Experts rave about Langford's energy, bounce

While Josh Langford's No. 48 national ranking might be a tad too high, Scout.com recruiting analyst Dave Telep says that Louisville's first 2010 commitment is a ‘solid Top 100' prospect.

If you talk to most everybody who has seen the 6-foot-6, 210-pound Josh Langford play they'll all talk about two things: His athleticism and how hard he performs on the court.

"He's a tremendous athlete and he brings a lot of intensity and competiveness," Telep said. "He's a guy who is best in a situation where he can get out and run and get himself on the glass. Now he's got to (improve) his overall skill-set."

"Josh plays really hard and he's a good athlete," Scout.com's Evan Daniels agreed. "He's a kid that can only get better. He'll face guys up and attack off the dribble. Right now he lacks a good jump shot but that's something he can work on with two years of high school left. His calling-card is his athleticism and how hard he plays the game. He gets to the basket and he gets a lot of offensive rebounds."

This summer, Langford has shown enough flashes of potential from the perimeter to warrant Louisville's attention. Once strictly an inside player, Langford has clearly shown he can attack the basket and score with a solid mid-range stroke. Now, he must continue to hone his perimeter skills.

"There are skill guys and energy guys and he's an energy-guy," Telep said. "That's what he does best. He's really good playing at the rim. Adding perimeter skills is what he has to do. He's a blue-collar guy with a lot of bounce to his game."

"There's been a lot of (debate) about what he position he'll play at the next level. Is he a three or a four?" Daniels asked.

"He's probably more of an undersized four right now but if he continues to develop his jump shot he's quick enough to guard a three and he could eventually move out to (play) the three," Daniels said. "But he just plays so hard and I think that's one of the things that Louisville really liked."

Rated the No. 11 small forward prospect nationally by Scout.com, Langford is a solid foundational player that Rick Pitino can build his 2010 recruiting class around.

"I would call him more of a Top 100 guy," said Telep. "Right now what he has shown is the ability to get out and finish plays above the rim and play with a lot of intensity. The next step has to be a skill package from the perimeter to play small forward in college. He's got a lot of the raw materials. The question is whether he can put the pieces together and start adding things like that. He's already an attacking, slashing guy. But is he going to develop a jump shot now to keep everybody off of him?"

Daniels believes Langford definitely has a lot of upside to his game.

"He's a solid player right now that has a chance to be really good down the road," said Daniels.


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