Romeo Langford: Off-Ball Offense

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Movement & positioning

While Langford sometimes stands frozen on the perimeter without a strong feel for how to make himself more open for his teammates, he has also shown the ability to relocate and make decisive cuts. He has a solid understanding of where to be in these situations, but sometimes has trouble applying this knowledge within the flow of the game. This is a common theme for Langford; he knows what he needs to do, but the timely execution is sometimes lacking.


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Screening

Langford has rarely set screens at Indiana and screening does not figure to be a significant part of his game at the next level either.


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Shooting off the catch

Despite Langford’s low marks on the season off the catch, his jump shot leaves reasons for hope. He does not have the most mechanically sound release but he shoots it with confidence. His respectable free throw percentage and touch around the rim also make it seem possible that he can eventually extend his range.


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Shooting off movement

Langford’s shooting form lends itself better to shooting from a standstill or near-standstill off the dribble. As a result he has trouble decelerating and getting into his shooting motion after moving around. Occasionally he can shoot off movement from mid-range, but his form wanes when asked to shoot off movement from deep, where he would likely be asked to shoot off movement in the NBA. If he can find a system in which he can catch the ball from mid-range and use his jump shot as a threat to open up driving lanes, this could be an area of success for him. However this would be an extremely fit-dependent scenario.


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Finishing off movement

Langford’s finishing style lends itself well to scoring off cuts. He is at his best by far when he is able to build up a head of steam and power through defenders. When he senses an opening and decides to cut decisively, the results have been good. However, he does not always cut with purpose and can be reticent to take the cutting lanes that are his if he wants them.