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Coaching Team USA’s U19 Team Could Help John Calipari Land Romeo Langford

Indy Star

Last year Shaka Smart coached USA’s U18 team to a Gold Medal in Chile.  The opportunity to coach Mo Bamba is (probably) one big reason why Bamba committed to Texas nine days ago.  Could something similar happen between Kentucky and Romeo Langford?

The top-ranked guard in the 2018 recruiting class from New Albany, Indiana spoke with Rivals’ T.J. Walker today about his invitation to camp with Team USA’s U19 team.  Langford said it could give Kentucky an advantage in his recruitment.

“Somewhat if you think about it. I’ll get to know him a little bit more. I would be spending a lot of time with him.”

Moving forward, Langford said what will help differentiate the local schools recruiting him — UK, UofL and IU — is how comfortable he is with the coach. “Now it’s just getting to know the coaches more and becoming more familiar with them. It’s about being around them and seeing how I fit.”


Langford and Calipari already have a “pretty good” relationship.  If Calipari coaches him for a few weeks this summer to build a stronger rapport, it might be awfully difficult to turn down Kentucky next spring.

[Cats Illustrated]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for Coaching Team USA’s U19 Team Could Help John Calipari Land Romeo Langford

  1. a21CATSfan
    4:21 pm May 27, 2017 Permalink

    …and Marvin Bagley, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, JaVonte Smart and definitely Immanuel Quickley. I’m not sure how Langford, Quickley AND Smart would work, but hey, never underestimate Cal. The U19 Wildcats has a nice ring to it if you add Quade Green, Hami Diallo, Kevin Knox, Jarred Vanderbilt, PJ Washington and Sacha Killeya-Jones or Jemarl Baker to the 6 guys above for the FIBA World Cup. I could see Cal ruining his chances at the big job if he pulls something like that out of the gate. He would have to at least add guys like Mike Porter, Mo Bamba, Wendell Carter and Trevon Duval; guys that have been in the system for awhile.

  2. Eazy
    4:50 pm May 27, 2017 Permalink

    Pretty easy decision between IU, UL, and UK. I heard he is a UL fan but the smart choice is UK.

  3. ThreeGoggles
    4:52 pm May 27, 2017 Permalink

    In today’s other obvious facts, the sky is blue.

  4. gregsj50
    5:57 pm May 27, 2017 Permalink

    Wise ass!