The Boston Celtics selected Indiana freshman guard Romeo Langford with the 14th pick in the 2019 NBA draft this evening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Langford became the first Hoosier drafted since 2017 when OG Anunoby went 23rd to Toronto and Thomas Bryant went 42nd to the Los Angeles Lakers. He is Indiana’s 27th first round NBA draft pick.
“It’s a really good, historic organization,” Langford said Thursday night in his post-draft press conference. “They’re coming off a real good year, making the playoffs and doing well in the playoffs. I feel like the team they have, everybody is real versatile. They play position-less basketball and that’s what I excel at.”
The 2018 Indiana Mr. Basketball and McDonald’s All-American is the third IU player to go the one-and-done route following Eric Gordon and Noah Vonleh.
— Indiana Basketball (@IndianaMBB) June 21, 2019
Gordon was the No. 7 pick in 2007 to the Los Angeles Clippers and Vonleh went No. 9 in 2014 to the Charlotte Hornets.
According to the 2019-20 NBA rookie salary scale published by RealGM.com, Langford is projected to earn $2.9 million next season.
As a freshman, Langford averaged 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 34.1 minutes per game. He did not play in Indiana’s final three games in the National Invitation tournament due to a back injury.
The 6-foot-5 guard was unable to workout for teams in the pre-draft process as he underwent surgery on his right thumb at the conclusion of the season.
Langford recently had his cast removed and is expected to resume full basketball activities soon.
“It’s going good,” Langford said on Wednesday of his recovery. “Summer League is probably the first time I’ll get back out there playing at full speed.”
In his four year career at New Albany High School, Langford led the Bulldogs to the 2016 Class 4A championship and he amassed 3,002 points, which ranks fourth on the state’s all-time scoring list.
Langford committed to Indiana in April of 2018 after a lengthy recruiting battle that ultimately led to him picking the Hoosiers over Vanderbilt and Kansas.
The pick is in!
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) June 21, 2019
Romeo Langford (@yeahyeah22) is the 6th Hoosier to be drafted by the Celtics. The others:
1951: Bill Garrett
1957: Dick Neal
1973: Steve Downing
1981: Glen Grunwald
1982: Landon Turner#iubb ?
— Pro Ball Hoosiers (@ProBallHoosiers) June 21, 2019
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