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Friday, March 09, 2018 7:10 pm

Romeo Langford earns Gatorade Player of the Year

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

In what is sure to be the first of many (many) postseason awards for Romeo Langford, the New Albany guard was named the Gatorade Indiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year on Thursday. 

The senior has averaged close to 37 points per game this season, while also pulling down almost 10 rebounds and racking up 3.3 steals per game. As a result, the Bulldogs have gone 23-1, with their only loss coming by two points against Floyd Central in December. They have a regional matchup against Bloomington South Saturday.

Bloomington South is the alma mater of one of the more recent Gatorade Players of the Year to attend Indiana. Jordan Hulls won the award in 2009 and went on to score more than 1,300 points in four seasons with the Hoosiers. Two years after Hulls won the award, Cody Zeller also took it home, giving IU two Players of the Year in three seasons. 

Since then, however, a procession of stars from the state have spurned the Hoosiers to go elsewhere. Several of them have become big-time players at other programs, including Gary Harris (Michigan State), Zak Irvin (Michigan), Trey Lyles (Kentucky), Caleb Swanigan (Purdue) and Kyle Guy (a rising star at No. 1 Virginia). Last year's winner, Brian Bowen from La Lumiere, hasn't yet played college basketball, but he projects as an impact player if he eventually get cleared to suit up for South Carolina.

Langford is possibly the most talented of anyone in that group, which is saying a lot. The guard is the No. 5 player in the ESPN 100 and all signs point to him choosing Indiana, Kansas or Vanderbilt as his college destination. For now, every one of his games creates a media circus, with fans remaining for sometimes hours afterward in the hopes of getting an autograph. Such is the life of the best high school basketball player in the state.

dsinn@jg.net