Five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford is one of the most talented players to come out of the Kentuckiana area in years, but his courtship with John Calipari and Kentucky ended after Cal coached him in the FIBA World Cup last summer. Langford’s father Tim shared some insight as to why in an interview with the Courier-Journal’s Fletcher Page.
According to Langford Sr., the relationship with Calipari soured due to Romeo’s limited playing time in Team USA’s opening game (before he was hindered by back spasms). Romeo also told his dad he didn’t believe Calipari was in control when the team got down big to Canada in the semifinal.
Romeo later told his father Tim Langford that Calipari “couldn’t adapt to what was going on against Canada,” Tim said.
That quote will give the Cal haters material for days, but Romeo insisted he wanted to keep Kentucky in the running, so his dad reached out to Cal to set up another visit. He never heard back.
Sour grapes or something more? Sounds to me like Langford’s dad and Cal never really clicked, so a parting of the ways was for the best. Kentucky isn’t for everyone, after all. Also interesting: why they cut North Carolina after a visit to Chapel Hill (you’re gonna have to click on over to the Courier-Journal for that).
Langford is down to Kansas, Indiana, and Vanderbilt with a decision expected this spring.