BOZICH | Johnson rises, Langford rests, Hunter relaxes as AAU comes to Louisville
Trinity junior David Johnson is drawing more attention from college coaches. Romeo Langford is resting a minor injury. IU commit Jerome Hunter has relaxed after picking the Hoosiers.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Looking for a basketball fix?
I thought so. I’d recommend a trip to the All-In HoopFest at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Louisville coach Rick Pitino, Indiana assistant Tom Ostrom, Dayton coach Anthony Grant and many other guys watched AAU Tournament play Friday night. Play will continue Saturday and Sunday.
I’ll have stories on Trinity junior David Johnson, New Albany's Romeo Langford and IU commit Jerome Hunter. Here is a quick update on each.
*Johnson is stirring growing attention from college coaches and recognition by the recruiting services. At 6 feet 5, Johnson projects as a college guard who believes he can excel with or without the ball.
Ranked 31st nationally in the Class of 2019 by scout.com., No. 70 by rivals.com and No. 76 by 247 sports, Johnson has earned scholarship offers from Louisville, Xavier and Cincinnati. All three had coaches watching him Friday night, but Pitino was the only head coach.
“It’s really exciting knowing that somebody wants me to come play for them,” Johnson said. “Louisville’s really on me.”
“He’ll be able to play anywhere in the country,” said Ellis Myles, the former U of L forward who coaches Johnson for the Louisville Magic. “He's that good.
“He’s a quiet, hard-working kid who’s only worried about getting better, not getting more attention.”
The attention is coming anyway. Johnson said that Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus has started communicating.
“I’ve also been hearing from Auburn, Kentucky, Ohio State, Arizona State, Purdue, Butler and I think there’s a few more, I just can’t remember them,” Johnson said.
*Langford will likely not play in Louisville this weekend, resting a sore back that he said was the result of an issue with his hips. He does expect to play for his Twenty Two Vision AAU squad in Las Vegas next week, capping a hectic summer that featured a trip to Europe for an adidas event as well as a journey to Egypt. He played for USA Basketball’s 19-and-under team, which was coached by John Calipari of UK and won the bronze medal after being upset by Canada.
With U of L, UK, IU, Kansas, UCLA, Duke, North Carolina and a cast of thousands in pursuit, Langford said he is not in a hurry to make a decision, a decision many do not expect until next March or April. Langford is a consensus top five player in 2018 and a likely McDonald's all-American.
Langford smiled when I asked his thoughts on the recruiting chatter about him that suggests School A is advancing on his list and that School B is fading. He said the only people who know what he is thinking are him and his father, Tim.
“It’s still the same,” Langford said. “It hasn’t overwhelmed me. I’m just taking it day by day, talking to all of the college coaches. I am trying to focus on cutting my list by the end of the summer.”
*Hunter is a versatile forward from suburban Columbus, Ohio. He is 6-7 and can play inside or on the wing. He is ranked No. 47 nationally in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.
Hunter said that his relationship with IU coach Archie Miller and Ostrom was a primary reason he picked the Hoosiers over Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, Purdue, Florida, North Carolina State and other schools.
“I just loved Indiana right when I went there so I thought it would be a good fit for me,” Hunter said. “I’m more relaxed now. I don’t have a thousand coaches come to watch me any more.
“I just called Archie and told him that I would love to be a part of his team. He said that he would love to coach me and that he won’t do me wrong.”
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