It’s Romeo Day in Indiana This Year

It's Romeo Day in Indiana This Year
The center of IU's recruiting universe played his very best on some big stages this weekend. (Photo: Greg Mengelt-News and Tribune)

Romeo Langford had a big weekend of great games against local rivals Jeffersonville and Silver Creek, turning Basketball day Indiana into Romeo Day Indiana.

It all began Friday night, with New Albany’s Doghouse packed to capacity as the archrival Jeffersonville Red Devils strolled in for a battle of Class 4A top-10 ranked teams. Langford’s athleticism and ability to finish in transition kept the Jeff defense back on its heels all night, as Langford dropped 33 points, 14 rebounds, and six assists en route to an 85-61 Bulldogs victory. The game wasn’t even close, with New Albany riding five of Romeo’s signature dunks to a 42-14 halftime lead before settling into a slower pace in the second half. By night’s end, Langford had moved past Mike Edwards for 11th place all-time in scoring in Indiana high school basketball.

A short 16 hours later, the Dogs were in Indianapolis, with the bright lights of Fox Sports Indiana’s TV cameras upon them as they prepared to take on the Silver Creek Dragons at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Pacers. Langford once again showed up big in a big moment, perhaps teasing the fans with the kind of performance he could be putting up on that same floor in an NBA uniform not too far from now. His astonishing 35 point, seven rebound, three assist performance took New Albany from a four-point deficit with one minute left before halftime to a 73-65 win that left the Dragons watching in awe as he dropped four NBA-range three pointers; this reporter can personally attest, having been in attendance, that the second of these was a jaw-dropper that Romeo casually buried with three defenders in front of him. He now sits 10th all-time in Indiana high school scoring, with James Blackmon, Jr behind him and Alan Henderson only 14 points ahead.

With Langford now the sole focus of Indiana University’s recruiting efforts for 2018, Hoosier fans will no doubt continue to become increasingly rabid as performances of this caliber stack up. Both a state championship and the Mr. Basketball award are within his sights, and the discussion of his place amongst state legends like Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, Damon Bailey, and others besides has been legitimized. From here until mid-March, when the season is over and Langford will make his choice, the pressure on IU coach Archie Miller to seal the deal and get a signed LOI will only continue to amp up. Even with an excellent class already lined up for next season, the bottom line is clear: any recruiting class that doesn’t have a guy named Romeo in it is just not good enough.

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I’m Derek Hutton, proud Indiana sports fan. Born in Indianapolis and raised in New Albany, IN, I’ve wanted to be in sports media since I used to read the sports page while watching ESPN as a six-year old. I’m dedicated to keeping you up to date on all your teams in both Indiana and Kentucky. Also, as a former play-by-play broadcaster, I’m excited to take my skills into the digital age as the cohost of Blue HQ Media Live.

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