Langford shows improvement

Huntsville (AL) J.O. Johnson standout Josh Langford's season is over. The athletic, 6-foot-6 Louisville commit (2010) made some big strides in his game during his junior season. A Top 100 prospect, the high-flying small forward could move up in the rankings this summer.

"He should be all-state," said Langford's coach, Ken Betts. "He's going to play in the north-south (all-star) basketball game."

Josh Langford averaged ‘about' 16 points and 12 rebounds as a junior. He led his team to a solid season, before bowing out recently in the regionals.

"We lost in the area," Betts said. "We finished up 19-12."

Rated the No. 69 prospect in the nation and the 13th-best small forward, Langford gained his national reputation with his size, athleticism and effective play around the basket, including an uncanny ability to grab lots of offensive rebounds.

This season, Langford, according to Betts, made some big strides with his offensive skills. That's an important development for a player that projects as a wing forward at the next level.

"He really improved on his jump shot from 15 feet and his ball handling," said Betts. "He's always been strong around the basket but with his improved jump shot he may have the best midrange game in the country."

Betts said there are still areas of his game that Langford is working to improve.

"We're working with him to get him to play faster and getting better on defense," Betts said.

Langford gave the Cardinals an early verbal last summer. He's one of three 2010 commitments for Louisville, joining 6-5 small forward Justin Martin and 6-11 center Jeremy Tyler. Tyler is rated the No. 6 prospect nationally, while Martin ranks as the No. 35 prospect in the nation.

"He's coming to Louisville, there is no doubt about that," Betts said. "We're also coming up to Louisville next season to play in the King of the Bluegrass."

Betts said Langford will probably play for the Alabama Lasers on the AAU circuit the summer.

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