The wait is over for Lake Region State College coach Curt Herman.
Driving away from Warwick High School on Wednesday Herman was hard-pressed to contain his enthusiasm after getting the signature of Melvin Langstaff on a letter of intent to enroll at the school and play basketball for the Royals beginning this fall.
Langstaff’s signing likely closes the recruiting process for Herman for the upcoming season. He has signed eight newcomers to the LRSC program, including Mitchell Wirth (Munich-Starkweather) and Channing Reed (St. John). He is awaiting word on one more player.
Langstaff was, perhaps, the most sought-after recruit in North Dakota this season after helping his Warwick team to the semifinal round of the Region 4 tournament before coming ever so close to knocking off undefeated North Star and missing out on a trip to the state tournament.
That did little to derail the avalanche of awards that Langstaff accumulated in his final prep season.
Langstaff, who guided the Warriors to a 19-5 record and a fourth-place finish at the region tournament, was voted the region’s senior athlete of the year and closed his brilliant career three weeks later when he was selected to the all-state team and walked away with the Mr. Basketball award given each year to the top senior in the state among all schools.
Langstaff scored more than 40 points in no fewer than six games this past season and finished the year with an average of 38.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest. He also collected 4.1 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per game in his senior year with the Warriors.
“He is a complete player,” Warwick coach Kevin Bennefield said in March when Langstaff’s jersey was retired in ceremonies at the school. “He made everyone around him better and he made my job a whole lot easier.”
Langstaff began to emerge as a star in the making during his sophomore season at Warwick. After averaging just 5.1 points per game as a freshman, Langstaff more than doubled that in his second year by scoring 13.1 points per game. It was a trend. He averaged 26 points per game as a junior before his history making campaign this past season that saw him become the school’s all-time scoring leader. Along the way he was chosen to the all-tournament team at the Lake Region Invitational each of his final three seasons in a Warwick uniform. He was also voted to the all-district team at the end of each of his final three seasons as a Warrior.
Lake Region finished 15-15 this past season and will return former Devils Lake High School standout Jordan Snyder and Herman’s own son, Alex, who earned significant playing time in his first season as a Royal.
Lance Logie and Chris Jones are also eligible to return as are redshirts Jay Sewer and Devin Tohm. Sewer is a five-foot, nine-inch point guard and Tohm, a combo guard, stands 5-11.
Page 2 of 2 - Other signeess for the upcoming season include Gage Deis (Brooklyn Park, Minn.), D.K. Augustine (Omaha, Neb.), Darnell Landon (Toronto) and Tanner Stapleton from Sisseton, S.D.