CHICAGO – Don’t forget about the other Josh.
Though, to be clear, he prefers Joshua. That’s 2016 Michigan State signee Joshua Langford, who — along with the other 22 players who took part in Wednesday’s McDonald’s All-American game at United Center — has been overshadowed this week by the pending decision of 2016 MSU target Josh Jackson.
The 6-foot-7 Jackson (Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif.) — who has yet to announce between MSU, Kansas and Arizona — teamed with the 6-foot-6 Langford (Madison, Ala.) for the West team on Wednesday, with MSU signee Miles Bridges (Huntington Prep in Huntington, W.Va.) playing for the East team.
And in most years for MSU, years in which the Spartans don’t get a top-10 recruit (Bridges) and aren’t after the No. 1 recruit (Jackson), Langford would be the headliner. Ranked the No. 18 player in the class by rivals.com, Langford has a chance to start and make a big impact next season at the wing position for MSU.
MSU’s Denzel Valentine has thrown out the Kobe Bryant comparison with Langford’s game, and also said Langford’s workout habits impress him — and Valentine’s gym-rat tendencies are legendary around the MSU basketball building. Like Valentine, Langford uses an altitude mask at times to intensify workouts, and he gets them in whenever he can.
“I do a lot of 6 a.m. (workouts),” Langford said. “I try to work out three times a day. Sometimes I don’t even have lunch. I just go straight to the gym.”
And when he gets home from Chicago, Langford said he is going to break down MSU offensive sets from this season to see how he can fit in and how he should tweak his workouts. Langford’s game is not flashy, but it’s versatile and he said he could play some point guard in a pinch as well.
“He’s a team player, plays within the team,” Jackson said of Langford. “He loves to win. He’s tough. He rebounds. Can shoot the ball, get to the hole, and he’s very athletic.”