After months of waiting, it’s finally tonight.
Romeo Langford will make his college decision tonight at 7pm, at New Albany High School, in front of what will likely be a crowd of over 3,000 people at his high school gym.
This has been the most scrutinized drawn-out commitment that IU has been a part of since Thon Maker’s. But unlike Maker’s quixotic search, which ended with him taking a post-grad year and declaring for the NBA Draft, the momentum has shifted towards IU from the other two schools in recent weeks. Recruiting experts Jerry Meyer, Jeff Borzello, and Evan Daniels all predict Langford will end up with the Hoosiers. In addition, Langford was just named Indiana Mr. Basketball last night, and is the #6 overall recruit in the class of 2018.
Here’s how Langford would help each of his final three teams next season:
If Langford chooses Indiana: This would be the biggest commitment as of yet for Archie Miller in Bloomington. With in-state recruits Robert Phinisee and Damezi Anderson already lined up to play for IU next year, Langford would top a huge in-state recruiting class for a program that had trouble getting Indiana players in Tom Crean’s final years. With Langford, the Hoosiers could be a top-four Big Ten team, especially if Juwan Morgan returns for his final season.
If Langford chooses Vanderbilt: The Commodores have put together a the 12th-best recruiting class already, featuring 5-stars Darius Garland and Simi Shittu. Adding Langford to this list could make Vandy an SEC contender, despite a disastrous 12-20 season last year. That being said, Vandy also has 4-star 6-5 shooting guard in Aaron Nesmith committed for next year, so there’d be overlap in skill and position between him and Langford.
If Langford chooses Kansas: After a Final Four berth and a win over Duke in what might have been the best college basketball game of last season, the Jayhawks will once again be in a great position to contend for a national championship, as well as their 46th straight Big 12 title or something like that. They’re bringing in a top-5 recruting class already, and if they get Romeo, they might be title favorites. That being said, the Jayhawks already have 2018 5-star 6-5 guard Quentin Grimes, who might overlap with Langford as well.
Where will Romeo end up? We’ll find out tonight. But regardless of where Langford ends up, just don’t act stupid - it’s important to respect what his final decision ends up being, no matter where he goes.