The Illinois basketball coaching staff is pretty good at multitasking.
Brad Underwood has put together some solid Illini recruiting classes since taking the reins in 2017. The class of 2022 might be the best we have seen yet. That, of course, is still left up to the players coming in. But the fact Illinois could land a top 10 recruiting class is impressive.
On top of Underwood and his coaching staff pulling in one of the best classes for 2022, they have also landed a top 50 player in Morez Johnson and a point guard in ZZ Clark for 2024. As Illinois is landing all of this talent, the coaching staff is still offering scholarships at the same time.
One of the most recent scholarship offers from the Illini was to Colt Langdon. He is a 6-foot-7, 205-pound small forward from Millbrook High School and resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. He isn’t rated or ranked by 247Sports, but that is only due to the fact Langdon is from the class of 2025.
Just think about that for a second. Langdon is about to be a sophomore in high school, and he already has an offer from the Illini. But Illinois wasn’t the only team to take notice of Langdon. He also received a handful of other offers in the past couple of days with some of the bigger names being Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, and Ohio, in addition to Illinois.
Illinois basketball would be getting a familiar game with Colt Langdon.
Let me tell you, I love the way Langdon plays the game of basketball. There is an energy about his game that isn’t teachable. I feel like some players have it and others don’t. This kid has that energy.
I believe Langdon is a natural-born leader who can control the ball but still make his teammates better. High school kids are usually trying to get their own on the court, but Langdon is trying to win basketball games. I love that mentality. He does whatever it takes to get the W.
Langdon does have a buttery stroke from anywhere on the court. He can hit the three-point shot, but he can also hit the mid-range jumper. He isn’t afraid to take the ball to the hoop either. When I watch his game, I really think about the way Kendrick Nunn plays. Langdon has that style.
It is smart for Illinois to extend an offer to Langdon this early in the process. His recruitment is going to blow up, especially with three years left at the high school level. Look for Langdon to have his choice of any program in the nation. Hopefully, Illinois is the eventual landing spot.