Five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford began his season with a solid showing. While expectations are exceedingly high whenever the No. 3 ranked player in the 2018 class takes the floor, he showed what has him as such a highly regarded recruit.
One of the interesting things to see with elite prospects is how they progress from season to season. That means from high school to AAU and then again from AAU to high school.
Given that Langford is a top five prospect, the room for improvement is smaller than most prospects since he is already very advanced, but he did show a key area where he has improved. Always someone who could get to the rim, Langford’s handle did have room for improvement.
In his first game Langford showed an improved ability to handle the ball, especially going to his left. That improvement makes him even tougher to defend off the dribble, and continues to make him one of the most difficult matchups in all of high school basketball.
The other thing that Langford showed was a bit more athleticism. Langford has always been supremely athletic, but he has taken it up even another notch. He had a few just eye opening athletic plays including an offensive rebound he came down with before throwing down a dunk off of two feet flat footed over a defender.
When it comes to the one area that looked to be much of the same, Langford still showed some inconsistency with the jumper. The next step for Langford is to become a very consistent outside shooter, especially when he gets clean looks.
At this point Langford has shown himself to be someone who is more than capable of making big shots from deep, but he can also be inconsistent with his release and he misses a few more shots from deep than you think he should.
Overall even without a noticeable improvement with his jumper, Langford still looked like the real deal. He made a ton of plays, scored 24 points and had nine rebounds. The next big test for Langford is a big test against five-star 2017 UCLA signee Kris Wilkes.