Romeo Langford: Background
Background bullet points:
Hometown: New Albany, IN
JUST LIKE: Josh Dallas (actor), Sherman Minton (retired Supreme Court Justice), John MacLeod (retired NBA coach)
Part of greater Louisville, KY area, JUST LIKE: Junior Bridgeman, Pervis Ellison, Rajon Rondo, Wes Unseld, Phil Simms (NFL)
High School: New Albany (IN)
JUST LIKE: Josh Dallas (actor), Edwin Hubble (astronomer), Josh Rogers (MLB Pitcher)
Most high-profile high-school players end up attending a prep school to perform in front of scouts, but not Langford. He stayed at home to attend his local high school for all four years, leading them to a state title as a sophomore.
Indiana Mr. Basketball 2018
JUST LIKE: Oscar Robertson (1956), Steve Alford (1983), Glenn Robinson (1991), Bryce Drew (1994), Greg Oden (2006), Eric Gordon (2007), Gary Harris (2012), Kyle Guy (2016)
Fun fact: The Zeller brothers swept this award; Luke (‘05), Tyler (‘08) and Cody (‘11) all won the award. Take that Plumlees!
Indiana Super Friends
Langford grew up on the same block as Rondale Moore, and the two played basketball together through their sophomore year of high school
From then on Rondale chose to focus on football, attending Purdue University where he broke numerous records as a freshman. He was a consensus All-American, All-Big Ten and the CBS Sports Freshman of the Year.
As a rising freshman at New Albany Langford made a pledge: to take honors and Advanced Placement classes, never get lower than a C-minus, have good attendance and exhibit good behavior. He followed through on that pledge, becoming a “Bulldogs Scholar” because of his exemplary grades.
Langford’s favorite subject is math. With other subjects you “have to know the right answer”—English, history, etc. But with math “you have to figure the answer out” and Langford prefers that process more.
In spring of 2017 Langford attended the visitation of a woman who lost the battle to cancer. He did not know the woman or her family but attended because he was told the woman’s 5-year old son looked up to him as his hero. He and the boy shared a moment of silence together as Langford showed his support of the young fan.
Langford would also show up at the birthday parties and events for his teachers, coaches and even the principal of his school. He knows the kids in the community, and they idolize him.
Points in Bunches
At the time of publish Romeo Langford is averaging 16.7 points per game, which ranks second all-time among Indiana freshman behind just Eric Gordon in 2007-08.
In high school Langford’s career-best outing was 63 points, and he averaged 35.5 points-per-game his senior season. He finished his high-school career fourth on the Indiana state all-time scoring table, just 17 points shy of second place.