Langhurst looks at next basketball venture

Willard graduate wants to get on the court again.
Mike Greco
Jan 15, 2014

Jimmy Langhurst is looking for his next venture in basketball.   

The 2006 Willard graduate and the area’s all-time leading scorer (2,199) hopes a recent tournament will help his case.   

Langhurst tried out and made the Uhoops.com   team, which just wrapped up playing in the CIBACOPA 2013 tournament in Mexico.   

The 6-foot guard — who played collegiately at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh — averaged 20 points, four rebounds and four assists as the team played seven games.   

He led the team with 32 points, in addition to three rebounds and four assists, against Balto Guadalajara on Dec. 27.   

“It was a good experience,” Langhurst said. “We got to play, sightsee and there were great crowds”   

Uhoops.com   was one of two American teams in the tournament. The rest were Mexican pro teams.   

“I’m trying to get back overseas,” Langhurst said. “I’m trying to get my foot in the door”   

Langhurst had a competitive tryout for the Uhoops.com   in October in Kansas City, Mo. and was selected   

“Eighty or so players tried out,’’ he said. “They took a select few — nine. I wanted to get my name out. There were Mexican GMs”   

Langhurst didn’t play professionally in 2013. In the summer, he attended the Las Vegas Exposure Camp and made the All-Star game roster of top 40 out of 200 players.   

Langhurst averaged 16 points per game.   

“I was selected to go to the LV camp with 200 players from across the U.S.’’ he said.   

There were ex-NBA players and NBA D-League players in attendance.   

“It was nice to see that I got to play with them and hold my own with being selected in that Top 40,’’ Langhurst said.   

In 2011-12, Langhurst spent a season with the UK Sheffield Sharks of the British Basketball League.   

He ended up earning British honorable mention honors. Langhurst ranked first in the BBL in 2012 for threepoint (46) and free-throw shooting (92) percentages. He missed just seven free throws in the season.

“On the court, it was different,” Langhurst said. “Nate Reinking (of Galion) was one of the veterans. I was the youngest guy at 25. I did what I needed to do. The veterans wanted me to lead” But Langhurst spent just one season with the Sharks.

“That is how it goes,’’ he said. “Overseas, it’s usually a one-year contract. I figured I’d get another look, but it happens. There was also uncertainties when one of their sponsors left’’

Langhurst has been in Pittsburgh, working out and on his game for the next opportunity.

“I’ll play anywhere,” he said. “I just want to be on the floor. I also played some in Canada over the summer. I get to see the world and get a paycheck”

And going back to Mexico to play is an option. “There are three leagues down there, so playing in all three is something that can be done,” Langhurst said. “The leagues are three or four months each”