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Roy Williams Prioritizing Romeo Langford Viewings

Roy Williams watched the nation's No. 2 junior average 20 points in Las Vegas this week.

LAS VEGAS -- Romeo Langford is patient.

The Class of 2018 shooting guard from New Albany, Ind. soared to Scout.com's No. 2 overall ranking in the class with his play this year and nearly every major program in the country followed suit with a scholarship offer.

Except North Carolina.

The Tar Heels under head coach Roy Williams are notoriously diligent about offering scholarships to recruits. Langford spoke to Williams about the scholarship scenario over the phone recently to explain the process.

"He told me, North Carolina, they don't offer right off the bat," Langford said. "Everyone on his team, they'll tell you, he's their last offer. They'd like to get to know me, really get to know who I am and who I am as a person and talk to my family right now before they offer me."

Williams has been at the adidas Summer Championships multiple times this week to watch Langford and his Eric Gordon All-Stars teammates, showing the extent of his interest in the 6-4 guard and giving the impression that a UNC scholarship offer may indeed be imminent.

Langford's father handles the brunt of the recruiting phone calls for now, but Romeo is beginning to get a feel for the schools involved.

"I kind of talk to every coach once a week. I'll maybe call like 10 of them one day and 10 of them the next day," Langford said.

"[I want] to see if the coach is really into me, not [just] for my basketball talent. Even if I'm not with a college anymore, if I graduate, if he's still going to be with me."

Entering his junior season at New Albany High School this fall, Langford is still a long time away from a commitment.

"I'll probably wait until my senior year, see where everyone else goes and make my decision after that," Langford said.

Playing with a pass-first point guard is something Langford is intrigued with when it comes to picking a college, but for now, he wants to keep improving his overall game. At the adidas Summer Championships this week, Langford was one of the marked men in the field and he had some big games, including one in which he went for 40 points and eight rebounds.

For the week in Las Vegas, Langford averaged 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in six games.

"I've made a big jump this summer in the rankings and now everyone is coming after me."

One thing Langford would like to improve upon over the next few months is his perimeter jumper. After shooting it well during the high school season, Langford's three-point percentage has dipped during the spring and summer as he said it's his mental approach to shooting that is affecting it. Langford is also trying to develop into a more well-rounded player so that he can attack defenders in multiple ways at the next level.

"This summer, I haven't been shooting it as well as I have been during the season, so I've been working on my jumpshot and working a little bit to add the post to my game," Langford said. "I'm a bigger size guard, I'm going to be playing against smaller people at the next level so I want to work on the post."

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