Miller makes Langford, Fitzner additions official

Indiana made last week’s offseason pickups official on Monday, announcing the additions of five-star New Albany shooting guard Romeo Langford and Saint Mary’s graduate transfer forward.

In landing Langford, the state’s Mr. Basketball honoree, IU now has one of the top recruiting classes in the country. Rivals ranks Indiana’s 2018 class as the seventh-best in the nation and the top haul in the Big Ten. 247 Sports ranks IU’s class as the ninth-best in the nation and second in the Big Ten behind No. 7 Maryland.

Langford is joined by earlier signees Jerome Hunter, Robert Phinisee, Damezi Anderson and Jake Forrester.

“Romeo absolutely fits the profile of who you would want to represent the Indiana University men’s basketball program as a person, an athlete and as a student,” IU coach Archie Miller said in a statement. “He has a team-first mindset and brings great size to a position of need for us and makes the game look effortless. He can score in any situation. He can shoot over defenders and is relentless in attacking the rim. He has great vision and is a willing passer who makes others better. As a defender with a 6-10 ½ wingspan, he plays with great poise and discipline. He’s not afraid to challenge shots on the perimeter and will only get better as he embraces a strength program that will help him attain his goal of playing at the next level.”

Before stepping on campus this summer, Langford, Anderson and Phinisee will play for the Indiana All-Stars in June, giving the Hoosiers three future players in the event for the first time since 2012 and just the second time since 1989.

Fitzner, a 41 percent career shooter from 3-point range, gives IU another option on the offensive end. He’ll join IU’s program not long after graduating from Saint Mary’s later this month. He has one year of eligibility to use immediately.

“Evan is an experienced player who will have the ability to help us because he helps our team become older,” Miller said in a statement. “He is a career 40 percent-plus shooter from three-point range and is someone we are going to look for to stretch the floor with his range. He’s a physical presence who brings much needed depth to our frontcourt and his skillset gives us versatility that will be invaluable. The overall experience he gained at the high level he played over the last three years will be a tremendous asset to our program.”

5 comments

  1. In landing Langford, the state’s Mr. Basketball honoree, IU now has one of the top recruiting classes in the country. Rivals ranks Indiana’s 2018 class as the seventh-best in the nation and the top haul in the Big Ten.

    Goodbye, Preacher! ….Hello, Teacher!
    Goodbye, Tanners!…Hello, Banners!
    Goodbye, Hocus Pocus!…Hello, Defensive Focus!
    Goodbye, Galileo!….Hello, 5-star Romeo!

  2. Goodbye, Villain Chase! …Hello, Trophy Case!
    Goodbye, Imitator!…Hello, Initiator!
    Goodbye, Eastern Project!…Hello, Top Local Prospect!
    Goodbye, Lingo Lord!….Hello, X’s & O’s Chalkboard!

  3. Great job Coach Archie!! IU now has the players! You and your staff will coach them up. This will be a great season! Good luck! It will be fun to have Indiana back in the national conversation. Make the Final Four! GO IU!

  4. ‘Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in,
    To the power of the music that I write,
    The power of the music of the night…..’

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