In May 2017, the new Indiana coach Archie Miller had spent only two months with his team after being hired away from Dayton. At the time, he had only made a passing reference about Hoosier State boy Romeo Langford while speaking to fans and the media. While he was only 25 miles south of the hometown of the local hero, at Huber’s Winery and Orchard, he said, “We can’t talk about recruiting. But I do know where New Albany, Indiana is.” He received a loud applause from the fans too.
The news spread like wildfire and the quote was tweeted several times. Langford retweeted it, showing some solidarity with the coach’s statement. One year down the line, the high-school player is all set to fill the court with team diehards. This Monday, he chose to leave the appealing option of Kansas behind to choose Indiana as his next team. Two other McDonald’s All-Americans are playing for Vanderbilt which could have been an interesting choice for him. However, he stuck with the home team.
Langford announced to deafening cheers of the fans, “I will continue my education and basketball career at … Indiana University.” The reasons behind is choice are obvious. Team fans love to see home-grown talents playing for home-grown teams. Langford is a five-star potential candidate. He is expected to be no. 6 in the Class of 2018, per 247 Sports’ composite rankings. He is also the fourth-leading scorer in the history of state high school basketball. This is not all, Langford is the highest-rated player after Eric Gordon in 2007 to pick Hoosiers.
Miller is trying to rebuild the core of the Indiana team and has now recruited three of the top four talents from the state. He has been trying to rope in the best from the state to create a team that is authentically their own. This team has the chance to make it big soon. Ranked 9th nationally, this team could be a game changer with this star in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. He, could singlehandedly change the direction of the game for this team, which has been charging at high speed, nowhere.
In the past 5 classes (since 2013), twenty-three home players have been raking up four and five stars. They included Jaren Jackson, Caleb Swanigan and Trey Lyles. However, only one of these twenty-three players signed for the team and it was James Blackmon who decided to stay home in the Class of 2014.
Peegs.com writer who has been following the team for a long time said, It’s truly impressive for Archie Miller to land a five-star in 12 months on the job when the competition included, at one point, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, UCLA and others — and when it was a down-to-the-wire battle with Kansas.”
He added, “For him to land an in-state player of this caliber in that setting takes it to another level. Hoosier Nation cherishes when it gets to watch Indiana high school stars and then see them head to Bloomington. Archie Miller and Romeo Langford just teamed up to give Hoosier Nation what it loves the most when it comes to recruiting.”
Langford is in the team and with his three-other four-star and five-star prospect recruits, he could be an unstoppable force.