Five-star prospect Romeo Langford’s decision to commit to Indiana last week was a major development for Archie Miller’s program for multiple reasons. Of course there’s Langford’s talent, but the New Albany, Indiana product is also the first elite, in-state recruit of the Miller era in Bloomington.
Langford’s been a big deal in New Albany for quite some time now, and before he makes the move to Bloomington his hometown will honor him. According to Justin Sayers of the Louisville Courier-Journal, the city of New Albany is naming a soon-to-be constructed basketball court at Kevin Hammermsith Memorial Park in Langford’s honor.
Groundbreaking is scheduled to take place at 6:00 PM local time Friday, with the project expected to be completed by July 14.
In the eyes of some this honor may appear to be a bit too much for a person of Langford’s age. But given everything he accomplished at New Albany High School, finishing his career ranked fourth all-time in Indiana high school history with 3,002 points and leading his alma mater to an Indiana 4A state title in 2016, it makes sense. And that’s just touching on what Langford has achieved on the court.
By many accounts Langford has been a positive influence in the New Albany community, and given the turnout for his announcement that he would attend Indiana it’s clear that he means a great deal to the people who have watched him grow up. Given his status a lot will be expected of Langford upon his arrival at IU, but this is something he dealt with throughout much of his high school career.
Dedicating a court to Langford will be quite the sendoff for the locals to give their native son, and he’ll look to have a similar impact upon his arrival in Bloomington.