Langford preparing for next step in his basketball career

  • 05/14/2018 8:40 am in

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – Friday, May 11 was a special day for Romeo Langford and his family.

In a ceremony at the new Kevin Hammersmith Park off of Charlestown Road, the Floyd County Parks and Recreation department unveiled plans for a court that will be named in honor of Langford.

The park and the court court are scheduled to open on July 14.

“It’s a great, great honor,” Tim Langford, Romeo’s father, told Inside the Hall. “This doesn’t happen every day. This is a very, very special moment and I’m a very proud father.”

Langford, who only recently learned of the decision by Parks and Recreation department to name the court after him, is Mr. Basketball for 2018 and is the state’s fourth all-time leading scorer.

“It makes me feel good because I remember going to (Sam Peden) Community Park and playing on that court,” Langford told Inside the Hall. “And now kids can come play on this court, it’s pretty cool.”

With his high school career complete, the five-star shooting guard has taken some time off in recent weeks after suffering a head injury in the Jordan Brand Classic last month.

That injury forced Langford to miss the Nike Hoop Summit at the Moda Center in Portland. Langford is scheduled to play in the Indiana All-Star games against Kentucky next month in Louisville and Indianapolis. The Indiana All-Stars will also scrimmage the junior All-Stars at New Albany in early June.

“The last three weeks – counting the Portland trip – he’s just been taking it easy,” Tim Langford said. “He just started really working out this week. Monday (on court), Tuesday (off court), Wednesday (on court) and Thursday (on court). And the other three days are just stretching and relaxing. We’ve got a little system going.”

Langford continues to work with his longtime trainer, Dion Lee, as well as another trainer who helps him with off court training.

Part of the off court focus, according to Langford, is putting on some muscle before taking off for college next month. With Lee, Langford is focused on drills that will benefit him once he arrives in Bloomington.

“He (Dion) watched some film of IU to see how the offense works,” Langford said. “And he has me doing drills to fit that.”

Langford said that he’s remained in regular contact with the coaching staff and is planning to talk with them this week to finalize plans for his arrival on campus. He’s also stayed in regular contact with one of his future teammates, Robert Phinisee.

While he hasn’t set specifics on goals or expectations for next season, Langford said that work ethic is his top priority.

“I just want to be the hardest worker when I get there,” he explained. “One of the hardest workers out there in practice. I don’t want to get out worked.”

Beyond his work on the court, Langford continues to make an impact in the community. On Friday morning, both Tim and Romeo Langford were at Grant Line Elementary speaking to students.

“This morning, we went to an elementary school and they called it ‘Pro-Fathers.’ We just went and spoke about how important it is to have a father in the house,” Tim Langford said. “We’d already done it for Mt. Tabor and we did it for Grant Line this morning.

“There are a lot of requests and it’s hard to fill all of them especially when it is during school hours. This is his last month of school and we don’t want to interrupt that. One that we’re going to do is at his elementary school. They’re having graduation and we’re going to make sure he’s there for that.”

One question that Romeo Langford no longer has to field is where he’s going to college. He said things have been “pretty chill” since his announcement, a sentiment that his father agreed with.

“It never was a problem or overwhelming,” Tim Langford said. “But at the same time, it’s a relief because we know what school he is going to and we’re looking forward to that.”

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  • RonMlarkey

    Ok yes they both play the same position.

  • inCMitrust

    Juwan usage rate most likely will go down, but I expect his scoring average to increase. All it will take is a little improvement from the line.

  • Tyler D

    He was great on 2’s at 63% but only 30% on 3’s and 63% from the line. My guess would be a similar percentage on 2’s and roughly 5% increase on 3’s and free throws as I’m sure he’s putting a lot of effort into those areas of his game. I think all that, coupled with his usage going down puts him right around the 16PPG mark again this year.

  • Tyler D

    Although, he was only taking 11 attempts a game which is fairly low for a go to guy. I think it’s hard to say where is usage goes. Romeo draws a lot of attention and it could potentially go up. If teams make a concerted effort to clamp down on both equally, I foresee his usage going down. I predict Romeo will be a slightly better tough shot maker than Juwan. But, 1887 is right…only time will tell.

  • for whom the balls roll

    No one on this Earth resembles Troy. If anything, Justin to me will be the second year we never got from Emmitt Holt, whose game I loved.

  • for whom the balls roll

    What does the act of listening look like on ITH? I mean, how do you detect that someone is listening? LOL.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Keep sending the good vibes!

  • Tyler D

    No one on this earth on a basketball court resembles Troy? Uh ok.

  • Tyler D

    Both 6’7, both ultra athletic, both use the baseline similarly as a slasher, both showing flashes of driving and shooting ability as freshman…but yeah, other than those things, I agree. They’re polar opposites on the court.

  • John D Murphy

    I don’t think smith has near troys hops but smith is really strong. I think smith is or more a hybrid of Troy and Freddie Mac.

  • John D Murphy

    I think he makes sense next to Morgan in small ball line-up. The difference is this year we can choose to play it instead of being forced to

  • TheTruth

    Really cool of them to go to the elementaries. A good father figure, like Tim seems to be, is huge for our families and society. I imagine those kids were pretty excited.

  • Koko

    Absolutely

  • Koko

    I’d put Fitzner at number 5 because I don’t think De’Ron will be
    ready at the start of the season and maybe not for several weeks in.

  • for whom the balls roll

    For a team that was essentially reinventing itself and establishing a non-existent defense, no opponent is a cupcake. To say that the team had one good player is ridiculous. You should thank Rob Johnson & Co. for being the crew that put in place the first defensive identity for our program under Archie. It takes intellect to see that.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Dedicating a hometown court to Romeo is a sweet gesture. The kid has much bigger aspirations than to be sidetracked with such accolades.

    On another note, I read on Twitter that Georgia (Crean) is recruiting Trayce Jackson-Davis hard. Is this true?

  • Mark Bando

    They have definate similarities in athletic abilities. JS seems to stay within the design of the offense more where Troy could go renegade on a regular basis.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Alex, Hello and thanks for everything you do for ITH. With Romeo coming to IU what are your media contacts saying where IU should be seeded in the upcoming NCAA Tournament? Thanks.

  • allen

    Hello, everyone this is my first time ever posting on here. May i please take a minute to introduce myself. I am allen 39 live in bedford grew up in muncie area most of my life. I became a IU fan in 1987 i was a kid about 10. When my family had the IU 1987 championship game on thats when I fell in love with IU. I been a die hard fan sense kinda weird that my first game was the 87 game which was real cool. I been lurking here insidethehall for awhile now so if i am missing rules etc please inform me of them so i dont break them please n thank u. Now for the post about Romeo I am glad he is IU bound. I think the outside court in his honor is a good thing for them. Maybe they wanna give kids someone to look up too. Its a lot better than being in gangs and doing drugs at least there is a positive role model. I would wait if they wanted to say lets name New Albany court after him. Because we all know the temptations and peer pressure and stress that being in college can cause. I feel that let him graduate or get to the next level of his career then give him the court honors. Damon Bailey got his name on the court in BNL. I am not sure when they did that but its a very cool thing to see. I look forward to see Hoosiers rock the house and kick butt and take names. Hoosier Nation baby.

  • MrNobody

    Welcome. Your story sounds similar to many of us on how we became fans n have grown to enjoy this site.

  • coachv

    if you were as old as me you would remember that commercial. i think it came on during wide world of sports

  • MrNobody

    And with attention to Romeo he can go back to getting junk points on put backs m such now that he won’t demand so much attention. Lets face it after the ND game people started focusing on him more.

  • coachv

    whoa!

  • coachv

    on second thought, if you would rather play for crean than miller, indiana isn’t your kind of place

  • coachv

    he is entering a phase in his life when most people make several poor decisions and he will be under a microscope. by all accounts a great kid, but the court will still be there in ten years to name it after him. what’s the hurry?

  • coachv

    and more fluid and relaxed from 3. man, sometimes i have to remind myself how good he was last season. he will be the straw that stirs the coffee next season. is that the right way to say it? i never metaphor i didn’t like

  • coachv

    he has next to zero troy williams in his game

  • coachv

    props to emmit, who never did anything the rest of us didn’t do in college

  • coachv

    this is the first time i ever sided with mlarkey in a discussion

  • for whom the balls roll

    Ha I just looked it up … when E.F. Hutton talks … it rang a bell, but I didn’t come to this country until 1984. I may have heard it when I was nine and spent a year in Nashville, TN in 1977. Feels like a past life, LOL.

  • for whom the balls roll

    I really liked that kid and his style of play was just delicious.

  • coachv

    being the same height isn’t really a qualifier. most forwards that are not the number one scoring option play around the baseline a lot. and showing flashes of driving and shooting ability as a freshman? you could say that about 90% of freshman. in america

  • for whom the balls roll

    it happens to the best of us, lol

  • coachv

    whoa. a hybrid of troy and mcswain. where can i get one?

  • coachv

    my entire life feels like a past life

  • coachv

    delicious? uh, ok. i have to go now

  • for whom the balls roll

    yeah the older you get the more past your present becomes. i’m getting there.

  • for whom the balls roll

    It’s a term I reserve for great players. I have thus far used it to describe two players: Juwan (early last season) and Emmitt (and Justin by association). It means they play a savory game.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Lmao

  • John D Murphy

    Because he deserves it now

  • Tyler D

    Agreed, Mark.

  • Tyler D

    I’m not saying they have identical styles, but not sure how you don’t see similarities in their game? Smitty a bit more of a banger, plays in the confines of the offense and Troy slightly more perimeter oriented and a free lance guy, but which Hoosier in the last 10-12years (Crean/Miller era) has more similarities to Troy? Troy with maybe a little more bounce but Smitty is a freak as well. Don’t say OG because he was a fish out of water with the ball on the perimeter and when he tried to playmake. Also a longer, tougher and more versatile defender than both Troy and Smitty.

  • Tyler D

    I’m talking a potential high level (NBA) slasher/shooter at the 3/4 position. You don’t say that about 90% of freshman IMO.

  • Tyler D

    I can see that, John. Troy could absolutely fly, Smitty can go way UP there as well.

  • coachv

    looks good. i hope mcroberts breaks in there because i think he could average 10 pts a game if he wanted/had to. and 3 assists

  • unclekerfuffle

    Welcome, Allen

  • inCMitrust

    I would have guessed more than 11 attempts a game. Juwan is going to flourish this year with a more open court and less double teams. He may average 20 a game. First team B1G for sure, maybe POY in B1G and 2nd or 3rd team All American is my early prediction.

  • inCMitrust

    I believe that Coach would not have brought a grad transfer in if he did not expect a pretty big contribution from him. Why bring in a guy for a year and only play him 5 minutes a game. I think we will all be surprised by the number of minutes Fitzner plays, his scoring average and his contribution to the teams success. Think Max.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Troy was the epitome of Crean’s highly entertaining but frenetic basketball offense. I loved the kid, but he bears no resemblance to Justin imo.

  • for whom the balls roll

    Listen buddy, first of all let’s decide on one thing: it took a lot of mental discipline for me to avoid using the name Phinny, and I still break down and do it sometimes. And yet you use Smitty with such audacity and non-chalance, and no one takes you to task, lol. So, if you continue to use Smitty without repercussions, I will take that as license to use the name Phinny. Why not just call him Justin? The only reason I avoided using Rob or Robert is that the image of Rob Johnson pops into my head every time I utter or think of the name.

    Now, as for Justin, he is NOT a “freak”. He is the epitome of urban suave. LOL. Not Troy.