Romeo Langford keeping Kansas on his list of schools despite FBI report

By Gary Bedore gbedore@kcstar.com

Blue-chip high school senior guard Romeo Langford says KU remains one of his three finalists despite Tuesday’s revelation that KU players have been tied to the FBI’s case on corruption in college basketball recruiting.

Langford, a 6-foot-5 senior guard from New Albany (Ind.) High who is ranked No. 6 in the recruiting Class of 2018 by Rivals.com, will choose between Kansas, Indiana and Vanderbilt on April 30, Langford confirmed Thursday after practice at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland, Ore.

“They’re still in my top three,” Langford said of the Jayhawks as quoted by USA Today. “It (FBI case) doesn’t hurt them. It doesn’t make them any better — well, I don’t know why it would make them better — but it doesn’t hurt them at all.”

He said he has not spoken with Kansas coach Bill Self yet this week.

“I know that Coach Self has called my dad (Tim) and talked to my dad about it today, but I haven’t talked to Coach Self," Langford told Rivals.com on Thursday. “My dad didn’t really get to tell me anything specific, just that he called and that was good."

Of Self, Romeo Langford said: “Coach Self has been in the game for I don’t even know how many years, and he’s always been a successful coach. He’s coached numerous NBA players in his career.”

Langford — who averaged 35.5 points per game his senior season and is the No. 4 scorer in Indiana high school hoops history — will not play in Friday’s Hoop Summit (9 p.m., Central Time, ESPN2) because of a concussion he incurred at last week’s Jordan Brand Classic.

“It’s been enjoyable,” Langford said of recruiting. “I feel like me and my family have handled it real well, so it hasn’t been too overwhelming at all.”

Memphis trying to hire Brown

Former Kansas basketball coach Larry Brown has been offered a full-time position as a consultant on new coach Penny Hardaway’s University of Memphis coaching staff, the Memphis Commercial Appeal has reported.

The paper indicates Brown, 77, will only accept a job as assistant coach. Consultants are not allowed to work with players during practices and games according to NCAA rules.

Brown, a Hall of Famer who led KU to the 1988 NCAA title, coached Hardaway for one season with the NBA's New York Knicks. Former NBA player Mike Miller and former Memphis player Tony Madlock have been hired as full-time assistants. There remains one assistant opening.

Published reports indicate Memphis athletic director Tom Bowen has approved Brown’s hiring as a consultant but not as an assistant.

Hardaway's son, Jayden, a 6-5 senior from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., recently became his dad's first official signee at Memphis. Jayden Hardaway told the Commercial Appeal he received offers from UNC Greensboro, Delaware and several Ivy League schools.

Bazley in Hoop Summit

Darius Bazley, the No. 9-rated player in the Class of 2018 according to Rivals.com, recently de-committed from Syracuse to instead play in the NBA’s G League next season.

Bazley — who is set to play in Friday’s Hoop Summit — will make much less money in the NBA’s minor league than he would overseas as he awaits eligibility for the 2019 NBA Draft.

“I’m not worried about the quick money at all because I feel like my end goal is to get to the NBA. Yeah, something like $500,000 would be nice, but I don’t know about my development,” Bazley told Rivals.com.

“I can go overseas and get $500,000 and maybe not get half of the development that I will get in the G League making $26,000. That G League could end up turning me into a $100 million player versus going overseas and turning into a $25 million player. I just feel that instant gratification isn’t something that I’m looking for. At the end of the day, I am 17 and that G League money is still an eye-opener for me.


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