Huntsville's Josh Langford signs with Auburn Basketball

AUBURN, AL - The state of Alabama's No. 1 ranked player, Josh Langford, a 6-foot-7, 207-pound, small forward from Huntsville Lee High School has signed a national letter of intent to attend Auburn University and play basketball in 2010-11, head coach Tony Barbee announced Thursday.

Langford, ranked No. 1 on the final 2010 Birmingham News Boys Super Seniors list, was named the Alabama MVP in the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic in March after scoring a game-high 25 points to go along with nine rebounds. He made 11-of-17 shots from the field.

"I'm excited that Josh has decided to join the Auburn Family," said Barbee. "He is a huge recruit for me and for the program as we try to establish Auburn as one of the programs to beat on the floor and in recruiting in the Southeast. In getting the best player in the state of Alabama in the Class of 2010 was a very important to establish that we are going to go after the best, and Josh is the best in Alabama this year.

"It is important for me to recruit guys who have come from winning programs, and he played on the Class 5A state championship this year for Lee High School. Two things I know about Josh is one, he has played for a great coach in Coach (Greg) Brown at Lee High School so he has been coached before. It won't be a shock to the system when he comes here. The other thing I know is he comes from a great family with his mom, dad and sister. They are a great family with a great support system around him so we are getting a great kid as well."

Possessing a 39 inch vertical leap, Langford led Lee High School to the Class 5A State Championship while averaging 22 points and 13 rebounds on the season for coach Greg Brown. He had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the championship game as he led the Lee Generals to their first state title since 1968 as the team finished 25-10 on the season.

"You know you are getting a very talented young man on the basketball floor," said Barbee. "He still has to improve in a lot of different areas, but they all have to when they come to college. We are getting a very explosive player athletically, a player who has offensive skills being able to play on the perimeter, handle it and shoot it and make plays off the bounce which are going to be key in the type of offense that we are going to employ.

"At the same time, on top of all those things, you are getting a quality young man who is going to represent this program and this university in a class way. We are very excited about Josh."

Langford totaled 23 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks to lead Lee to a 74-57 victory over No. 1 Butler High School in the Class 5A Northwest Regional final. He scored 31 points, including five in the last 1:08, in a 68-66 win over Sparkman in the championship game of the 27th annual Huntsville Times Classic, averaging 23.7 points in the four-game holiday tournament.

He totaled 24 points, 11 rebounds and three fourth quarter blocks in a 74-64 win over Hazel Green. Langford signed with Auburn over West Virginia, Louisville, Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss.

Langford is the first No. 1 player in the state of Alabama that Auburn has signed since Selma High School's Doc Robinson signed on Nov. 13, 1995. Robinson became a first-team All-American point guard who helped Auburn to the 1999 SEC Championship and a 29-4 record, a state of Alabama Div. I record for wins.