2018 Kentucky target Romeo Langford recently talked about his recruitment and upcoming tryout for Team USA in an interview with KSTV.
Langford, the No. 5 player in his class, received an invite to tryout for Team USA from John Calipari.
“I like Coach Calipari as a coach, and how he develops his players and how he makes them to young men, and gets them to where they need to go,” Langford said.
Langford said that Calipari told him about what he can do for him, and how Cal can get him to where he wants to go.
Langford also said he doesn’t know when he’ll make his college decision either. “Just like, when it’s right, it’s right,” Langford said.
Langford’s father, Tim, also spoke to KSTV, talking about the kind of school he hopes Langford will go to.
“Well the main thing is always academics,” Tim said. “You have to get a degree, and also pursue your dream. And also, the type of coach that’s going to actually motivate him to have him get even better.”
It’s no secret that coaches who get to coach potential recruits in these Team USA events can provide a recruiting advantage. Last year, Shaka Smart coaching the U19 team helped him land Mohamed Bamba.
The previous year saw Sean Miller coach the U19 team, which helped him land five-star guard Terrance Ferguson, though Ferguson ended up playing overseas. Miller actually helped coach the 2014 U18 team that had Allonzo Trier, who ultimately picked Arizona as well.
Needless to say, these events can prove to be very beneficial in future recruiting classes. Langford may very well be that player for Calipari this year.
For what it’s worth, Louisville is the current crystal ball favorite for Langford, but don’t ever count out Coach Cal and UK.