It is far too early to forecast the draft. But in a recent mock draft, the New York Knicks are set to take Romeo Langford with the fifth pick.
Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report has fired up his own 2019 mock draft. And using his crystal ball, the writer has given New York Knicks fans the first of many young prospects that will likely hear their names attached to the orange and blue.
Langford will play his freshman year of college basketball for the Indiana Hoosiers. Described as an “effortless scorer”, Wasserman gives fans a brief look at the 6-foot-6 shooting guard out of New Albany, Indiana.
“He’s a quintessential shooting guard capable of creating and making shots from each level. Langford can come off as overly casual, and he’ll want to demonstrate both playmaking and consistent three-point shooting to maximize his stock. He’ll have a big role and plenty of freedom to fully showcase his exciting offensive arsenal.”
Langford was touted as a five-star recruit by ESPN, participated in the 2018 McDonald’s All-American game and was named Mr. Basketball of the state of Indiana.
Ignacio Rissotto of The Stepien gives a preliminary scouting report for Langford. Risotto states that Langford already has NBA range with his three-point shot and his upper-body mechanics make for a quick release.
In regards to his athleticism, Langford definitely has hops, but not necessarily a quick first step. Regardless, he is able to attack closeouts and get to the rim with crafty moves. Yet, Langford’s length and ability to move his feet well in transition give him the opportunity to be an impressive two-way player.
In terms of his weaknesses, Langford can be overly-reliant on his three-point shot and his shot selection, in general, is an area where he will need to show improvement.
Overall, Langford appears to be a playmaker with a good shooting stroke that could mesh well with the likes of Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina, and Kevin Knox.
The sky appears to be the limit for this potentially lottery-bound teenager. Archie Miller and his staff will certainly have fun working with this young stud.