Class of 2016 five-star shooting guard Josh Langford, currently ranked thirteenth overall among ESPN’s Hot 100 for prospects in that class, has committed to Michigan State. ESPN’s Reggie Rankin reported Langford’s decision.
Breaking Recruiting News : ESPN 100 No. 13 SG Josh Langford has informed @ESPNRNHoops he is headed to Michigan State.
— Reggie Rankin (@ReggieRankin) June 22, 2015
Langford currently attends Madison Academy in Madison, Alabama, near his hometown of Huntsville, and drew interest from a myriad number of schools including Alabama, Baylor, UConn, Florida, Louisville, Kansas, Michigan and N.C. State, among others. At 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, he is seen as a power wing with a great knack for driving to the basket to score as well as pull down rebounds, with his three-point shooting considered his biggest weakness.
Now that he’s committed to the Spartans, he will have a year to improve upon his long range shooting as Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo’s system relies heavily on guards who can hit threes. Considering how the team lost guard Travis Trice to graduation this past season and will lose Denzel Valentine to the same after next, the timing on Langford’s commitment could not be better.
Should he choose to ultimately remain with the program and turn his mere verbal commitment into a signed letter of intent, then Michigan State could once again find itself in Final Four contention.