After visiting Robert Phinisee last week and four-star guard Eric Hunter on Monday, Archie Miller continued his “inside-out” recruiting approach Tuesday.
According to multiple reports, Miller and new assistant coach Ed Schilling made the trip down to New Albany High School to talk with five-star combo guard — and the prize of the 2018 class — Romeo Langford on Tuesday afternoon.
A 6-foot-6, 195-pound shooting/combo guard, Langford is the 3rd-ranked player in the 2018 class by the 247 Sports Composite, and the top player in the state of Indiana.
Tuesday on the Kent Sterling Show, New Albany head coach Jim Shannon said the meeting with Miller and IU assistant coach Ed Schilling went very well.
Shannon told Inside the Hall after Miller’s visit on Tuesday: “IU is going to recruit Romeo very hard. There’s no question that they’re going to pursue him. They’d love to have him.”
This past Monday, Kentucky coach John Calipari also stopped by New Albany to talk with Langford. A few weeks prior and three days after winning the national championship, North Carolina coach Roy Williams paid the New Albany star a visit per multiple news outlets.
Duke and Kansas are two other programs that have been recruiting Langford very hard lately.
Langford averaged 28.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.1 blocks per game for New Albany last season and helped lead his team to a 25-4 record that concluded in a Regional Final loss to Castle.
His ability to score and create his own shot is what makes Langford a special talent. He can pull up on a fast break and in the half court, but also can beat his defender off the bounce for an easy deuce. Langford’s calm, steady demeanor reminds me of Washington star and potential No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft Markelle Fultz. Both players make excelling at a high-level look effortless and know how to put the ball in the bucket at an efficient rate.
Similar to Fultz, Langford needs to keep improving on the defensive end. If he can take the time to take the extra step and develop as a two-way guard, his long-term ceiling is limitless.