Each year as the NBA Draft approaches the league sends out invitations to high-profile draftees to come and hang out in the green room at the event, waiting for their name to be called so they can go up on stage, shake the commissioner’s hand, get a picture, etc. It’s a boost to the television coverage of the draft and it’s a great thing to do for the players. On Wednesday it was reported that IU guard Romeo Langford will join guys like Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and Darius Garland in receiving an invitation:
In addition to the 9 players who received invites to the NBA Draft Green Room last week, sources tell ESPN that the following have also been invited:— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 12, 2019
They join Zion, Ja, Barrett, Garland, Culver, Hunter, Coby White, Reddish, Jaxson Hayes
Langford will be the fifth Hoosier in the last decade to sit in the green room. OG Anunoby is the most recent, waiting until the 23rd overall pick to hear his name called. Back in 2014 ninth overall pick Noah Vonleh shook fresh-faced commissioner Adam Silver’s hand, as it was his first time running the draft after taking over for David Stern. In 2013, of course, it was Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller both getting quick exits from the green room, going second and fourth overall respectively. The 2019 NBA Draft kicks off at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.
- Victor Oladipo became one of the highest-drafted Hoosiers ever back in 2013 when the Orlando Magic picked him second overall.
- Cody Zeller became the final draft pick made by the Charlotte Bobcats before the Hornets name returned after the 2013-14 NBA season. The big man went fourth overall. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images
- Noah Vonleh was the first pick the newly minted Charlotte Hornets made back in 2014. He was picked ninth overall and joined Cody Zeller on the team. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images
- OG Anunoby was the final green room player to be drafted in 2017, but it was worth the wait as the wing defender joined one of the best teams in basketball—the Toronto Raptors—after being taken with the 23rd overall pick. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images