NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Eleven days ago, New Albany basketball star Romeo Langford made his highly anticipated college decision, signing with Archie Miller and Indiana University. The day before that, the No. 1 shooting guard in the class of 2018 was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball.
A week or so later, just when it seemed like Romeo news was dying down, local officials named basketball court after the local phenom.
The Floyd County Board of Commissioners officially announced the news Friday night. The soon-to-be-completed Floyd County Parks and Recreation’s new Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park will include the Romeo Langford Court, an outdoor court set to open July 14, 2018.
The board wanted to honor Langford following his historic high school basketball career at New Albany High School and positive influence off the court as a role model to the community’s youth.
The five-star recruit was invited to visit the park and the area where his court is already under construction. Langford visited with New Albany and IU fans while signing autographs around the newly poured pavement.
“I never dreamt about this kind of thing as a kid,” Langford said. “It makes me feel good, though, because I remember going up to a park over in New Albany and playing on it. Now, kids can come to this park and play on a court with my name on it. That’s pretty cool.”
Romeo’s father, Tim Langford, showed more excitement after the announcement. He wore his new Hoosier polo proudly.
“It’s hard to believe, to be honest with you," Tim Langford said. "I’m a proud father, because this doesn’t happen every day."
And he’s right. Very few high school seniors, if any, have their name painted on the sidelines of a basketball court in their hometown. Amazingly unaffected by it all, Langford remains humbled by the community’s gesture.
“He’s like the Iceman," New Albany High School head basketball coach Jim Shannon said. "He just stays even-keeled so much in all aspects of his life, both on the court and off the court.
“I think he’s going to go on, into the world, and I think he’s going to be able to do some tremendous things before it’s over and done with. I really think he’s going to make a name for himself all across the United States and perhaps internationally.”
That’s the plan, as far as Romeo sees it. But no matter how big his name gets outside of the state of Indiana, Mr. Basketball will always have a community, a home and a court waiting for him in New Albany.
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