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Heralded Indiana basketball freshman Romeo Langford unveils his jersey number, how will he stack up historically?

New Albany High School senior Romeo Langford announces his decision to attend Indiana University to continue his basketball career this past April at the high school. (By The Associated Press)
Indiana University men's basketball coach Archie Miller, center, speaks with Hoosier sports information director J.D. Campbell, right, at an IU Alumni Association event this spring near Borden. (By Tom Davis of News-Sentinel.com)
Former Indiana University men's basketball player Kory Barnett
Former Indiana University men's basketball player Will Sheehey
Former Indiana University men's basketball player Curtis Jones
Former Indiana University men's basketball player Max Bielfeldt

It wasn’t quite equivalent to watching heralded Indiana University men’s basketball recruit Romeo Langford take to the court at Assembly Hall in his candy-striped warm-ups, but the 2018 Indiana Mr. Basketball wearing the Hoosiers’ jersey for a photo shoot recently was still pretty enticing for the Hoosier Nation to watch on the latest “vlog’ that the Indiana program posted on social media.

Langford arrived in Bloomington last month and second-year Indiana coach Archie Miller spoke this spring on what this summer would consist of for Langford.

“Romeo is ready to go to work,” Miller said. “He’s a basketball guy. He’s a willing learner. Anytime that you have ever been around him he sucks everything out of you in terms of information.

“He’s a great student of the game and his talent speaks for itself. Getting acclimated to college is the first step, though.”

For the Hoosiers’ photo shoot, Langford adorned the number 0, which will only be the fifth time in Indiana history that a player selected that number.

Here is a look back at Langford’s predecessors in wearing the number 0.

KORY BARNETT

The walk-on forward from Rochester High School made history for the Hoosier program by becoming the first player to ever wear the number.

Barnett sported 0 for three seasons (2009 through 2012).

He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for three seasons and was named as the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner during the 2010-11 season.

Barnett played in 48 games and scored a total of 12 points in his career.

WILL SHEEHEY

Langford will challenge Sheehey for the most impactful Hoosier to ever wear the number 0.

Sheehey opened his career by wearing the number 10 for his first two seasons but switched to 0 for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Interestingly enough, his best basketball was played while wearing the number 0.

Sheehey was named as the Big Ten Conference Sixth Man of the Year for the 2012-13 season and followed that up by earning honorable mention All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2013-14.

The Florida native played in 130 games for Indiana and started 50 of them.

Sheehey scored 1,120 points for his career, including averaging over 11 points per game as a senior.

MAX BIELFELDT

The Michigan transfer was the first of consecutive Indiana players to wear the number 0 for just a single season, which may be duplicated by Langford, who is expected to apply for the NBA Draft next spring following his freshman season.

Bielfeldt took advantage of the newly-implemented graduate transfer rule and graduated from Michigan and transferred for one season in Bloomington. The year was a successful one, as the 6-foot-8 forward was named as the league’s Sixth Man of the Year.

Bielfeldt played in 35 games for Indiana with five starts, as he averaged over eight points and four rebounds per game.

CURTIS JONES

Like Bielfedt, Jones’ time in an Indiana jersey – of any number – was short-lived.

He wore the number for the 2016-17 season and played in 33 games, making just one start.

The 6-foot-4 guard opened the 2017-18 season under Miller but announced in December that he would transfer. Jones is finishing his career at Oklahoma State.

Jones scored a total of 115 points in his Hoosier career.

The remainder of the 2018-19 Indiana newcomers will wear the following numbers based on the photo shoot.

Jake Forrester (freshman forward, No. 4), Rob Phinisee (freshman guard, No. 10), Jerome Hunter (freshman forward, No. 21), Damezi Anderson (freshman forward, No. 23), and Evan Fitzner (graduate transfer forward from St. Mary’s, No. 55).

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