One on one with Romeo Langford

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- One of the players that Duke is seriously targeting in the Class of 2018 is Indiana native and shooting guard Romeo Langford.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- One of the players that Duke is seriously targeting in the Class of 2018 is Indiana native and shooting guard Romeo Langford.

The 6-foot-4 Langford is coming off of a busy stretch in June in which he participated in the USA Basketball U17 world championship tryouts and also played in the NBPA Top 100 Camp. 

The experiences in high-level camps was new to Langford and he reflected on his week at NBA Camp.

"Well this camp we learn stuff on and off the court. We have a classroom session and I think it's really very helpful because we're normally just basketball players," Langford said. "[I'm focused on'] just guarding at an elite level. Because back at home I don't always have the best of competition."

The USA experience was unique for Langford, because he got to participate in his first national team event, but also, because he was cut from the team before finalists were announced.

"It was a really good experience. Not everybody makes the team and it's just going to make me go even harder," Langford said.

As for recruiting, Duke has remained in touch with Langford's father, as Romeo has let his dad handle all of the recruiting for now.

"I think I've dealt with it pretty good. I don't pay too much attention to it. I just let my friends and my dad take care of that stuff," Langford said of getting caught up in recruiting hype.

"I still enjoy it. College coaches aren't texting me personally right now. Because I let my dad take care of that; they text my dad. I don't pay too much attention to the colleges and stuff."

Langford said that Duke is still involved in his recruitment and they've been speaking with his dad.

"I know they've been talking to my dad," Langford said of Duke. "I still like them the same as when they started recruiting me."

When it comes to recruiting, Langford doesn't have any favorites and he hasn't set any visits after his busy summer, but he does have a few factors he is looking for in his recruitment.

"The education aspect. I think my relationship with the coach and the recruiting class they're bringing in with me," Langford said.

"I think I'm going to major in business. Just see which school has the best business program. I feel like if I have a career-ending injury I have an education to fall back on."

This spring, Langford burst on the national scene by helping New Albany High School to a 4A state title in Indiana as the sophomore had 28 points in the championship game. The state title as a sophomore has already made Langford a bit of a local legend in Indiana as people are curious to see if he can capture three consecutive state titles.

"It matters to me because I'm not just playing to play, I'm playing to win," Langford said. "If I'm able to win three state titles then that's something I want to try to do."

After the state title, Langford carried his momentum onto the adidas circuit as he led the league in scoring at 23.6 points per game while also averaging 8.9 rebounds per contest. 

Currently considered the No. 3 overall prospect in Scout.com's national rankings, Langford will be one to watch this July and the next few seasons.


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