SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Like most elite high school basketball players, Eric Gordon All Stars (Ind.) shooting guard Romeo Langford downplays the point of recruiting rankings.
“I don’t focus on rankings,” Langford said. “That stuff doesn’t matter to me.”
That said, even Langford had to admit that life has changed a bit since he made the jump from No. 24 overall in the ESPN 25 to No. 2 overall in the class of 2018 ESPN 60 last month.
The biggest change?
Recognition among his peers.
“The guys that were ranked ahead of me immediately know me now,” Langford said. “Where I would go to a camp or something before and not really know anyone, now I go in and everyone knows my name. They act like they know me.”
Makes sense for a player who upped his per game scoring average from averaged 17.6 points and 5.8 rebounds as a freshman to 30 points and 10 rebounds this past season as a sophomore at New Albany (Ind.) High.
“I can’t that I always knew things would go this way for me,” Langford said. “I did know that I had it in me though.”
And what does Langford think about suddenly being Mr. Popularity at tournaments and camps now?
“It’s pretty funny, but it’s cool,” Langford said. “I look at it like I’m getting the respect that I wanted from the guys that I play with. That just tells me that all the hard work I’m putting in is paying off.”
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