Southeast Missouri is known for having talented big men. Today they may have just added another. Former Auburn forward Josh Langford has transfered to SEMO. Langford, a 6’7″, 215-pound forward, is now enrolled at Southeast. As a result, Langford, who is able to practice with the team immediately, will be eligible in the spring of 2014.
As a freshman, Langford averaged 4.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 15 minutes per game, playing in all 31 games for the Tigers, and starting 12. A concussion cut short his sophomore season, during which he was averaging 5.3 points and 2.1 rebounds a game, with five starts over 15 games.
He scored a career-high 16 points and buried 4-of-5 three-pointers in the Tigers win over Florida State, which advanced to the Elite 8 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
“Josh is a guy that was highly recruited out of high school and we are happy he is joining our program,” said Southeast head coach Dickey Nutt. “We really feel like his year sitting out is going to help him. More importantly is that he can practice. He is left-handed, very explosive and can bring a lot of toughness to our team. We are pleased to land a big recruit like this.”
A native of Huntsville, Ala., Langford signed with Auburn over West Virginia, Louisville, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss. He spent the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons with the Tigers.
Langford was the state of Alabama’s No. 1 ranked player coming out of Huntsville’s Lee High School and was rated No. 1 on the final 2010 Birmingham News Boys Super Seniors list. He averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds, leading Lee to the Class 5A State Championship his senior year in 2009-10. Langford led the Generals with a double-double 15 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game, as Lee won its first state title since 1968.