|Freshman||6’6″ 215||Shooting Guard||Indiana||DOB: 10/25/99|
|16.5 ppg||5.4 rpg||2.3 apg||FG: 44.8%||3 PT: 27.2%|
NBA Comparison: Josh Richardson
Strengths: Shot Creation, Ball Handling, Length, Athleticism, Attacking the Basket
Weaknesses: Outside Shooting, Efficiency, Shot Selection, Perimeter Defense
Langford came to Indiana as a five star recruit with big expectations on the season. The freshman showed that he can score the ball at a high level giving him a high ceiling as he continues to improve his game, but Indiana struggled as a team. He does most of his damage on the fast break or when driving to the basket, being able to use his speed and quickness to get past defenders before finishing at the basket. After he is by a defender, his athleticism is high level and he had plenty of highlight dunks in his one season at college. Athletically he would immediately be one of the better jumpers on a roster, and with his measurements he should fit in as a athlete from day one on the professional level. His wingspan at over 6’10” is solid, helping him finish around the basket and get his shot off against taller players. Langford can handle lead guard duties at times bringing the ball up and leading the break, which with his speed and quickness he will be asked to bring the ball up court at times with play making in mind. That should not be an an issue with ball handling being one of the strengths in his game, using crossovers and multiple other moves to create separation. His offensive game translates well to the next level having many of the attributes that scouts look for in young talent, and with some refining on his shot he could become a high level scorer as a pro.
The biggest question mark in his game is the fact that he struggled shooting the ball for most of the season, shooting three point attempts at 27.2%. His shot mechanics are going to need work and coaching up for Langford to be an NBA level shooter, and there is never a guarantee that a player will reach the necessary level of efficiency needed. As time goes on whether or not Langford was able to become an average outside shooter will have a large bearing on his overall success as a professional and there is no doubt that will be a major point of emphasis for whichever team selects him in the draft. When you consider how easily he is able to create shots off of the dribble or driving past defenders, there is a lot of untapped scoring potential by lacking a consistent jump shot. On the same note his shot selection was suspect at times, although that could be attributed to the freshman needing to score the basketball at a high rate for Indiana to be competitive and often forcing up bad shots. As a defender he has the tools with athleticism and good size/length, but he will need a solid defensive coach to help him adjust to guarding NBA level talent, which will take time. Ultimately, he has all of the skills and measurements necessary to make it in the league, but there is a lot of work to do, and Langford could be a steal if he slips past the lottery.
This shows you how Langford can attack the rim:
“If at first you don’t succeed, try again.” – Romeo Langford, probably. pic.twitter.com/W2AbqY81vS— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) December 15, 2018
Here is an example of his ability to get a steal and lead the fast break:
Langford is projected as a lock to go in the first round with some who view him as a top ten pick, while others think he will go in the back half of the first round. His ceiling as a professional is a starter level shooting guard, putting up above average offensive numbers while becoming a solid perimeter defender. The worst case scenario for Langford is that he is unable to improve his shooting percentages, leading him to be in a more limited role coming off of the bench to provide scoring spurts.