Pro Hoosiers: Celtics’ Romeo Langford likely to return after All-Star break

Former one-and-done IU basketball star Romeo Langford is nearing his next opportunity to put a frustrating run of injuries behind him.

The second-year Boston Celtics wing has been very active lately and could return to the court in less than a month according to Boston head coach Brad Stevens.

“He’s doing a lot,” Stevens told the assembled media prior to a game on Thursday. “He’s not playing live yet. He’s had a little bit of soreness that was to be expected. But that’s probably going to push him to the break, and he’ll probably be available after the break.”

The NBA’s All-Star break takes place in March, with the game scheduled for March 7.  The league has not yet released the second half of the schedule.

Langford had the scapholunate ligament in his right wrist surgically repaired in September while the Celtics were still in the NBA bubble in Orlando, and he has not played yet this season.

The now 21 year-old Langford appeared in 32 games during his rookie season after being selected with the 14th pick in the 2019 draft. The New Albany, Ind. product averaged 2.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, .4 assists, .3 steals, and .3 blocks in 11.6 minutes per contest.  Langford shot 35 percent from the field overall for Boston including 18.5 percent from three-point range.

After recovering in 2019 from a torn ligament in his thumb while with IU, Langford suffered several additional relatively minor injuries during his rookie season, including a strained groin that caused him to miss some time during the preseason, and a knee sprain shortly thereafter.  During the regular season, Langford suffered multiple right ankle injuries while playing for the Maine Red Claws.

Langford was named second team All-Big Ten by the coaches during his lone season at Indiana.  He played in and started 32 games and was the top freshman scorer in the Big Ten and the IU leader with 16.5 points per contest.  Langford had the third highest scoring average among major college freshmen.

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