Romeo Langford: Hustle

Our scouting grades represent the composite opinion of at least three different scouts. Each category is graded based on how we view a player’s current ability level relative to NBA players at the same position (guard, wing, forward or big). A grade of 1 indicates replacement level, a grade of 5 indicates NBA average, and a grade of 10 indicates historically elite. Our composite scouting notes help provide context for our grades.

 

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Motor

Langford’s motor tends to run hot and cold based on whether he thinks he can affect a play or not. As a result he has a strong motor when directly engaged in an action. He will fight hard through on-ball screens and stay with slippery shooters off-ball. However, his motor rarely engages for out-of-area plays.


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Offensive rebounding

Langford does a good job at tracking down long rebounds and can bring added value on this end. He has an innate ability to high point the ball and is not afraid to jump with the trees and get hit.


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Defensive rebounding

All of Langford’s positive offensive rebounding qualities carry over to the defensive end. Moreover, he usually does a decent job boxing out his man and can keep big wings off the glass through his strength and technique. Sometimes he forgets to box them out when he is ball-watching or trying to leak out early, though.


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Transition offense

Langford is able to handle the ball at top speed which makes him an ideal leader of the break for Indiana. He takes long, smooth strides and keeps his head up while dribbling. He is good at utilizing his teammates sprinting with him, recognizing when one of them has built up a head of steam and could puncture the defense with the ball. He sometimes lacks an end game to his transition attack, though. He does not have an array of finishes at full speed and sometimes runs into a brick wall when a stronger defender can wall up his drive near the rim. He will need to put more pressure on the rim to fully utilize his strengths in transition with the ball.


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Transition defense

Transition is where many of Langford’s weak points on defense rear their ugly head. Given that he has trouble reacting to chaos in a timely manner, he is often helpless defending in transition. On multiple occasions he has completely failed to assess who in transition is the biggest threat to score. This extra second that he needs to figure these things out is often the difference between a contested and wide-open shot.