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Monday, May 27, 2019 8:00 pm

Langford officially stays in draft

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

It's been expected since he committed to Indiana in April of 2018, but Romeo Langford made it official today: he'll be leaving the Hoosiers after one season and taking his talents to the NBA. 

"Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine and I'm excited for the opportunity to fulfill that dream," Langford wrote in a statement. "From the moment I stepped on campus, Indiana has been a special place for me. Everyone, from the students, the university, the staff and the coaches have made my experience one I will never forget. Though the season didn't end the way we wanted, I am forever proud of all the hard work my teammates and I put in every single day.

"I would like to thank each and every fan that stood behind us through the ups and downs this year. I will always be a proud member of Hoosier Nation."

Langford had already gone through the draft process, hiring an agent and participating in the NBA Combine. He had until Wednesday to decide whether to stay, but that decision had likely been made unofficially long ago.

The New Albany product, who ranks fourth in Indiana high school basketball history with 3,002 career points, averaged a team-leading 16.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in his one season with the Hoosiers. Indiana went a disappointing 17-15 in games Langford played and he sat out the NIT with a bad back. After the season, it was revealed that the 6-foot-5 guard had played most of the season with a torn ligament in his thumb, which hampered his shooting. He hit just 27 percent from beyond the 3-point line.

Langford is universally projected as a first-round draft pick, though not the top-five selection that many thought he'd be before the season began. He seems likely to go somewhere in the 10-20 range, which includes the Indiana Pacers at No. 18 (I would be surprised if he fell that far). 

The Hoosiers are still waiting for decisions on whether to return to school from Al Durham and Devonte Green, though it would be a major surprise if either kept his name in the draft.

dsinn@jg.net