While Romeo Langford has been battling back spasms and not been able to play very much during Team USA's trip to Egypt, he has been with John Calipari and is learning more about his coaching style.
Langford, one of the top recruits in the Class of 2018, has been blogging about his experience for USA Today. In it, Langford writes about what it is like being coached by Calipari.
"Of course everyone knows that Coach (John) Calipari is our coach on the U19 team and it’s been a great experience having him as a coach at this level” Langford wrote. “He’s one of the coaches that’s been recruiting me so it’s good to have this opportunity to see how he does things.
“He really harps on guys playing hard. He doesn’t even care about mistakes, he just wants your effort. So that’s cool."
As for his injury, Langford admits it’s not completely healed, but he is healthy enough to play now, so we could see him more at the FIBA U19 World Cup rolls on.
“I would say that my back is at about 75 percent right now,” said Langford. “I’m doing a lot of stretching, heating and doing different muscle stimulants. I’m doing everything that I can to get back to 100 percent.”
Getting that extra time with Calipari has to be a positive for both Langford and Calipari. Langford gets a better idea of how Calipari coaches and what it is like to work with him day-to-day, while Calipari gets the advantage of spending time with Langford and giving him an idea of what he could expect if he decides to become a Wildcat.
Langford hasn't been a major factor for Team USA up to this point, as he battles his issues with his back. Through four games, Langford is averaging 4.3 points per game.
Hopefully he is able to get the back spasms under control and be a contributor on this squad in their quest for another gold medal.