Romeo Langford - Pick #14

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I can't seem to find the statistics, but in the Mike Schmitz video posted above, he said that Langford shot 66 percent at the rim last season, and that was on a poor-shooting Indiana team were teams could pack the paint against him. That seems like it could be an elite skill for him.
This article says that he took 118 non post-up shots at the rim and made 63.6% of them, which was in the 87th percentile: https://www.hothothoops.com/2019/6/19/18691378/2019-nba-draft-profile-deeper-look-indiana-hoosiers-romeo-langford-miami-heat.
 

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Thanks @JakeRae that was the thrust of my post.

The Next question is how often are "really good" no shooting skills (RLs driving ability for instance) mistaken for Elite level skills in a prospect? And are they as certain to translate.

IOW shooting skills are pretty easy to see. For instance consistently hitting 20 footers should translate to the NBA. Its like the Hoosiers quip..."The hoop is still 10 feet high and the diameter is still 18 inches and 20 feet is still 20 feet".

But skills like penetrating and shooting at the rim, rebounding and defense....are those more difficult to project because he was going against college players?


I guess the only other thing that makes me feel better about RL is that he is also still really young. If this was him at 21 I would be really bummed.
 
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This makes me feel really old. I remember Joe when he was 2 years old trying to dribble a ball around Rainone Gym in Johnston, RI. Shit, I remember being told that he was conceived!! FML.
I was thinking the same thing when I saw the picture, but you have me beat. I graduated from WVU a few years before him. He was one of my favorite players to watch during his time there, especially during their final four run in 2010. I remember that he ran the baseline in Huggins' very successful 1-3-1 defense and was an absolute menace.
 

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I was thinking the same thing when I saw the picture, but you have me beat. I graduated from WVU a few years before him. He was one of my favorite players to watch during his time there, especially during their final four run in 2010. I remember that he ran the baseline in Huggins' very successful 1-3-1 defense and was an absolute menace.
Yup he was one tough bastard. You are what your upbringing is.....and growing up bi-racial in what was at the time one of the toughest Italian neighborhoods around will make you tough.