ll see your problematic and raise you an impossible and untenable.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    I openly admit that i’m taking an idealistic approach, and i don’t feel the need to apologize for it. imho, as a fan you don’t always have to think entirely realistically (thank goodness for iu fans!). of course it would be way too idealistic to assume a player has no material ambitions,which is why i never said or implied as much. you set up that straw man all on your own. i have to ask though, why did CZ come back for a 2nd year? or TB? why was TB bawling on CTC’s shoulder after the UNC game if his cbb career was nothing more than a means to an end?

    regarding the ‘objects to the fans’ pleasure’ assertion, dang dude. i think that’s more than a tad bit cynical. maybe i can’t speak for all my fellow ITHers, but to me iubb is part of my culture, hoosier nation is a tight knit community. when a former player openly embraces his tenure as a hoosier, to me it’s like he’s embracing our community. he’s one of us, not an object of idolatry.

  • coachv

    just assembly hall

  • John D Murphy

    Well said sir

  • Steve wallsmaddee77

    Are you watching and listening RL?
    Like NO other bro!!!!!!!
    #GOHOOSIERS

  • AndyCapp

    Are fuzzy dice lucky?!? I’ve got em in my car just because they make me look cool 😉

  • VOXAC30

    He may have had the same experience at any other D1 program and still feel the same as he does now but to a different program or state. I know it seems callous but even Vic himself in the article said he didn’t realize what IU basketball was about but his goal was to make it to the NBA. It becomes more because you build bonds and friendships but there is always an end goal. You may have the time of your life but the end goal will be the same.

    As a fan though we feel.. the traditions the games we watch mean so much and I’m sure to former players when they reflect it means more. But Arch is breaking it down to the bare essentials and seems raw and calculated but think of it this way. These kids work their butts off day in and day out with the hope of getting paid for what they love to do. Yes, they will have amazing experiences but in the end they want to achieve their goals not ours.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i don’t think i entirely disagree, but what exactly would you define as our goals? i think the main point i’m trying to get across is that a kid’s cbb career and motivation for staying vs going pro isn’t merely a business decision.

  • VOXAC30

    Sure our (fans) goals to be a Blue Blood and win #6. IMHO and this is where I disagree with Arch an Indiana kid who commits to Indiana knows what they are getting into and it is more then just basketball.

  • I think you’re completely discounting the entire point that VO was making in his article. He was literally talking about how great it was to attend IU because of how important basketball is to the state and to the university. Yes, a higher education is important to some careers, but that doesn’t make it merely a necessary evil — there are reasons to love IU specifically, and that’s what this entire discussion is about.

    Clearly, VO _did_ consider his time at IU to be more than just an opportunity to audition for the NBA. And there are definitely players who _only_ see their time in college as a necessary step on the way to the NBA, and Archie himself has said he doesn’t want to recruit those players. There’s a difference between a kid who’s only going to college because of the NBA’s one-and-done rules, and a kid who embraces his school and its fan base and makes something special of it.

    Yes, attending IU was a big part of my own career in business. But that doesn’t mean IU was _nothing more than_ a stepping stone to my future career.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    yessir, you said exactly what i was trying to say, only better.

  • sarge

    Now you are cool AND lucky AC!

  • VOXAC30

    So I have a close friend that is really high in admissions he actually works in accounting from a school in the Cincinnati area and we have discussed this previously. The context we were discussing was the (Strip-mall degree versus a actual University degree). Essentially there are three primary things they look for in a potential student.
    – Ability to Pay
    – Ability to Graduate
    – Diversity of student body

    They don’t care about the degrees chosen its about money and long term impact of the school. SAT scores are set high to keep people who shouldn’t apply from applying. Regardless if the school is liberal or conservative the Finance and Accounting area is all x’s and o’s.

  • VAHoosier

    I more or less agree with WhatsUp on this. This is what I wrote on this very topic a year or two ago:

    “This is one of the things I really liked about Crean–he always harped about the tradition of the school. Archie has emphasized this, too. I happen to think that stuff’s important. IU basketball has a unique culture. To perpetuate that culture, the student athletes have to buy-in; they have to recognize that they are a part of something bigger than their own personal aspirations. In that sense, yes, I think choosing IU basketball is very different from choosing the Kelly School. I, too, want the best team possible, but the best possible team would embrace and perpetuate the program’s tradition and culture.

    And, no, I don’t expect them to be “passionate” prior to recruitment. But I also don’t want them to be dismissive of the school and its tradition. Put it this way: all else being equal, I’m more drawn to a recruit who mentions IU’s tradition and its fanbase than I am to a recruit who mainly talks about playing time and getting to the NBA (and I don’t mean that as a shot at Louis King–he could be a great kid for all I know).

    I suppose that is a romantic view. I understand times have changed and these athletes don’t view the college game the way they used to. It is tough for old dudes like me to change with the times.”

  • John D Murphy

    Thanks for letting us know.

  • coachv

    interesting

  • coachv

    ha haahaha. yinz guys are silly

  • unclekerfuffle

    It seems to me that both positions are not dichotomies. Well-rounded graduates of liberal art institutions are, in most cases, very attractive to potential employers.

    Isn’t it a win-win scenario for a student-athlete at a outstanding university like IU?

  • coachv

    yes. and might i add, tim duncan. he seems to have enough money

  • Tyler D

    How badly do we need Romeo? I think our ceiling with him on the roster is likely a 2 or 3 seed and the floor around a 6 seed. Our ceiling is likely a 6-8 seed and being on the bubble probably the floor for a Romeoless Hoosier squad.

    I can already see Romeo and Juwan making magic in that high ball screen. If Juwan improves his shot he’ll not only have the roll option to work people over in the post, but also the pop option and really spread the floor with he and Romeo shooting the 3 consistently. Improvement from Al and DG at the 1 will be a huge factor in our success as well. De’ron staying healthy and playing great for 15-20 minutes a game will also take us to the next level. Continued emergence from Justin Smith with be invaluable.

    Importance for next year’s success.
    1. Land Romeo
    2. Juwan come back with a great shooting stroke.
    3. MUCH improved point guard play.
    4. A healthy De’ron playing great in spurts.
    5. Smitty becoming a formidable 3rd option behind Juwan and Romeo(?) I feel Smitty has the chance to have a special year.