Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
By ADAM ZAGORIAMINNEAPOLIS — Romeo Langford, the 6-foot-6 freshman shooting guard from Indiana, will declare for the NBA Draft, he told ESPN.com.
Langford averaged 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds during an injury-riddled season at Indiana, which failed to make the the NCAA Tournament.
He is the projected No. 10 pick in the Draft, per ESPN.com.
Langford told ESPN he tore a ligament in his thumb last November before the Duke game and was never right afterward.
“I think it’s fair to say that we never got a chance to see me at my best at the college level, especially since I’ve been playing with basically a cast on my thumb the whole season,” Langford said. “Obviously that throws off your shot. Even though I didn’t shoot as well as I’m capable of, I feel like I shot the ball pretty well in the second half of the season.”
He added: “I tried to keep going with the injury instead of shutting it down, just because I wanted to experience college basketball and I wanted to be there for my teammates and help them be all that they can be. I think that shows NBA teams how tough I am.
“I’m looking forward to showing NBA teams all the things that they didn’t see out of me during the college basketball season.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.