UNICS Kazan adds Ford Trophy winner Langford

Jul 04, 2014 by Euroleague.net Print
UNICS Kazan adds Ford Trophy winner Langford
Keith Langford - EA7 Emporio Armani - EB13_52581
UNICS Kazan added some potent firepower to its roster with the signing of scoring machine Keith Langford to a two-year deal. Langford (1.93 meters, 30 years old) arrives from EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, where he played in each of the last two years. Langford led the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague in scoring with 17.6 points in 25 games to claim the 2014 Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy, took Milan to the playoffs and was chosen to the All-Euroleague First Team. He also helped Milan lift the Italian League trophy for the first time since 1996. Langford has needed just five Euroleague seasons to climb to 63rd overall on the all-time scorers list with 1,246 points. Only one of the 62 players ahead of him (Dejan Bodiroga) has a better scoring average; Langford has averaged 15.6 points in 80 Euroleague games.

Langford returns to Russia, where he played two seasons for Khimki Moscow Region and accomplished exactly what is hoped for of him by his new team; Langford led Khimki to the 2010-11 Euroleague Regular Season via the qualifying rounds. He was the Euroleague Regular Season scoring leader that season with 18.7 points per game. He also helped Khimki win the 2011 VTB United League. After leaving Khimki, Langford spent one season with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, with whom he won win the Adriatic League – and earned final four MVP honors, the Israeli League and the Israeli Cup titles. Langford's first stop in Europe was Vanoli Soresina of the Italian second division. He later moved to the top division to Biella and Virtus Bologna before making the jump to the big stage with Khimki. With Bologna, he won the 2009 EuroChallenge.