Langford expanding game this spring

Langford expanding game this spring

Josh Langford has always been known as a high-flying, high-energy guy. This spring, however, the 6-foot-6 2010 Louisville commit is working to expand his game out toward the perimeter.

Langford, a slasher from Huntsville, has always been considered a high-motor type who boasts outstanding ability to finish around the basket. Last weekend, though, Langford flashed expanded perimeter skills at a major AAU event in Akron, OH.

"Josh is making the move more toward the perimeter and he shot the ball well in (Akron)," Florida Rams AAU coach Matt Ramker said. "He plays with a ferocity on the court. He's just very tough, physical and strong. He's one of the best athletes on the court at all times."

Josh Langford, who has teamed up with the talented Florida Rams this spring, plays on the same AAU team as Louisville recruit Fabricio De Melo. "He had some good games," Ramker said. "We don't keep stats at all. We're very balanced. We have him and Fab (Fabricio De Melo) and another high major player so we're pretty balanced in the scoring area."

Ramker said Langford's shooting stroke appears much improved this spring. "His stroke looks good," Ramker said. "He made at least one three this weekend but he didn't shoot many. He's starting to shoot it better."

Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels came away impressed with Langford in Akron. Daniels offered this observation after watching the athletic lefty play a Saturday game against the King James Stars:

A lefty with high-level athleticism, Langford is another guy that loves to slash to the rim. On Saturday he scored by attacking the rim, and he did it with aggression. Once in the air, Langford usually finishes because of his strength and athleticism. He'll need to brush up the long-range jumper, although he did knock in one three against King James, before he plays for Rick Pitino, but we love his intensity and competitive drive.

Ramker, who also coached Louisville forwards Jared Swopshire and Rakeem Buckles on the AAU circuit, believes Langford is a great fit for the Cardinals. "I think the way he plays and Coach Pitino's style he's got a chance to be very successful at (Louisville)," Ramker said.

Langford's next big AAU outing will come at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions next month in May. "He's got a high motor and plays hard every possession," said Ramker. "If he's within arm's reach of the rim it's a dunk. He's a great kid too. He competes every possession."

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