Langford among 20 candidates for Jerry West Award

Indiana freshman Romeo Langford is one of 20 preseason watch list members for the 2019 Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.

Lanford, a preseason All-Big Ten honoree, enters the college level as the fourth-leading scorer in Indiana high school history with 3,002 points. A two-time prep All-American, Langford was considered the No. 5 player nationally in the 2018 recruiting class by 247 Sports.

Langford and Nebraska’s James Palmer Jr. are the only two Big Ten players selected to the preseason watch list.

Named after Class of 1980 Hall of Famer and 1959 NCAA Final Four Most Valuable Player Jerry West, the annual honor in its fifth year recognizes the top shooting guards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

Here’s what the full watch list looks like:
Bryce Brown, Auburn
Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati
Kellan Grady, Davidson
RJ Barrett, Duke
KeVaughn Allen, Florida
Zach Norvell, Gonzaga
Justin Wright-Foreman, Hofstra
Romeo Langford, Indiana
Quentin Grimes, Kansas
Barry Brown, Kansas St.
Tyler Herro, Kentucky
Quinndary Weatherspoon, Mississippi St.
James Palmer Jr., Nebraska
T.J. Gibbs, Notre Dame
Mustapha Heron, St. John’s
Tyus Battle, Syracuse
Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech
Kyle Guy, Virginia
Jaylen Nowell, Washington
Fletcher Magee, Wofford


  1. It’s a wonderful life be recognized for pre- season awards before you ever play a college game.

    1. It’s a wonderful life making personal sacrifices and working your ass off for most of your life to be good enough to be recognized for preseason awards before you ever play a college game.

  2. Gail Goodrich (NBA Hall of Fame…5-1 / 99 lbs in 10th grade) should have an award named after him….He was part of that killer Lakers backcourt back in the day. First “Splash Brothers.” The sweet stroking lefty, Goodrich, was the #5 scorer in 1972. West led the league in assists.

  3. Guess such early recognition adds an additional level of anticipation/stress………And..The FBI trial thing has gone a little weird. Who has been cheated by the shoe companies seems to bo be an issue……..And… VO goes political.

  4. That’s why Oladipo had no problem defending LeBron James when President Donald Trump attacked the face of the NBA on Twitter, and that’s why he was in Hammond, Ind. on Friday. The Pacers star attended a campaign rally last week with former Vice President Joe Biden where he publicly endorsed Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly.

    Wow….I might have to change my mind on Oladipo. Be careful, Victor. Indiana hicks will turn on you.


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