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Romeo Langford - Is he worth a lottery pick?

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Romeo Langford - Is he worth a lottery pick?

Going into this season, Langford was seen as one of the best scorers and shot creators in this draft class. He was a consensus top 5 selection and in some cases, either #1, #2 or #3. But after watching lots of his footage I've began to realise something. Is Romeo Langford still even a lottery pick?

His defense has been awful, on some plays he is just so behind and getting stuck on screens. Sometimes he even gives up because he has already left his man wide open and doesn't hustle to even contest the shot. Romeo has all the tools to be a great perimeter defender and in high school he had some crazy defensive highlights. But those were highlights. Now having watched him actually play and not relying on highlights, I'm not a fan of his effort or IQ on defense. There was even one whole play against Duke where he cherry picked and let R.J. Barrett, 1. get the shot off, 2. get the rebound, 3. finish it easy. Why Romeo?

Since his junior season I've always thought the Langford was a bit of a ball hog who got a case of tunnel vision for too often. His playmaking instincts and will to pass the ball around is very poor for such a ball-dominant guard. Sure, he has his moments but more than often he is looking for his shot and without the ball in his hands he doesn't look very enthusiastic or willing to get involved.

Finally, his shooting percentages have been terrible. In some moments he looks like he has been losing confidence in his shot and looked flustered in isolation plays where last year he thrives going one-on-one against opponents.

When it comes to Romeo, I've realised that he doesn't have one distinct skill that stands out and for an NBA prospect that is a red flag to me. His effort and mentality is hugely worrying to me and if his shot isn't falling, he isn't bringing much to the table.

I've been doing a lot of scouting over the past week and watching lots of tape and to be honest, from what I've seen (including high school reputation), I'd take other freshman guards like Luguentz Dort, Kevin Porter Jr and possibly even Talen Horton-Tucker over Romeo Langford.


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I completely agree! Except he wasn't a consensus top 5 pick by any serious mock draft, let alone top 3, he was in the 5-10 range. I was never high on him, especially as he was always mentioned in connection with Cam Reddish, but heaven and earth are the difference between them. For me Langford was always an ineffective player, who put up empty scoring numbers. He wasn't even playable on U19 world events. His numbers is also inlfated by a somewhat weak Indiana roster.
As far as where to draft him, he's a Ben McLemore for me, he has his causes to be drafted relatively high, but I wouldn't touch him. After the top 3-5 pick the range is really wide (there's a big drop off in talent), so he stills could be selected in the lottery. He has until march to improve his game

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I think Langford;s range is

I think Langford;s range is late lottery to late 1st. I see Langford with a ceiling of Khris Middleton and a floor of Kentavious Caldwell Pope.

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Ineffective player? Empty

Ineffective player? Empty scoring numbers? What . . . When? During his high school career, New Albany was 110-10. The dude is one of the greatest players in Indiana High School basketball history.

Currently IU is 6-2, with losses @ Arkansas and @ Duke. They beat a very good Marquette team and Langford was phenomenal in that game. He's only had one bad game and that was vs Duke.

You can knock him for the U19 World games, but it's well documented that he struggled with back issues during that time smh.

If anything he should be more aggressive for IU considering their roster, especially with the recent injuries. My biggest issue is he's played a little too much within the flow of the offense.

He's not shooting the three ball well, but there's no way in hell his percentage remains that low the entire season. He's a good (not great) shooter, with good mechanics. He has to grow defensively for sure, but he's definitely not a bum defender or a liability at that end.

To each is own, but I don't agree. He's definitely a lottery pick.

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He had a very good HS career, that's a fact, we are talking about pro potential. And High School basketball is far from that with very few real players on those teams, even Mark Madsen was a 30 ppg dominant high schooler...
BallerScript made true arguments about Langford. And although I generally like the Hoosiers basketball, this team is pretty weak outside of Juwan Morgan (I'm a huge fan of him)... Duke is much closer to the teams Romeo will face as a pro, than a not so good Marquette team, whose best player is a 5'10 SG, Arkansas also has a lone Gafford as NBA prospect.
Anyway, Romeo will be a a lottery pick, but I think he'll have a Rodney Hood like impact in the League.

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You wrote that Romeo Langford

You wrote that Romeo Langford was an "ineffective player" and put up "empty scoring" numbers. That's crazy . . . What are you basing that on? His prep career or 8 games of college basketball? Explain . . .

The OP made great points about Langford, but he didn't write anything new. Langford's streaky shooting, inconsistent defensive intensity/engagement, vision while driving and the fact he seems to coast have been areas for improvement. He's definitely not a perfect prospect.

However, I think when it's all said and done, he'll be a mid to late lottery pick. The defensive tools are there. The offensive skill set is clearly there with potential to be a great scorer at all three levels. I don't see any of his weaknesses as being issues he can't improve with experience, film, etc. His upside is high. Do I think he'll be a superstar in the league? No. Do I think he has a chance to be an All-Star caliber player? Yes. He has a lot of growing to do, but he'll be a much different player by the end of this season.

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I never bet against the guys

I never bet against the guys who fight to get to the rack, no matter what. He makes it happen. I think guys like that are the most likely to be successful in the NBA. I’m not worried about one game against Duke. That an elite defensive team who targeted him. He’s one dude. I might take him as high as 4th or 5th.

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There's a very small chance

There's a very small chance he falls out of the lottery, there isnt much desire around the league for scorers who aren't great outside shooters and don't contribute in other areas.

But with that being said, he is still really young and I love the fact he chose to play at his in-state school and be the man instead of just a bit player on a stacked team. A lot of the issues he has can be fixed, and many of the top prospects have the same issues (motor, lack of Def awareness/effort).

I think his ceiling is Caron Butler, he has the physical profile to develop into the same type of versatile on-ball defender and would be an excellent 2nd or 3rd scoring option

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