2019 NBA Draft Profile: Romeo Langford
Romeo Langford is a long, talented scoring wing with excellent instincts as a finisher coming off a productive freshman season at Indiana. He emerged as a high-level prospect early in his career at New Albany High School earning a spot playing up on the USA team that won a bronze medal at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship and appearing in both the Jordan Brand Classic and McDonald’s All-American Game. Finishing his senior year ranked among the consensus top-8 prospects in the high school class of 2018, the New Albany native faced lofty expectations in his first year at Indiana, and lived up to his billing as a smooth scorer averaging 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Hoosiers to earn All-Big Ten 2nd Team honors.
- Possesses prototypical size for a wing measured at 6’6 in shoes with a 6’11 wingspan at the NBA Combine. Fluid athlete with great body control who is very comfortable looking to make things happen off the dribble.
- Played a significant role in his only season under Archie Miller serving as the Hoosiers’ first option and most dynamic player. Created his own shot prolifically from the wing finishing the year among the most efficient interior scoring wings in the country. Did a little bit of everything offensively showing a solid feel for the game, scoring in a variety of ways.
- Natural scorer whose ability to attack the rim shined as a freshman. 41% of his possessions came on Pick & Rolls, Isolations and Hand Offs as he spent a significant amount of time playing on the ball within the flow of Indiana’s offense. Not overwhelmingly explosive, but a good athlete with a knack for finding ways to get to the rim playing with pace and footwork. Has excellent touch at the rim and is able to score over defenders and from difficult angles. Scored a tremendous 1.346 points per finishing opportunity in the half court [87th percentile]—a remarkable number for how many of those opportunities came off dribble drives. Got to the line at a strong rate as well. Still figuring out how to pick and choose his spots in the half court the way he does in Transition.
- Shots were split 50-50 between jumpers and attempts inside last season. Scored 0.864 points per dribble jump shot in the half court [65th percentile] showing the ability to take what defenders gave him in the mid-range when they played him for his drive. Tosses in up-and-unders and floaters with soft touch from the mid-post. Has room to grow as a set shooter scoring 0.786 points per catch and shoot jump shot [21st percentile]. Has a fairly smooth release, but lacks a degree of consistency from beyond the arc. Played the large majority of the season with a torn thumb ligament. Could take his game to another level if he can keep defenders honest on the perimeter given the instincts he shows as a slasher.
- Does some little things showing good anticipation playing off the ball, the ability to change speeds and find the open man on the move, and the versatility to take smaller guards into the post.
- Ranked 5th in the Big Ten in Pick & Roll scoring (4.5 ppg)
- Ranked 5th in the Big Ten in Isolation scoring (1.4 ppg)
- Has significant potential defensively with his combination of length and agility. Fared well defending on the ball last season but is still early in his development as an off-ball defender. Chips in on the glass impressively.
- Allowed 0.409 points per Isolation possession [93rd percentile] showing good feet. Ability to fight through screens and anticipate away from the play is a work in progress.