Key to a future Storm


After a weekend in Queens, N.Y., Keylantra Langley didn't need to make the short trip home to Connecticut and sleep on her decision.

Instead, she met with the coaches at St. John's one more time before leaving campus, giving them the news they were hoping to hear: Langley intends to join the Red Storm.

"I have a great relationship with the head coach and I just got along well with all the girls," Langley said. "I'm excited."

Langley, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Bridgeport, Conn., is the second Connecticut guard to commit to St. John's from the 2010 class. Briana Brown, a 5-foot-9 guard from nearby Norwalk, Conn., committed to St. John's in August.

Langley, a senior at Lauralton Hall High School, also took visits to Marist and James Madison, and cancelled a planned visit to Cincinnati.

"I liked Marist a lot, too," Langley said. "They were probably the front-runner for a while. But just the feeling at St. John's is what I liked – they play a more up-tempo game and they're in the Big East, with some of the best competition."

Despite playing her high school ball in Connecticut, an oft-overlooked state between the metropolitan centers of New York City and Boston, Langley feels a home playing against the best competition. She credits her Connecticut Premiere club team with that lesson.

"In high school, we're just playing the best players in Connecticut," she said. "But in AAU, there's always people on the other team ranked among the best in the country. If you have the talent, you'll get the looks, no matter where you're from."

At No. 37 in ESPN HoopGurlz' 2010 rankings as a point guard, Langley has skills that could also lend to success as a shooting guard. Her athletic frame and solid speed allow her to attack the basket in traffic and move quickly down the court, while her basketball I.Q. gives her that extra spark to be among the best.

As a junior, she helped Lauralton Hall to a state semifinal appearance in Class LL, which includes Connecticut's largest high schools.

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Mindi Rice is an ESPN HoopGurlz staff writer. She previously was an award-winning sportswriter at the Tacoma News Tribune and a barista at Starbucks, and grew up in Seattle, where she attended Roosevelt High School before graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism. She can be reached at mindi@hoopgurlz.com.