ROMEO LANGFORD 2019 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 215 POUNDS
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LOTTERY PICK (HAS VERY GOOD CHANCE TO BE A TOP 7 PICK)
- Highly polished offensive game inside the paint; shows an advanced combination of footwork and scoring moves with both hands
- Long arms (6-foot-10 wingspan) and solid vertical leap allows him to elevate his shot above defenders and pull down rebounds
- Loves to go one-on-one with his defender and take him to the hole, understands how to set up his defender to get by him and/or draw fouls
- Can shoot the three-point shot, and shows solid shooting mechanics to where the deep ball can be further developed
- Adequate-to-above-average athlete, but certainly not elite in this category
- Much more of a downhill scorer, and not someone through whom you can run the offense
- Doesn’t the have elite speed or an explosive first step to match his attacking playing style
- Shows flashes of utilizing his length and footwork on defense, but effort tends to be spotty
A consensus top 10 recruit in the class of 2018, Romeo Langford had his choice to attend any college he wanted. The McDonald’s All-American made Indiana head coach Archie Miller one happy man when Langford decided to be a Hoosier. He Indiana’s most decorated recruit in years.
While many of today’s wing players like to fashion themselves as do-it-all offensive Swiss Army Knives, it’s very clear what Langford’s skill-set entails: put the ball through the hoop, and attack the rim as much as possible.
That’s why there are many people who are starting to mention someone like James Harden, as a comparison for the upside of Langford. While it might seem a bit hyperbolic to compare Langford to the reigning NBA MVP, it’s not totally baseless either. Langford’s ability to finish around the hoop in a myriad of ways at such a young age, and his proclivity to draw fouls is very similar to the skill-set of the NBA’s most famous bearded player.
Langford doesn’t have Harden’s explosive first step when attacking the hole, but does already have a feel for how to set up defenders to get by them. The other major difference is the consistent outside shot; Langford has the potential to make that a major part of his arsenal, but it’s just not fully developed as of yet. NBA veteran Khris Middleton might be a more accurate projection of Langford’s upside. Middleton has been a very solid NBA 2-way player.
The upcoming 2019 NBA Draft looks to be very top heavy with a lot of uncertainties. A player with Lanford’s talents and abilities might end up making him a better pro than college player. With his ability to score one-on-one and his overall traits, look for Romeo Langford to be a lottery pick at the very least.
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