There are plenty of reasons for elite basketball prospects to choose the Kansas Jayhawks, but Romeo Langford said coach Bill Self is the biggest factor in his recruitment.
Langford, the highest-ranked recruit in the Class of 2018 that has yet to commit to a college, spoke to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Johnson about his recruitment. He said Self’s ability to cultivate NBA-level talent is the main reason why he’s considering the Jayhawks.
“At Kansas, Langford said, he’d be playing for a head coach who knows how to succeed with bigger perimeter prospects, like Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre,” Johnson wrote. “‘That’s what he’s good at,’ Langford said of Bill Self.”
Wiggins and Oubre aren’t the only Kansas wings having success in the NBA. Josh Jackson was a high draft pick last year, and the Morris twins, Markieff and Marcus, have both built successful pro careers.
Langford is the N0.5 overall player and the No. 1 shooting guard in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports. He stands 6-foot-5 and hails from New Albany, Ind. In addition to Kansas, he is also considering Indiana and Vanderbilt.
The Jayhawks aren’t known as a one-and-done factory, although Langford will most likely play just one year at Kansas before turning pro. But it’s encouraging for Jayhawks fans that top prospects recognize Self’s ability. In addition to winning on the court, he prepares players for the future as well as any coach in the game.