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Keith Langford on fire overseas

Former Kansas University basketball player Keith Langford, second from left, accepts the hardware as MVP of the Adriatic League’s Final Four tournament.

Former Kansas University basketball player Keith Langford, second from left, accepts the hardware as MVP of the Adriatic League’s Final Four tournament.

May 20, 2012

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Former Kansas University basketball guard Keith Langford continues to dominate overseas.

The 6-foot-4 Fort Worth, Texas, native recently was named MVP of the Adriatic League’s Final Four tournament.

Langford, who plays for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, scored 21 points, grabbed four rebounds and had three steals in an 87-77 championship-game victory over Cedevita. He scored 17 points in the semifinals.

Maccabi this week will begin play in the Israeli Final Four.

He will return to the United States on May 28 and figures to spend at least some time in Lawrence in June to work out with his brother, KU junior-to-be Justin Wesley.

It’s being speculated that the 28-year-old Langford will not return to Maccabi next season.

Italian website Sportando.net reports that Langford is No. 1 target of Emporio Armani Milano of Italy. Also, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul has made an offer.

“We presented Keith with our best offer, but we’re aware he has others we can’t match,” a Maccabi team official told Sportando. Maccabi reportedly has offered Langford $800,000 for next season and a $100,000 buyout if he leaves the team after one season.

Sportando reveals that Euroleague teams Armani Milano and Ulker Istanbul are offering well over $1 million a year, perhaps up to $1.5 million.

Offer: Kevon Looney, a 6-foot-8 junior wing from Milwaukee’s Hamilton High, has received a scholarship offer from KU, Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi reports. Looney played for the Milwaukee Rebels in last weekend’s Kansas City Classic AAU Tournament in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

“The Milwaukee (Wis.) Hamilton product showed off improved athleticism and ball handling to go along with ever-improving range on his jumper,” Bossi wrote. “Looney is simply a kid with a knack for making basketball plays on both ends of the floor, and his high shoulders and length allow him to fully utilize his size making him a matchup problem who can play on the interior or perimeter.”

Bossi says Looney has offers from KU, Wisconsin, Marquette, Illinois, Tennessee and Michigan.

Custer update: Clayton Custer, a 6-foot junior to be from Blue Valley Northwest, also competed at the tourney for MoKan Elite. He has received offers from Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Houston thus far.

Barber likes KU, Bama: Anthony Barber, a 6-2 senior-to-be from Hampton (Va.) High, tells hokiehaven.com that KU and Alabama have been recruiting him the hardest of late. He also has UConn, Duke, Virginia, Virginia Tech and others on his list.

“I look forward to going to the schools and seeing what they’ve got,” Barber told the website.

Comments

Joe Hyde 2 years, 7 months ago

It would be impossible to count the number of times an opposing team's guards and forwards have gotten suckered watching Keith Langford laboriously walk himself up court on offense, appearing for all the world like he's just seconds from physical collapse, only to accept a teammate's pass on the wing and then make a lightning flash to the hole for a layup or two-handed jam.

I've never seen any player -- high school, college or pro -- execute the "Dead Dog Death Dealer" act like Langford did when he was here at KU. You felt yourself getting bone tired just watching the poor guy move on court...until miraculously he somehow scored and then we all felt better.

LeBo 2 years, 7 months ago

How did Josh Selby and not Langford or Collins make the Legends of the Phog team?

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