By Russell Lorentz, Vandy Insider
Romeo Langford announced his college choice in front of many Indiana Hooiser faithful inside his high school gym in New Albany, Indiana Monday night.
The consensus was if he was attending Indiana, why not announce earlier – as Langford originally was set to announce at the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 28.
Vanderbilt, seemed to be a strong suitor for Langford’s services until the bitter end, as Langford seemed fit to team up with former AAU teammate Darius Garland in Nashville.
Langford, the top shooting guard in the 2018 class, and a likely lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft will spend his likely lone season as a college player in Bloomington for the Hoosiers, despite being a Louisville, Kentucky native.
Langford finished his senior season as Indiana Mr. Basketball, announced Sunday – which Vanderbilt Head Coach Bryce Drew took home in 1994.
Langford collected 3,004 points throughout his prep career, ranking first all-time in New Albany program history.
A 2018 McDonald’s All-American, Langford finishes fourth all-time in scoring in the history of basketball in the state of Indiana.
Romeo Langford chooses Indiana over Vandy
— The Hoosier Network (@TheHoosierNet) April 30, 2018
Despite the loss of Langford, the Commodores still maintain the 12th best recruiting class according to 247 Sports.
The class features a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans in Simi Shittu and Nashville prep star Garland, along with Top 100 shooting guard Aaron Nesmith – the Gatorade Player of the Year in South Carolina. Shittu is a likely lottery pick in the same 2019 draft, while Garland is projected as a late first round selection.
The duo of Garland and Shittu are the highest rated prospects in Vanderbilt program history, and the first five star prospects to sign since John Jenkins in 2011.
The Commodores return the likes of Joe Toye, while gaining the services of Notre Dame transfer – sharp shooting Matt Ryan, as well as Division II transfer Yanni Wetzell to beef up the frontcourt.
Next season is filled with anticipation as Vanderbilt looks to make a statement and bring the magic back inside Memorial Gym.
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