blue adidas samba Langford reflects on busy month
It’s been a busy summer for Romeo Langford.
In a span of about a month, basketball took the New Albany rising senior to the adidas Eurocamp in Italy, the USA Olympic headquarters in Colorado Springs and Egypt where he played for the bronze medal winning U19 team last week.
Langford the fifth rated player in the 2018 ESPN 100 was one of four incoming high school seniors selected to the USA U19 team. It featured eight players that were either entering their first season of college basketball or had already completed a season.
“It was really good, just from being able to practice against those guys every single day and then being coached by three Division I major coaches,” Langford said in a phone interview Tuesday. “It was just a really good experience overall.”
John Calipari was the head coach of the squad. The assistants were Colorado’s Tad Boyle and Wake Forest’s Danny Manning. Langford said there was much to gain from the three coaches.
“I got to learn a lot every single day going into practice from them,” he said.”Not only Coach Calipari, but Coach Manning and Coach Tad they’re all really good coaches. Being able to be coached by those three every single day just helps you improve your game.”
Langford’s well known in the area and state as a dominant force, but he had limited minutes in the World Cup. He missed time with back issues, but came back and scored a tournament best eight points in the bronze medal game win.
The limited role was different for Langford, but he was still able to gain a lot from playing with the talented roster.
“It was cool being able to play with them,” he said. “When you play against guys like that, you only get better when you go against them.”
Outside of basketball, Langford was able to sight see a bit in Egypt. This included a trip to see the pyramids.
“I’ve always been interested in seeing the pyramids,
” Langford said. “When I realized I was going to be able to go to Egypt, that was one of the main things wanted to see. I didn’t want to go to Egypt without seeing the pyramids.”
Langford’s talent has allowed him to play on three continents this summer. He left the country for the first time during the trip to Italy and saw the Olympic headquarters and pyramids in the next two stops.
“That’s one of the reasons I like playing basketball, too, because I know where it can take me,” Langford said. “Being able to go outside of the country doing the one thing I love to play, it’s just a plus. It’s a blessing to be able to play basketball and travel, because many people in their lives don’t get to travel as much as I do.”
Langford was back home in New Albany for a couple days this week before heading to Spartanburg, South Carolina. His Louisville based AAU team, Twenty Two Vision, will play in the adidas Gauntlet Finale beginning Thursday.
The calendar will keep turning and, soon enough, Langford will be back in the Doghouse for his senior year.
“I’ll take away the things I’ve learned from all the coaches I’ve been playing for and the competition I’ve been going against,” Langford said. “I’ll head back to New Albany and use it to help my teammates. Hopefully that translates to a state championship.”
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