The Indiana Hoosiers got some tough news earlier this week as the program learned that star guard Romeo Langford would be foregoing his last three years in college and entering the 2019 NBA Draft. The news wasn’t surprising, but it was still disappointing for fans that may have been holding out hope of Langford making a return.
Langford only spent one season in Bloomington, but left quite a mark. He fit the model of a typical one-and-done player, entering campus as an undisputed five-star recruit. While Langford didn’t fully live up to the hype in his lone year with the Hoosiers, he did still average 16.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game last season.
Due to his raw skillset, many consider Langford to be one of the Big Ten’s best NBA prospects this year and a near lock to be selected in the first round. The biggest question appears to be whether he can find his way into the Lottery at this point. That debate is unlikely to be resolved before draft night.
For Indiana, Langford’s departure is an expected one, so there won’t be much fallout. The Hoosiers recruited well in 2019 and his slot has already been filled. Now, whether anyone can replicate his production remains to be seen, but Archie Miller and his staff certainly had a good idea this was coming.
The Hoosiers will be an interesting team heading into next season and this news does little to change that fact. BTP will certainly keep fans updated as the NBA Draft continues to approach.