Report: HEAT bringing in Indiana’s Romeo Langford for a workout

Jacari McRae | June 14th, 2019

After hosting a private workout with University of Southern California (USC) forward Kevin Porter Jr and North Carolina forward Nassir Little, the Miami Heat will reportedly workout Indiana University guard Romeo Langford in the coming days.

From Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson:

Eager to become more familiar with an interesting prospect in its draft range, the Heat plans to bring Indiana swingman Romeo Langford to AmericanAirlines Arena for a visit in the coming days, according to a league source.

Before his freshman year at Indiana, Langford was a top-five recruit and was always considered a lottery pick in the NBA draft. But Langford’s shooting inconsistencies during his freshman year has lowered his draft stock. One big factor in his shooting struggles has been the fact he played with a torn ligament in his right thumb, an injury that required surgery after the season.

ESPN’s latest mock draft has Langford going 15th–two spots after the Heat’s selection. Here’s how ESPN analyzes Langford’s game(h/t Barry Jackson):

“Has prototypical physical tools for an NBA wing at over 6-foot-6 in shoes, with a strong frame and a 6-11 wingspan…. Smooth and fluid athlete who is at his best with the ball in his hands and shows significant potential pushing ahead in transition and operating out of pick-and-roll… Offensive instincts and overall upside suggest he can develop into a player capable of shouldering a significant load as a shot-creator, which is difficult to find in this draft class, especially at his size …

“Shows enough flashes as a defender, passer, rebounder, finisher and shot-maker to leave plenty of room for optimism regarding how his game will continue to round out over time. Has both a relatively high ceiling and floor….

“Shot only 27 percent from beyond the arc as a freshman, partially due to the hand injury but wasn’t known as a great shooter coming into college. Could stand to tweak his mechanics and release point. Had very little shooting around him at Indiana, which made it easy for opposing defenses to load up on him as the season moved on…. Uneven, injury-plagued freshman season left scouts with more questions than answers.”

Langford has also received an invite from the NBA to the green room for next Thursday’s NBA draft. The green room is the area in front of the draft podium where the players sit and wait to hear their names called by commissioner Adam Silver. The NBA determines which players receive invitations by talking with the general managers of teams picking in the first round.

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