New Albany, IN (WDRB) – Bulldogs freshman Romeo Langford wasn't kidding around when he said he has already become somewhat of a celebrity at New Albany High School.
“Everyone knows my name walking down the halls, said a chuckling Langford. “It's like, 'Hey Romeo.' I don't even know their name. They act like they know me!”
Fame has come quite easily to the 15-year-old Langford but make no mistake, he has earned his new found stardom.
In his first year with New Albany, the 6-3 forward/guard has led the Bulldogs to a 13 and 2 start. He leads the Bulldogs in points, blocked shots and steals. But his most impressive skill has been his ability to take a leadership role on a team filled with veterans.
“It's almost unheard of really,” said New Albany head coach Jim Shannon. “I mean for a freshman to come to the forefront and do this, it's been amazing."
Langford's not only getting attention from people at his high school, he's also starting to get attention from big time universities. Indiana, Butler, and Louisville coaches have already made trips to see him play in person.
“Coaches tell me (they're) there,” said Langford. “But I don't really think about it.”
But the freshman does think about his goals for the next three years. It's obvious: he has no problem shooting for the moon.
“Get good grades, be an All-Star, and be Mr. Basketball.
As far as colleges, Langford says he is keeping his options open. But when pressed, he told WDRB his top schools would be Florida or Duke.
“Early in the season, people wanted to come and watch him play,” said Shannon. “He has lived up to the hype."
It sounds like it's only a matter of time before Langford takes his game and his fame to another level.