Calipari stops by, Langford nabs double-double
New Albany sophomore guard Romeo Langford turned in “sensational” performances against stiff competition over the weekend at an AAU showcase in the Atlanta area, per an ESPN analyst.
Langford averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds in three games at the 2016 Adidas Gauntlet tour, a showcase event for the top 15U, 16U and 17U AAU teams in the country.
He did so in front of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, who offered Langford last week. Calipari took a private jet Saturday from Indianapolis’ Nike Elite Youth Basketball League to Atlanta to watch Langford pour in 20 points on just nine shots to go along with 11 rebounds and a 7-for-7 clip at the free-throw stripe.
Later that evening, the five-star recruit totaled 29 points and 10 boards on 9-of-13 shooting. He opened the weekend with a 23-point, nine-rebound effort for the Eric Gordon All-Stars Friday. An injury sidelined him Sunday, but his team capped off a 4-0 weekend nonetheless.
ESPN college basketball recruiting analyst and former NBA scout Adam Finkelstein tabbed Langford “the total package” after watching the Class 4-A state champion, noting his “effortless smoothness” and above-average perimeter rebounding abilities. His 10 rebounds per game are tied for fifth in Adidas Gauntlet play.
In two years of Adidas Gauntlet play, Langford tops all scorers at 23.6 points per game, leading the Eric Gordon All-Stars a 7-1 record.
The showing comes on the heels of an eventful week for the 6-foot-4 guard, who picked up offers from Kansas and Duke last Monday before receiving the UK offer Thursday. Langford’s other early offers include Louisville, Indiana and UCLA.
A rising junior, Langford comes in as low as No. 21 overall on ESPN’s Class of 2018 rankings and as high as No. 4 on Scout’s list.