SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Five-star guard Romeo Langford of New Albany, Ind., remains one of the most sought-after basketball players in the nation in the 2018 class.
During the first July evaluation period, coaches from Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, UCLA, Kansas and others watched the six-foot-5 guard who is ranked No. 2 nationally by Scout.com in the 2018 class.
A quiet and reserved person off the court, Langford and his family have put in place a system to handle communication with colleges.
“My folks handle a majority of it, but we take about two or three days out of the week for me to call the schools and talk to them,” Langford told Peegs.com.
“It’s kind of getting to know them. It’s not really all about basketball, all about how they play. It’s about getting to know each other.”
As the process moves along, Langford feels he gets a sense of each school.
He said Indiana coach Tom Crean and his staff are one of the schools he’s really getting to know.
“They really care about their players,” Langford said. “They really want guys to succeed. They do everything for their guys to succeed.
“I’ve been on their campus a lot. Their practices are hard. Coach Crean doesn’t want anybody slacking off.
“I’ve probably been there five or six times.”
Langford also hit on some things that stand out about some of the programs that watched him the first evaluation period.
On Indiana: “I like how they go up and down and shoot the 3 a lot.”
On North Carolina: “I like how they utilize their guards.”
On Kentucky: “It’s a good program. They get guys in the league.”
Langford also addressed whether or not he tracks what schools come to see him play a lot: “That doesn’t matter.”
As far as his play, the athletic, skilled guard with a very high basketball IQ said his summer focus is simple.
“I just want to play as well as I can, coming out every game like I did in high school and play the same way,” he said.
Even though he’s ranked No. 2 nationally, Langford doesn’t have a big ego. And he’s honest about his own performances.
“I didn’t play as well as I could have,” he said after his Eric Gordon All-Stars team lost a game. “I feel I let my team down a little bit.”
Langford led the state of Indiana in scoring as a sophomore in leading New Albany to a Class 3A state title.
“He’s becoming really good off the dribble. His mid-range game is coming along,” Eric Gordon coach Brian Keeton told peegs.com. “He hasn’t shot the ball well for us in adidas play, which is surprising. In high school, he shot the ball incredibly well. …
“He understands the game. He’s a kid we don’t have to be too concerned about with a lot of stuff. His basketball IQ is off the charts. All the physical tools are there.
“I think the thing for Rome is, he’s got to continue to be a better defender because he can be an elite-level defender. I think he’s still trying to figure that out. He has such great length. He rebounds incredibly well for his size, and a lot of that has to do with the wingspan.”
Langford’s wingspan was recently measure at 6-foot-10 1/2.
“This weekend what he’s done really well is what we call the second bounce,” Keeton said. “You miss the first shot and you get up on the second bounce.
“He’s really quick to the glass. He was dunking the ball on the second bounce this weekend, which we haven’t seen before.”