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UNC Getting to Know Romeo Langford

Romeo Langford expects to hear more from the Tar Heels this summer.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The North Carolina coaching staff tracked Romeo Langford, the No. 1 shooting guard in the 2018 class, during the live spring sessions, and is poised to increase its interest this summer.

The rising 6-4 junior from New Albany (Ind.) averaged 23.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game during the spring Adidas Gauntlet series.

“Duke, Louisville, Kansas, kind of the ones that offered me, and North Carolina, even though they haven’t offered me,” said Langford when asked about his college suitors.

Despite the lack of an offer from UNC, Langford indicated he believes one is forthcoming.

“Once they (UNC) can talk to me, they said they would like to get to know the family and stuff before they offer," he said. "It shows that they are really interested in me and not just into what I can bring to the school.”

Langford attempted to parlay his strong spring on the AAU circuit into a spot on the USA U17 team this past week, but did not make the cut.

“First practice I had to get used to the altitude, but then I got the hang of it,” he said. “I think I’ve done well and showed that I could play defense and pass the ball.”

With a plethora of talented wings in the tryouts, Langford had his ups and downs in his first USA basketball experience. After blending into the crowd during the first two practices, the soft-spoken 16 year-old began to show his high skill level during both the drills and scrimmages.

“Coaches talked to me about some stuff, so I just wanted to show that I can pass and be versatile,” said Langford. “They know I can score from AAU, so I just wanted to show some different stuff. I’m not a rah-rah guy, but I’ve been trying to talk on defense in order to help my team.”

Based on his current skill-set, Rob Harrington previously noted “he reminds me of former Tar Heel Wayne Ellington.” Along with Langford’s size and scoring ability, he is also a highly regarded athlete. At the Adidas Uprising Training Camps, Langford recorded a 33.5-inch standing vertical which was similar to the standing verticals Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson recorded at the NBA Draft Combine.

The next opportunity for Roy Williams and the UNC coaching staff to watch Langford will be in Spartanburg (S.C.) during the first July live period as Adidas hosts their Gauntlet finale.

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