Romeo Langford will miss at least the next two weeks with a dislocated pinky finger on his right (shooting) hand, New Albany coach Jim Shannon said.
That qualifies as big news in the high school basketball world. Langford, New Albany’s 6-4 junior star, led the Bulldogs to the Class 4A state championship last season. New Albany (15-2) is ranked No. 1 in the state again with 12 consecutive wins going into Thursday night’s game against Jennings County.
While Shannon hopes to get Langford back when he’s reevaluated in two weeks, the New Albany star will miss at least four regular-season games. And that will much a major crunch in Langford’s pursuit of Damon Bailey’s all-time state scoring record.
Bailey, the former Bedford North Lawrence and Indiana star, stands at the top of the list with 3,134 career points. Langford, averaging nearly 30 points a game again this year, is currently at 1,794 career points through Saturday’s 72-31 win over Jasper.
To have a realistic shot at Bailey’s record, Langford would probably need to be in the neighborhood of 2,100 points going into his senior season. Only four players (Dave Shepherd, Steve Alford, George McGinnis and Trevon Bluiett) have ever scored 1,000 or more points in a single season. Shepherd’s 1,079 points in 1969-70 is the state’s single-season record.
Langford scored 845 points last year as a sophomore (30.2 points per game).
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