“I like coach [Archie] Miller,” Langford told FloHoops.com at the recent Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn. “He gets the best out of his players and he proved that this year. Even though they weren’t that good of a team, having the best season, he got them ready for big games like Duke and stuff like that. And then they also got coach [Ed] Schilling. His individual development over the summer with guards, his resume says it all. He sent so many guys to the NBA when he was at UCLA. So those two are reasons I like Indiana.” At UCLA, Schilling helped the Bruins’ program send seven players to the NBA. In the summer of 2015, Kevon Looney and Norman Powell were selected in the NBA Draft. Five players from UCLA’s team in 2013-14 ended up competing in the NBA – Jordan Adams, Kyle Anderson, Zach LaVine, David Wear and Travis Wear. In 2017, All-American guard Lonzo Ball and forward T.J. Leaf are projected to be first round picks.
Line forming for Romeo Langford’s college announcement at New Albany HS. In two hours. Craaaaaaazy. pic.twitter.com/7In7vXJTnG— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelStar) April 30, 2018
Langford doesn’t figure to be at Indiana long. He’s the projected No. 5 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, per ESPN.com. “He’s a first-rounder for sure,” one NBA executive said. “He needs a more consistent 3-point game as well as to improve his mid-range game off of the dribble. He’s a good athlete who can be explosive in the open court. He’s better than [Hamidou] Diallo of Kentucky.”
Romeo Langford prediction: Indiana https://t.co/5IiiO1SJGl— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 29, 2018
As for Indiana, this represents a major recruiting coup for Miller heading into his second season at the helm. “Getting the elite player from your state, that’s what a state University is supposed to do,” longtime recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said. “And certainly at Indiana that’s quite a tradition that IU would get the best player in state. Certainly it would be landmark recruit for them.” Miller said last fall his goal was to secure the top talent in Indiana, and no one is a bigger star there than Langford, who scored 3,002 career points, won a state championship and finished 100-10. He was selected for the McDonald’s All-American Game, the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit. “Recruiting at Indiana starts and stops with the state, and then it kinds of moves itself out,” Miller told me in the fall just before Langford’s official visit in this Indy Star story.
Romeo Langford has committed to INDIANA ? @yeahyeah_22 @IndianaMBB pic.twitter.com/wwQaFw09RV— Overtime (@overtime) April 30, 2018