If you follow high school basketball and aren’t yet familiar with the name Romeo Langford, you will be soon.
Langford, a 6-3 guard, is one of the state’s top prospects in the 2018 class. As a freshman at New Albany, he averaged 17.6 points and 5.8 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to a 23-3 record and a Class 4A sectional title. New Albany nearly upset Evansville Reitz in front of a huge crowd in the Seymour Regional, falling 64-59.
“For my first time playing on the varsity level, I feel like I did pretty well,” Langford said. “After the first couple of games, I got used to the pace and physicality of the game. I just went on from there.”
Langford is playing up an age group this spring with the 2017 Eric Gordon All-Stars, showing a strong all-around game last weekend at the Adidas Gauntlet event in Fishers and Noblesville.
“My ballhandling and strength is what I need to work on,” he said. “I want to show I can play offense and defense, both sides of the court.”
Langford said he’s very early in the recruiting process and isn’t putting much focus on it just yet. He said Butler, Indiana, Louisville and Ohio State are currently showing the most interest. He made visits to games at Butler, Indiana and Ohio State during the season.
“(The college coaches) tell me every time I step on the floor to play my hardest no matter what,” he said.
Langford said the experience of playing in front of so many fans in the regional against Reitz was a valuable experience, despite the loss.
“We should have beat Reitz,” he said. “But we played our hardest that game, so I’m not mad about the outcome of that game. It was crazy. You couldn’t hear nothing. It was the best team we played the whole year.”
• Brownsburg senior guard K.J. Walton, an IndyStar Indiana All-Star, is taking an unofficial visit to Missouri on the weekend of May 8-9. The 6-3 Walton recently picked up an offer from Missouri.
Walton, ranked No. 103 by Rivals.com in his class, is one of just eight uncommitted players in the Rivals 150 for 2015. There is a possibility Walton could attend prep school for a year and reclassify to 2016.
• Park Tudor 6-9 sophomore Jaren Jackson Jr. added an offer from Illinois on Tuesday night, two weeks after he picked up an offer from Xavier. Jackson Jr. also has offers from Butler, Indiana, IUPUI and Purdue.
Jackson, who averaged 9.1 points on Park Tudor’s Class 2A state title team, said he’s working to become a better leader as he goes into his junior season.
“I need to be a leader because we’re working to win a 3A state championship now,” he said. “We’re moving up classes and that’ll be huge so I need to be a better leader and a better scorer.”
Other schools showing interest include Georgetown, Michigan and Michigan State.
“Hopefully I can get up to Michigan and Michigan State this summer,” Jackson said.
• Tech guard C.J. Walker, a IndyStar Indiana Junior All-Star, was offered by Missouri on Thursday. Walker, a former Purdue recruit, was offered by Illinois on Wednesday. He also has offers from Butler, Cincinnati, Florida State, Iowa, LaSalle, Penn State, Pitt, Texas A&M, Wichita State and Xavier.
• Southport junior Joey Brunk picked up an offer from Missouri on Wednesday night. … Roncalli senior guard Jimmy King has committed to the University of Indianapolis. The 6-4 King had Division I interest but opted for the Division II power. … Illinois made a pair of offers locally in the 2017 class, to North Central’s Kris Wilkes and Southport’s Paul Scruggs. … Lawrence North’s Kevin Easley, one of the top in-state 2018 prospects, added an offer from Temple. … Grant Leach, a 2014 Hamilton Southeastern graduate, picked up an offer from Missouri-Kansas City.
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