Coming into the high school season there was no question that Romeo Langford was someone with a ton of ability. He was seen as the No. 1 prospect in his class in Indiana, a four-star prospect, and the No. 24 player in the nation overall.
While that is a lofty ranking by any measure, it became very clear very early in the season that the overall ranking was way too low. Langford and New Albany High School garnered the No. 1 ranking in Indiana early in the season, and in a showdown against Pike High School at the Forum Tip Off Classic, Langford went off. He finished with 30 points only 17 shot attempts and did everything possible to keep his team in the game.
Despite the close loss, it was Langford’s performance that had everybody buzzing. That buzz continued through the year, and came to a crescendo during the state playoffs.
That is where in the state semi-finals Langford scored 46 points against title favorite Southport before finishing the deal in the state finals with 28 points in a second half comeback win for New Albany.
The numbers were gaudy on their own, it was how Langford did it that has propelled him to five-star status and top five overall in the country.
Langford is every bit of 6-foot-4 and is continually getting more athletic. In fact Langford is nearing elite level athleticism, and is so fluid with his hips that he is capable of breaking down defenders by changing speeds and directions in ways that few athletes can.
On top of that Langford is a big time shooter from deep. In the state title game, played at Banker’s Life Field House which is the home of the Indiana Pacers, Langford hit multiple NBA three-pointers, and during the season his percentage was also very impressive.
As if that weren’t enough, Langford has made the transition from wing guard to combo guard. While he hasn’t quite developed into a full time point guard, he is reminiscent of class of 2016 product Markelle Fultz in that he can play on or off the ball, has great floor vision and is a gifted scorer with size.
Beyond that Langford showed a desire to defend, and was committed on the defensive end. He would block shots, rebound and start the break, and also took charges. Overall he projects as a plus defender at multiple spots on the court.
The impressive season led to offers from Indiana, Purdue, Butler, and Louisville. Now schools like Duke and Kentucky are also taking a very close look at Langford.
With impressive character off the court, a commitment to get better, good coaching, and rare physical gifts the rise of Romeo Langford was obvious this season, now the question is just how good will the No. 1 shooting guard in the 2018 class become.