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Is Kentucky’s latest offer another sign they’re done with Romeo Langford?

Photo via USA Today HSS

Photo via USA Today HSS

For a long time, Romeo Langford was the only shooting guard in the 2018 class with an offer from Kentucky. That changed this afternoon. Today, John Calipari extended an offer to five-star wing Keldon Johnson, the latest sign the Cats are pulling out of the race for one of the best prospects in the area. What gives? Let’s examine the tea leaves.

A Louisville fan from the start

Langford is from New Albany, Indiana, right across the river from Louisville and the Yum Center. As a result, he grew up cheering for the Cards, which has every Louisville fan in existence convinced he’ll play for Rick Pitino next season. Langford still calls UofL his “hometown team” and insists their NCAA sanctions won’t be a factor in his recruitment; however, there’s another coach that may want him even more than Pitino.

An Indiana savior?

Langford may have grown up cheering for the Cards, but if Archie Miller has his way, he won’t be leaving the state of Indiana. The new head coach of the Hoosiers has made it his mission to land the New Albany native, selling him on being a home state hero. Langford may have been a Louisville fan growing up, but Miller has made it clear that he is his number one priority in the 2018 class. Meanwhile, Calipari has his eyes on bigger fish, such as Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett.

An Egyptian revelation

When Langford made Calipari’s U19 squad for the FIBA World Cup in Egypt, most thought it was a prime opportunity for Cal to make up some ground with the five-star scorer; however, that didn’t exactly happen. Langford battled back spasms throughout the trip and didn’t play much, which he expressed a lot of frustration about on his USA Today High School Sports blog. Whether or not that was directed at Calipari, who knows, but let’s just say the two didn’t exactly bond on the trip like Calipari did with other recruits.

Rising stars > Plateaus

Jack Pilgrim spent last month on the recruiting trail and sources told him that Kentucky’s interest in Langford has been waning for a while.

“While some of the other prospects are still blossoming, Langford has hit a plateau,” a source said. “The coaching staff really doesn’t feel like he’s improved all that much in the last year. He hasn’t separated himself from the competition the way they expected him to.”

On the flip side, Keldon Johnson was one of the rising stars on the summer circuit, averaging 20.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. He also turned heads at the Nike Basketball Academy last week.

 

After not clicking with Langford in Egypt, it’s clear Calipari is ready to move on to other options, as evidenced by today’s offer. I stand by my hot take from a few weeks back. Kentucky and Indiana will play in 2018, with Romeo Langford starting at shooting guard for the Hoosiers. Will it be Johnson matched up against him?

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8 Comments for Is Kentucky’s latest offer another sign they’re done with Romeo Langford?



  1. TBW3011
    4:36 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t think it has anything to do with him. That’s been over and done a long time.



  2. Jacksonkiller3
    5:29 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    This kid has a little Paul Pierce to his game.



    • runningunnin.454
      9:27 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

      Paul Pierce that played for the Celtics…that Paul Pierce? The operative word there must be “little”.
      I don’t think Langford could fill in at small forward.



  3. Catcasey1
    5:32 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    Why recruit a kid who grew up a Louisville fan. Don’t see the point of wasting ur effort



  4. NcCatFan75
    5:45 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    things can change, that’s why you recruit him



  5. Catcasey1
    7:13 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    Not when they have Louisville poster’s on the wall and also wearing the tard crap



  6. chris43
    3:51 am August 23, 2017 Permalink

    I could honestly care less if we land him or not. What I would like to see however is us starting to get the top guy in a class or top 1-3 players (like we used to do some years). I say that and it sounds good but when I think of it Monk, Fox, Murray, Booker and quite a few others weren’t the top dog in the class and I wouldn’t have traded them for anything.