“It worked out with Joshua’s school schedule,” Langford’s father Tellus told Scout this week. “They weren’t playing, Michigan had a game and once the month of January starts it would’ve conflicted with our schedule.
“I wanted to get up while we had a break and we sat down with the coaches to check both schedules and this was an opportunity. Illinois was playing pretty well so I figured it would be a good game and it was definitely that.”
Under normal circumstances, a visitor the caliber of Langford’s status would make him the most important person inside Crisler Center on that night.
But Langford was forced to compete with the media firestorm and fan excitement surrounding new Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, something that actually ended up enhancing the experience.
“The atmosphere was great with the announcement of the hiring of Jim Harbaugh for the football program,” Langford’s father said.
Despite losing four straight games outside of league play to start the season, Michigan came to play and finished strong against the Illini.
“The non-conference schedule is just, they have a young team and some kids need to mature so now it’s time for the Big Ten,” he said. “The freshmen that started at the beginning of the season are now sophomores.”
Averaging 30-points, 11 rebounds and five assists early in his junior season at Madison Academy, Langford sees opportunity in Ann Arbor.
Never one to understand what it means to come off the bench, Langford would have a chance to start right away should he choose the Wolverines down the line.
“Playing time is definitely a factor in his decision, when Joshua decides on a school,” Langford’s father said. “And the fact that they don’t have a 2015 class really and 2016 is open for him to come in and play, that’s very intriguing for Joshua and myself.
“They see him at many positions, kind of how they use Caris LeVert, so I think that’s a position that can show Joshua’s playmaking ability and scoring, as well as making others better.”
Previously visiting Michigan during the summer, the Langford’s are growing more comfortable with the Wolverines’ program following Tuesday’s visit.
“I think Michigan’s academics kind of speak for themselves,” he said. “Being the number one public school every other year. But the way Michigan is recruiting Joshua, I feel like they do a good job as a staff and there’s not one coach that I don’t talk to or have a relationship with, not one coach that Josh doesn’t talk to.
“They do a good job of recruiting as a staff because the reality is that he’s going to be around all of the coaches, not just one or two, whichever school he goes to. It’s different and it’s refreshing to see them taking priority with Joshua.”
Not looking to release a list or leader at this point, Langford’s father simply added, “I’ll just say Michigan is doing a very good job. I’ll just leave it at that.”