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Romeo Langford 2019 NBA Draft Profile

The 2019 NBA Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects in the 2019 NBA Draft. Indiana guard Romeo Langford spent one year at Indiana before deciding to go pro.

Background

Position: Guard

Class: Freshman

2018-2019 stats: 16.5 points per game, 5.4 rebounds per game, 2.3 assists per game, 0.8 steals per game, 0.8 blocks per game, 44.8% field goal, 27.2% 3 point

Size: 6-foot-6, 215 pounds

Langford was one of the best recruits in the country, as 247 sports ranked him fifth in the entire class. The Indiana native decided to stay in state and play for the Hoosiers and Archie Miller for his one season of college basketball.

At Indiana, Langford was able to make the All-Big Ten Team. The Hoosiers have had to rebuild under Miller and Langford helped get the team on the cusp of the NCAA tournament, but they just missed out. They lost in the quarterfinals of the NIT to Wichita State. Over the course of the season, Langford had his fair share of high scoring games, but also had some games where he failed to play to his potential.

All in all, Langford was a great prospect going into college basketball and developed his skills enough to be able to enter the draft. He is currently projected to be picked near the back end of the lottery.

Strengths

Langford has good size and a nice build for the NBA already. At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, he will look like he’s in the right place as a two-guard in the NBA. With his size and length, he should be able to create his own shot, while at the same time guarding decently big players on the perimeter.

Getting to the basket is what Langford will do the best early on in his NBA career. He is a good driver and has the quickness and size to get to the room and finish. Langford is also good in transition, as he can weave through traffic and get up the court quickly. He will be able to generate his own shot because he is talented with the ball in his hands.

While rebounding isn’t the most important thing for a guard, Langford was able to do it at a good rate in college. He averaged 5.4 rebounds per game last season, demonstrating good instincts of where the ball would go and good athleticism to go and get the ball.

Weaknesses

His shooting will come into question a lot by NBA executives. Langford shot 27.2 percent from three-point range last season and will have to really improve that number to be a great offensive threat. To go along with the bad three-point percentage, Langford shot less than 50 percent from the field. He draws a lot of fouls, but needs to improve his 72.2 percent from the free throw line.

With his shooting being underwhelming, Langford needs to make sure to improve his shot selection. He takes shots that are contested and others when there is a lot of time left on the shot clock. If he improves his shot selection, Langford will be a much more efficient player.

Langford’s playmaking ability is inconsistent. Sometimes he can set up his teammates well for open shots, while at other times he gets careless with the ball and turns it over. His assist to turnover ratio was 2.3 to 2.1, which needs to improve at the next level.

Projected Draft Range: Lottery pick-Mid first round

 

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