Thursday, May 14, 2009

Baton Rouge Hoop Hopeful: Langston Galloway

A wise hoop coach once said it: A team's best player takes the worst player, and makes him good.

The words of this ancient basketball deity, he who emphasized the "relative balance in the scoresheet" style, has certainly proved prophetic.

So, while refining facets of his game this season, Langston Galloway embraced his new role as a leader.

He's rapidly become a presence in the passing lanes, watching as his teammates became beneficiaries of his presence.

Accustomed to scoring buckets by the bundles, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound off guard from Christian Life Academy (Baton Rouge, La.) has an inconsistent jumper. When he's on, however, he pierces the net in clusters.

Albeit he's not the feast or famine type, the high-pressure, high-scoring guard needs to develop more of a killer instinct.

Don't get it twisted. LG can turn it on at times, as he did during a valiant 32-point outburst which propelled CLA to a berth in the Top-28 state tournament.

He supplements his seesaw jay with an uncanny ability to knife through and around defenders with oil-smooth moves.

The metamorphosis that led to LG's penchant for playmaking has allowed his high major Division-I stock to increase.

Because of the dual threat Galloway presents (oh and he straps up on defense, too), the recruiting process is starting to heat up. While his game is budding, Baton Rouge is buzzing.

A surplus of Division-I programs have been in active pursuit of one of Louisiana's elite prospects, a four-star recruit whose well-rounded scores on the hardwood run parallel to his well-rounded scores in the classroom.

LSU, Cincinatti, Marquette, and a countless others have hounded down Galloway, he of the aesthetically-pleasing offensive arsenal.

Running with the AAU Select, Galloway has averaged 20 or more points since the 2006-07 campaign.

He's an innate scorer who can create headaches for defenders after he drains back-to-back jumpers.

He can also go Alaska-cold, so his yo-yo jumper is another aspect of his game he'll be refining this summer.

CLA is going to need him to bring the ratchet every night next season.

Not the most athletic of guards, Galloway's basketball awareness and mentality of a modern-day boardsmith makes up for it.

The kid hits the glass like he's Mr. Clean's understudy. He crashes at will, employing the junkyard dog, "hustle or go home" mentality.

While he's situated in a traditional football recruiting hotbed, Galloway has seen players such as Tyrus Thomas, Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Bryce Drew make carve their niche in basketball's upper-echelon.

Also hailing from the same parts as legendary guard "Pistol" Pete Maravich (still the NCAA's all-time leading scorer with 3,667 points in pre-three point land times), Galloway is burning to add another page in the big Baton Rouge history book.

Christian Life Academy coach Todd Foster describes Galloway as "a special player," one capable of ravaging teams with his superior scoring.

It's rumored that Galloway will not stay local and bless LSU with an early verbal.

While it's still May, Galloway's litany of schools will only mount as time continues to slip into the future.