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August 9, 2014
Hoops: Michigan offers Josh Langford
Another highly rated class of 2016 standout has received a Michigan offer. Madison, Ala., Madison Academy's Joshua Langford (6-4, 185, Rivals.com's No. 21 junior nationally, is the eighth player to receive one, and it was no surprise.
Langford received his offer during a Friday visit. He was slated to visit Michigan State today and is also considering Duke, Louisville and others.
"Langford has been bugged by injuries for a while now and his lofty ranking was more a function of promise and production he showed early in his high school career," Rivals.com's Eric Bossi wrote after seeing Langford at adidas Gauntlet in Dallas this June. "Now, Langford can finally play at that level again and it is more of a case of him proving that his ranking is legitimate and not based on previous reputation.
"I love the balance in is game, the way he can attack from the wing and that he is a solid player. He will need to become more of a threat as a jump shooter, but Langford's all-around play in Dallas was impressive - the 6-foot-4 guard has tremendous explosion, a solid build and a well-rounded floor game. He looked confident and the production followed."
Langford averaged 22 points and eight rebounds per game to earn Gatorade Player of the Year for Alabama as a freshman, and he raised his totals to 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists last year. He has the ability to dribble like a point guard and can excel from the one through the three, continuing to improve his jump shot.
The junior to be is now 6-6, 200 according to his father, and being recruited by schools coast to coast. Alabama offered him before he was in high school while Michigan and Michigan State have been on him for a while, as well. Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA, Providence, Oklahoma State and Auburn are among the others seriously involved, and the list is growing.
Michigan saw him play in Dallas.
"He and Coach [John] Beilein talk all the time," Mr. Langford said. "He really likes Michigan. They are the aristocracy of educational institutions and also have a good basketball program, have had good success developing pros, so why not get a great education while pursuing his lifelong dream [of the NBA?]"
Watch for more on this developing story in the days to come.