Romeo Langford compared to Oscar Robertson and Abraham Lincoln, chooses Indiana

Romeo Langford compared to Oscar Robertson and Abraham Lincoln, chooses Indiana

Jack Pilgrimover 3 years

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To no one’s surprise, the top remaining uncommitted prospect in the class of 2018, Romeo Langford, has committed to Indiana. Langford, a five-star shooting guard out of New Albany, IN, chose the Hoosiers over Vanderbilt and Kansas. Considered a consensus top-ten recruit, he becomes arguably the most important recruit Indiana has gotten over the last 20 years. Just look at the line formed outside New Albany High School hours before the decision this afternoon. https://twitter.com/GreggDoyelStar/status/991060667930161157 When we got to the actual ceremony, however, it turned into an absolute classic right out of the gates. New Albany head coach Jim Shannon started things out by comparing his prized gem to NBA legend Oscar Robertson. https://twitter.com/ZachOsterman/status/991090143309303808 No pressure there, kid. Langford's pastor was the second of what seemed to be 35 guest speakers to share his input on the Indiana boy wonder. And boy did he give him praise. First we had Oscar Robertson and Damon Bailey. Next, we got Abraham Lincoln comparisons. https://twitter.com/phillipshoops/status/991092532774875137 Needless to say, Twitter had a ball with that one. https://twitter.com/DanWolken/status/991093624883548160 https://twitter.com/Sam_Vecenie/status/991098836306165760 And that wasn't even the best part of the announcement. Because in case you weren't aware going into it, this was Tim Langford's day to shine. Romeo's father took the microphone and quickly stole the show (in his mind, probably certainly.) He started out by talking about how "we" could've made "our" announcement however "we" wanted to, whether it be on social media, national television, etc. But he wanted to have it go "my way" and hold it in the New Albany HS gymnasium. Daddy Langford then talked about the list of schools he was interested in during the recruiting process, why it took so long for "them" to make a decision, and how "they" had to cut the list down to three. He followed it up by saying he didn't want to take up too much of everyone's time, but then continued to take more of people's time. He called out to Vanderbilt fans, then Indiana, then Kansas, to give an audible fan representation of those in attendance. He finished the cheer fest with the largest of all, "How many Romeo Langford fans are in the house?" He then went down the list of his son's flaws on the basketball court, calling out the fans/media analysts who say he isn't tough and played against horrible competition. He talked about how his son was double and triple-teamed over the last two years, and how his two games on ESPN proved the competition was elite, begging the audience to inform him of who else had to face similar adversities in high school basketball. All the hours he spent complaining to Coach Cal about not getting playing time in Egypt and serving as the manager for his child's services finally paid off. He had his one shining moment. The spotlight was finally on Tim Langford. But again, he "didn't want to take up too much of everyone's time," and the event was all about his son. Sure. When all the hoopla was over and it was time for an actual decision, Romeo very respectfully took the stand, gave out thoughtful thank-yous to those who recruited him and supported him throughout his high school journey, and made his much-anticipated pledge to Indiana. The only minute-or-so Romeo had the center-stage, things went great. The 35 minutes of non-Romeo talking/videos/speakers? Not so much. Good luck at Indiana, Tim! (Oh, and Romeo.)

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