As he makes his college decision, Josh Langford has a series of criteria that will help him evaluate the dozens of schools that have courted him.
For the 2016 five-star wing from Madison (Ala.) Academy, Michigan matches all the requirements. As Langford said in an interview with UM Hoops on Tuesday night, he “can check all the boxes” at Michigan.
“It’s all there for me,” Langford said.
Specifically, Langford is looking for a university that offers a top-tier education, and a program that can both develop guards and allow him to be a spiritual leader.
“I’m probably better-ranked than Caris LeVert and Trey Burke and those guys coming out of high school,” Langford said. “If you see what they did for them, the sky’s the limit for what they can do for me.”
Langford and his father visited Ann Arbor last Tuesday for the Wolverines’ game against Illinois. The wing was impressed with the sellout crowd and also by how Michigan erased a 13-point deficit to earn the win.
And for a player who said playing time will be a major factor in his college choice, the performance of one freshman left a big impression.
“I can honestly say, I can check all the boxes at Michigan.” twitter
“Me being the kind of player I am, I think I can make an impact right away when I get on campus,” Langford said. “The way that LeVert and Dawkins and Irvin played, they played every minute. They’re trying to find their guys.
“They have a great coaching staff. I think they prepare the guys very well skill-wise. Coach Beilein has a great offensive mind. He’s a great offensive coach. Any guard can go off in their offense. Dawkins was on, and they put him in spots to make his shots. He was hot, so they kept getting him the ball. He played a great game.”
Langford, who also visited Ann Arbor during the summer, said he frequently remains in touch with John Beilein, Jeff Meyer and LaVall Jordan.
The wing hasn’t chosen a list of top programs yet, and he says “everybody still has a chance.” But so far, Michigan is in a good position.
“Most importantly is the school,” he explained. “What do they offer me education-wise? At the end of the day, you want to make a 40-year decision, not a four-year decision. Basketball doesn’t last forever. There’s a lot of life after retirement, and you want to have something to fall back on. School, education, that’s what I’m really looking at.
“How do they play their guards? How is the relationship with the coaching staff and the guards? Am I going to be able to be a spiritual leader there? I’m big in my faith, and I believe God is the only reason we’re here. Spiritually, will they help me grow better as a man?
“I can honestly say, I can check all the boxes at Michigan.”