Report: Langford to declare for NBA Draft

Romeo Langford will declare for the NBA Draft.

The Indiana University freshman guard told ESPN on Thursday that he plans to make his declaration official next week, beginning the pre-draft process and potentially ending his college career after one season in Bloomington.

Langford also told ESPN he was scheduled to undergo surgery in Indianapolis on Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his thumb that he suffered in late November. An Indiana program spokesman confirmed to The Herald-Times that Langford had surgery on his thumb on Thursday. A message left for Langford’s father, Tim, was not immediately returned.

From the time he committed to IU on April 30, 2018, this appeared to be the natural chain of events for Langford, who is considered the No. 11 overall prospect in this year’s draft pool, according to ESPN.

Although the 19-year-old’s skill set is far from polished — he was merely a 27 percent 3-point shooter for Indiana — Langford is betting on himself to prove he has staying power at basketball’s highest level.

“I think it’s fair to say that we never got a chance to see me at my best at the college level, especially since I’ve been playing with basically a cast on my thumb the whole season,” Langford told ESPN. “Obviously that throws off your shot. Even though I didn’t shoot as well as I’m capable of, I feel like I shot the ball pretty well in the second half of the season.”

Langford said he injured his thumb before Indiana’s Nov. 27 ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Duke, a game where he scored 13 points, while going merely 3-for-11 from the field. In the six games prior to his thumb injury, Langford still shot only 26 percent (6-for-23) from beyond the arc.

In his 26 games after the injury, Langford made 27 percent of his 3-point attempts.

“I tried to keep going with the injury instead of shutting it down, just because I wanted to experience college basketball and I wanted to be there for my teammates and help them be all that they can be,” Langford said. “I think that shows NBA teams how tough I am.”

Even with his shooting struggles from the perimeter, Langford enjoyed an exceptional season with the Hoosiers. He finished the 2018-19 campaign as both Indiana’s leading scorer and the top freshman scorer in the Big Ten, averaging 16.5 points per contest.

His freshman scoring average ranks fifth in IU history behind only Eric Gordon (20.9 ppg), Mike Woodson (18.5 ppg), Don Schlundt (17.1 ppg) and Calbert Cheaney (17.1 ppg). Langford’s 528 total points scored are the third-most by an Indiana freshman, trailing Gordon’s 669 points in 2008 and Cody Zeller’s 563 points in 2012.

Should Langford go through with a jump to the NBA — and with senior forward Juwan Morgan graduating in May — rising senior Devonte Green would be IU’s leading returning scorer next season.

Green averaged 9.4 points per game as a junior, and enjoyed an especially productive seven-game season-ending stretch, during which he contributed 15.4 points per contest. Langford yielded his starting spot to Green during IU’s three-game run in the NIT, sitting out the event to recover from a back injury suffered during the Hoosiers’ one-and-done trip to the Big Ten Tournament.

This story will be updated.

10 comments

  1. Weeelll, that wasn’t exactly unexpected. Amazing he was able to do what he did with the torn ligament. Unless he changes his mind and hires an agent, looks like CAM has got 3 slots now.

  2. Devonte Green would be IU’s leading returning scorer next season.

    Scary times…Scary times.

  3. And in other news, it was announced that the sun will set in the west.

    I predict he’ll be drafted between 10 and 15. I wish he and his family all the best.

  4. Interesting to learn that he played since Nov with a torn ligament in his shooting thumb. Tough kid. Never complained once, or made any excuses. Despite grown man babies criticizing him all year.

    He’ll find his shot with a healthy hand and have a great NBA career.

  5. “Saved by Zero” is a reference to the Buddhist mantra Śūnyatā. Fixx frontman Cy Curnin reflected on its meaning in a 2008 interview:
    “It was about looking at your own life, not so much about amassing material things but about experiences that lend you to be blissful… The song was written from the point of view of the release you get when you have nothing left to lose. It’s sort of a meditation. It clears your head of all fears and panics and illusions and you get back to the basics, which is a Buddhist mantra, which I practiced back then, and which I still do. The idea of the song is how great it is to get back to zero. (courtesy: Wikipedia / Cyril John Curnin / the Fixx”

    We should have had a ‘Club Zero’ student section in Assembly dedicated to Romeo…. Did the friggin’ pep band ever even play the tune?

    Nothing to lose? What a concept. What a mantra. If only college basketball could be expunged of the ‘material things’ and wholly about the ‘experiences?’ If only the game could be ‘Saved by Zero.’

  6. The “purity” of 4 year, hard-working, non-career minded athletes is gone. Because, 1) we know those people in the past were just better human beings and 2) we know those people were just vastly superior human beings.

    To get back to developing vastly superior human beings, here’s the only way it’ll work:

    1) NCAA ends all TV rights effective immediately. ESPN, CBS, Fox and all conference networks. No more national broadcasts. The only way you can experience a game is to attend it, or listen to AM radio, who will not be allowed to advertise during the broadcast. Also, you can’t listen to it on the internet, because Mark Cuban might still be getting residuals on that “genius” technology.

    2) No more apparel deals for schools. No more selling of school’s branding on anything other than school books, which when used, will be sent to third world countries to build the foundation for affordable housing. Players will have to provide their own shoes, which means they’ll have to skip class to wait in line for the new Jordan’s to be released. Hall passes are given at the discretion of the professor in accordance to their attendance policy.

    3) Players must play barefoot. We know what sissies today’s current coddled players are with their concussion protocols and such, so they have to play without shoes.

    4) No more ads in the stadiums, no naming rights to stadiums. No practice facilities. No players lounges. Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller will get refunded their checks, so they can spend it on hookers and blow, like proper pro athletes.

    5) No more donations from boosters. Since the apparel market is banned, Nike, Adidas, & Under Armor will be forced to shift to bribing toddlers to wear their new back to school items.

    6) Luxury boxes in stadiums will be filled in with concrete. Perhaps anyone with cash on them, they’ll be strapped down and entombed in the concrete, because they suck and ruin everything.

    7) The NCAA tournament will be held in a barn in Indiana. Because only Indiana has people that know how to play basketball. No one, but the families of teams in the tournament can watch it in person, and it will be free to attend. Only one journalist will be allowed to attend. Mike Miller wins the lottery and gets to the soul journalist covering this pure event.

    8) Kids have to stay for 4 years and never ever transfer. If a kid does want to transfer, he has to go on Twitter and apologize to every single fan of their previous team individually.

    9) Coaches will volunteer their time, and they’ll be allowed to have house painting businesses in the off season.

    10) A time machine to bring players from 1976 back to present. Because this generation is far too gone to be helped, we can only have vastly superior human beings from the age of basketball purity to play in today’s game.

    Finally, an authentic product in 2020. No more money tainting anything. No more rotten, selfish players. No more bad people. Only good people. Basketball will be watchable…er, well, listenable…again.

  7. Hey Ron…if you see this,

    Greetings from Heber City, Utah. Just a stopover between Oregon and Colorado. Nice place. About a gazillion times nicer than Salt Lake City.

  8. Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’….should be our Hoosier mantra.

    Billy Preston explained it best. Invested.

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