We all sort of forgot about Langford after Indiana missed the NCAA Tournament. The freshman also missed the NIT Tournament as the Hoosiers lost in the first round to Wichita State. Where does that leave him?
Well, his per-40 numbers are quietly solid: 19.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and a block. At 6-6, Langford brings legitimate playmaking with wing size, a rare combination that will get RJ Barrett taken in the top three this summer and has put past stars like Luka Doncic and Jayson Tatum on the map in a big way.
Langford would fit alongside Kemba Walker if Charlotte decides to pony up on a next extension for their star point guard or help reset the team if Walker leaves. It’s an easy out to say “X player will be fantastic with NBA athletes and shooters” but Langford is an exception. He was playing with one of the worst rosters in the Big Ten. Even the Hornets’ middling, aging roster is a step up.
The ability to score at all three levels will help Langford in the NBA. According to the shot charts at The Stepien, Langford shot 66 percent at the rim and 42 percent from midrange. While his 3-point shooting left much to be desired at just 28 percent from NBA range, Langford has the shooting touch and free throw shooting of a better marksman.
Getting a legit shot creator at No. 12 is rare, but Charlotte has a chance to add a good scorer in the late lottery.