Romeo Langford

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Romeo Langford
No. 45 – Boston Celtics
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1999-10-25) October 25, 1999 (age 19)
New Albany, Indiana
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolNew Albany (New Albany, Indiana)
CollegeIndiana (2018–2019)
NBA draft2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentBoston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Romeo James Langford (born October 25, 1999) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers. Langford was ranked as one of the highest prospects in the high school class of 2018 and drew interest from many notable colleges before committing to play for the Indiana Hoosiers in 2018–2019 season. A shooting guard, he was drafted by the Celtics 14th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.[1]

High school career[edit]

Langford attended New Albany High School. Despite substantial interest from multiple prep schools, Langford chose to spend his four high school years at New Albany;[2] as a freshman, Langford led New Albany to a 23–3 record and the regional tournament while averaging 17.1 points and 6.0 rebounds.[3] In his sophomore year, he averaged 30.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game while leading New Albany to a 27–1 record and a class 4A state championship, the school's first state title since 1973. In his junior year, he averaged 28.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game, leading New Albany to a 25–4 record and to the class 4A state quarterfinals. On November 21, 2017, Langford opened up his senior season with a then career high 48 points in a 110–36 victory over Charlestown.[4] On February 1, Langford scored a new career high 63 points against Jennings County. Langford was rated as a 5 star recruit by Rivals, 247Sports, Scouts, and ESPN, which have praised him for his electric scoring and playmaking abilities.[5][6][7] On January 16, 2018, Langford was announced as a McDonald's All-American to participate in the 2018 game.,[8] where he competed and won the Legends and Stars Shootout competition.[9] Langford finished his high school career fourth on the all-time Indiana state scoring list with 3,002 points;[10] the penultimate award of his high school career, Langford was crowned Indiana Mr. Basketball of 2018 at the annual IndyStar Sports Awards ceremony. In addition, he was also named the Boys Athlete of the Year.[11]

Langford was recruited in high school by numerous high-profile schools, including Indiana, Louisville, Kansas, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, UCLA, and Duke,[12] and was visited by multiple coaches including John Calipari, Bill Self, Roy Williams, and Archie Miller.[13][14] On November 11, 2017, Langford announced via Twitter that he had narrowed his choices down to Indiana, Kansas, and Vanderbilt;[15] when asked about a timeline for his decision, Langford emphasized that he didn't want to rush the decision, and that he would "probably be making [his] decision after the season."[16] He announced on April 11, 2018 that he would declare his college choice on April 30 at New Albany High School.[17] On April 30, 2018, he announced his intention to play for his home state Indiana University.[1]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Romeo Langford
SG
New Albany, IN New Albany (IN) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Apr 30, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 95
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 6  247Sports: 5  ESPN: 5
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Indiana 2018 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  • "2018 Indiana Hoosiers Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved June 4, 2018.

College career[edit]

Langford was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times,[18] he averaged 16.5 points per game, the highest among Big Ten freshmen and the third highest all-time among Indiana University freshmen, behind Eric Gordon and Mike Woodson.[19]

After the season, Langford declared for the 2019 NBA draft, where he was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 14th pick.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Indiana 32 32 34.1 .448 .272 .722 5.4 2.3 .8 .8 16.5

Personal life[edit]

Romeo is the son of Tim and Sabrina Langford, and has two sisters, Tiffany and Tisha,[21] he began playing basketball in the first grade, and has expressed admiration for NBA player LeBron James.[22] Romeo has expressed pride in challenging himself academically through advanced classes and enjoyment in taking math, and noted that he desires a college that would allow him to get a good degree in addition to playing basketball,[13][23] he is a close friend of college football All-American Rondale Moore as the two grew up together on the same block in New Albany and played basketball together through their sophomore year of high school.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Romeo Langford decision: Mr. Basketball picks IU". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  2. ^ Winstead, Kenzie (November 27, 2017). "Romeo Langford says he never considered leaving New Albany for a prep school". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Neddenriep, Kyle (March 16, 2016). "'Total package' Romeo Langford drawing comparisons to Damon Bailey". Indy Star. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "Top 5 Recruit Romeo Langford Drops 48 Points". SlamOnline.com. November 22, 2017. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  5. ^ Davis, Tom (December 11, 2017). "NS on Romeo Langford, Part I: Managing the circus". The News-Sentinel. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  6. ^ Davis, Tom (December 12, 2017). "NS on Romeo Langford, Part II: Is defending the state's top player even possible?". The News-Sentinel. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Vance, Dan (December 13, 2017). "NS on Romeo Langford, Part III: Why he should go anywhere but Indiana University". The News-Sentinel. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  8. ^ Borzello, Jeff (January 16, 2018). "Top players named to McDonald's All-American teams". ESPN. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  9. ^ COOK, JOSH. "HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Langford's half-court shot helps team to win". News and Tribune. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  10. ^ Neddenriep, Kyle (March 17, 2018). "'Thanks, Romeo': New Albany star's storied high school career comes to sudden end". Indy Star. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  11. ^ Neddenriep, Kyle (April 29, 2018). "Romeo Langford of New Albany earns IndyStar Indiana Mr. Basketball". Indy Star. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  12. ^ Neddenriep, Kyle (April 9, 2017). "The Battle for Romeo Langford is on". IndyStar. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  13. ^ a b Page, Fletcher (May 8, 2017). "Meet New Albany's Shooting Star Romeo Langford". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  14. ^ Estes, Gentry (December 8, 2017). "Indiana coach Archie Miller checks out Romeo Langford in New Albany-Floyd Central game". The Courier-Journal. Retrieved December 9, 2017.
  15. ^ Grossman, Jack (November 11, 2017). "Romeo Langford trims his list to Indiana, Vanderbilt, and Kansas". Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  16. ^ Daniels, Evan (October 9, 2017). "Q and A with Five Star Guard Romeo Langford". Scout.com. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  17. ^ Page, Fletcher (April 11, 2018). [Romeo Langford announces date for college pick between Kansas, Vanderbilt and Indiana "Romeo Langford announces date for college pick between Kansas, Vanderbilt and Indiana"] Check |url= value (help). courier journal. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  18. ^ "Indiana and Maryland Earn Weekly Men's Basketball Honors". Big Ten. January 14, 2019. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  19. ^ Ohio State @ IU CBS Broadcast, 10 February 2019
  20. ^ http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/26439940/indiana-freshman-langford-says-enter-draft
  21. ^ Bozich, Alex (May 3, 2018). "Q & A: Romeo Langford's mother, Sabrina Langford". insidethehall.com. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  22. ^ Makris, Stefanos (August 28, 2017). "Romeo Langford Interview". NBADraft.net. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  23. ^ Maskulinski, Justin (January 13, 2017). "ROMEO THE PERSON: Langford remains grounded during rise to fame". News and Tribune. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  24. ^ https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2018/12/18/ius-romeo-langford-purdues-rondale-moore-were-buddies-new-albany/2335083002/

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