Since the start of February, one of the most improved, under-the-radar players for Murray State has been junior Wayne Langston. Although averaging less than 12 minutes per game, Langston has played 41 minutes over the past two games and is starting to establish a paint presence for the Racers.
“It takes them a semester to understand how hard you have to work and how much work you have to put in,” Murray State head coach Steve Prohm said.
An obstacle Langston had to overcome was the time missed with his teammates during the summer when he was graduating from McLennan Community College in Texas. Langston has since gained chemistry with teammates after playing valuable minutes recently, and it's paying off for him and the Racers.
“I think it was (against) (Southeast Missouri), Jonathan Fairell was in foul trouble and Langston stepped up and had a huge part in the win,” Murray State sophomore guard Cameron Payne said. “He's just been getting better every day. That's what we need out of him.”
Not only is Langston making a difference this season, but the junior will have a chance to fill the big shoes of seniors Jarvis Williams and Jonathan Fairell during his senior season.
“There's a ton of spots to fill and we'll do that in recruiting, but he's given me a lot of positive thoughts going into next year and he'll command one of those spots for sure,” Prohm said.
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