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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, April 29, 2018 9:50 pm

Langford chosen Mr. Basketball

Journal Gazette

New Albany guard Romeo Langford won the 2018 Mr. Basketball award Sunday night after averaging 35.5 points per game and leading the Bulldogs to a 25-2 record and a semistate appearance in his senior season. 

Langford is the first New Albany player to win the award, capping a career in which he scored 3,002 points, the fourth-most in the history of Indiana high school basketball. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard will announce his college decision tonight in the New Albany gym, an event which is open to the public.

The Bulldog standout is the third straight guard to be named Mr. Basketball after Indianapolis North Central's Kris Wilkes earned the honor in 2017 and Lawrence Central's Kyle Guy won the year before. If Langford chooses to play for Indiana next season, he'll be the first Mr. Basketball to do so since Cody Zeller in 2011 and the first to remain in Indiana to play college basketball since 2015 winner Caleb Swanigan, a former Homestead standout, went to Purdue.

Langford beat out Indiana commits and fellow finalists Damezi Anderson of South Bend Central and Robert Phinisee of McCutcheon for the award. Aaron Henry of Ben Davis, Mehki Lairy of Evansville Bosse and Eric Hunter of Indianapolis Tindley were also finalists.

Langford's New Albany team won 22 games in a row before falling to eventual undefeated state champion Warren Central in the semistate. The guard scored 35 points in the 64-62 loss, but he turned the ball over in the final seconds, setting up David Bell's game-winning shot for the Warriors.

The Miss Basketball award went to Carmel's Amy Dilk. A Michigan recruit, Dilk averaged 17.8 points, 6.7 assists and 3.8 steals per game as a senior and helped the Greyhounds to a 24-3 record and third straight sectional championship. Dilk finished her career with 1,404 points and 548 assists.

Mr. Basketball is Ben Davis' Reece Taylor. Taylor led Ben Davis to a Class 6A state championship and completed 73 percent of his passes for 3,150 yards and 40 touchdowns. The Indiana recruit also rushed for 802 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Softball draw

The IHSAA held the postseason draw for softball. Among the record number of teams in the tournament (379) are a few area ranked teams.

Class 4A No. 13 Leo plays Carroll in an opener at DeKalb, while 4A No. 19 East Noble has Northrop at DeKalb.

In 3A, No. 2 Bellmont opens up against Mississinewa at Norwell, No. 11 Angola plays host to New Haven, No. 17 Wawasee received a bye at Fairfield, No. 25 West Noble plays Lakeland at Fairfield and No. 26 Bishop Dwenger takes on Garrett at Angola.

In 2A, No. 5 Whitko plays Wabash at Oak Hill and No. 6 South Adams has Canterbury at Bluffton.