Romeo Langford, the fourth-leading scorer in Indiana high school history, has decided to play his likely one-and-done season of college basketball close to home at Indiana University.
Langford, a 6-foot-5 senior shooting guard from New Albany (Ind.) High School, who is ranked No. 5 in the recruiting class of 2018 by ESPN.com and No. 6 by both Rivals.com and 247sports.com, on Monday night announced for the Hoosiers over Kansas and Vanderbilt.
Langford, who averaged 35.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 steals a game this past season, revealed his decision in front of a crowd estimated at 4,000 fans in his high school gym. In all, 85 credentialed media members covered the ceremony.
He wore a white shirt, bow tie and gray slacks as he announced for Indiana by picking up an Indiana hat off a podium and placing it on his head. The IU hat was situated in the middle, with a KU hat on his left and Vandy hat on his right.
“I knew I had to make a decision sooner or later. I put every factor into place. I thought of everything like head coaches, assistant coaches. Every factor I felt like Indiana was the best fit,” Langford told reporters.
“It means a lot,” he added of staying in state to play college ball. “Me being Mr. Basketball (in Indiana), I know they (fans) were looking forward to it. There haven’t been many Mr. Basketballs go there. I can’t wait to get there and play at Assembly Hall.”
Meanwhile, KU, which has one scholarship to give in the recruiting class of 2018 — two if Udoka Azubuike decides to keep his name in the NBA Draft — has immediately started pursuing another guard.
Joe Cremo, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound junior from University at Albany, will visit KU this weekend, Cremo told ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman on Monday.
Cremo, who will be a graduate transfer and will be immediately eligible to play in games at his transfer destination, averaged 17.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists this past season at Albany.
Known as an accurate long-range shooter, Cremo hit 76 of 166 three-pointers (45.8 percent) for the Great Danes (22-10). Overall, he hit 182 of 397 shots (45.8 percent). He is a career 41.8 percent three-point marksman and has made 85.1 percent of his free throws.
Cremo, a native of Scotia, N.Y., who won two state titles at Scotia-Glenville High School, will visit Villanova on Wednesday. He’s also made trips to Texas and Creighton while mentioning Gonzaga, Oregon and Penn State as possibilities in the past.
“The whole point for me is to be a complete player,” Cremo told Texas.rivals.com. “How can you be complete if you’re just a shooter? I want to elevate people around me and make them the best they can be and try to do that on both ends of the floor. Scoring for me, I’ve never forced it. Let it come to me and play to my strengths … that’s what I’ve always seen with the best players.
“I’ve always been a guy to try to get guys involved, be a complete player, elevate my defense and keep getting better. Offensively, I feel like I can do much more than shoot the ball. I’m not a freak athlete, but making plays for other guys. … that’s where you have to find the fit,” he added.
Cremo recently outlined his reasons for a transfer to the Albany Times Union newspaper.
”I am 21 years old and I have to make decisions for myself,” Cremo said. "Sometimes, that does not make everyone happy. I have one year left. I want to challenge myself to the highest level. I am taking the chance for that.
“This was not a one-day decision. After the season ended, I put a lot of thought into it and talked to a lot of people in my corner. We felt this was the right thing to do.”
Albany went 22-10 last season but lost to Stony Brook in the quarterfinals of the America East Tournament, making him 0-for-3 in bids to make the NCAA Tournament.
“This is nothing personal,“ Cremo told the Times Union. “I have been someone who has been loyal his entire life. I have been loyal here for three years. I am going to miss everyone. It's tough. The fans, seeing the fans after every game … 20 people might be coming up to me to say hi. People who really know me and understand me know that this is not a decision of me being selfish because we haven't won a (America East) championship. I care about all the people (at Albany).”
Cremo has played in 100 career games. He’s scored 1,469 points, eighth most in school history.
“Going 0-for-3 in not getting to the NCAA Tournament was tough,“ Cremo said in an interview with Duck Territory, a 247sports.com Website that covers Oregon. “I've loved my time at Albany and have enjoyed the three years. Being able to graduate in three years was great, but I want to try and play in the NCAA Tournament and playing in a one-bid league makes it really tough.”
He outlined what he’s looking for in a school.
“Playing uptempo is going to be important, playing to my versatility,” Cremo told Duck Territory. “Being able to show I can run the point but I can also be that spot-up shooter. Playing time is also going to be important. I would be lying if it wasn't. I understand nothing is given and I'll have to earn my time, but I don't want to go somewhere that can only give me 10 or so minutes a game.”
He stressed he is taking his time in the recruiting process.
“I've never really been recruited before. I committed to Albany my junior year and never played AAU basketball or even took an official visit to any other school,“ Cremo told Duck Territory. “This is all new to me. I just want to find the right fit.”
KU has signed guards Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes, forward David McCormack and wing Ochai Agbaji so far in the recruiting class of 2018.