Kentucky continues to fade away in the recruitment of Romeo Langford, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. The five-star shooting guard is still predicted to pick either Louisville, Indiana or Duke, and it’s now considered “highly unlikely” he picks Kentucky.
Langford will cut his list sometime soon, Ben Roberts says. Kentucky could make that list, but that’s probably the closest UK will get to landing him. It’s unfortunate to see this recruitment go as far south as it’s gone.
Kentucky needs to land a shooting guard in 2018 with both Hamidou Diallo and Kevin Knox likely off to the NBA Draft next year, and Langford is regarded by most services as the best shooting guard in this class.
It’s also unfortunate that John Calipari’s time with Langford and the Team USA U19 team seems to have had a negative effect in this recruitment. Getting to coach Team USA usually results in coaches getting an edge in recruitments for guys like Langford, so maybe it just wasn’t meant to be with him.
One player who Kentucky is still very much in the running for is Simi Shittu, a five-star power forward. Shittu cut his list down to 10 schools, and Kentucky was included, despite the fact that John Calipari has not yet extended an offer.
This is a good sign for Kentucky’s chances with him, and the Herald-Leader believes that an offer is coming soon for Shittu. It’s already been reported that Kentucky wants Shittu to visit this fall, so the offer could come during that trip to Lexington.
You can read the rest of Roberts’ story here, which features notes about many other recruits that Kentucky has been involved with, as well as more information on who’s been predicted as most likely to commit to UK.