When Josh Langford's Alabama Lasers AAU team stepped on the court Wednesday morning for their first pool play game at the Kentucky HoopFest against the Gym Rats, Louisville assistant Richard Pitino was sitting courtside in the front row to watch the athletic rising junior.
Josh Langford Wednesday morning
at the Kentucky Hoopfest.
One of the top wing forwards in the Class of 2010, Langford doesn't hold any offers yet but he is getting interest from big-time programs across the nation. "I'm hearing from Louisville, Mississippi State, Clemson, Memphis, Miami, Alabama, Missouri, Kansas State, USC," Langford said. "I'm really looking for an offer from Louisville."
Langford makes no bones that Louisville is his dream team. Though he resides in northern Alabama, Langford has roots in Louisville and currently has several family members living in the area.
"(Louisville) is where my family is from," Langford said. "It's roots right here. I love Louisville. My uncle lives (here) and I love their system. They know how to get their small forwards open."
While the Cardinals are the current favorite on Langford's list, two other programs from the south have made an early impression. "Louisville, Memphis and Miami are my top three," Langford said. "But I've got to play hard when I'm in Louisville because they are my favorite. I love Louisville."
Currently ranked as one of the Top 50 prospects in his class, Langford showed in his first game at the HoopFest that he can operate and score along the baseline, rebound his position well and knock down the midrange shot with his smooth left-handed stroke.
"I'm a slashing player who attacks baseline and I'm very strong and fast," said Langford. "I've just got to work a little bit more on my perimeter skills."