Langston Galloway is one of St. Joseph’s most decorated basketball players. Any doubters to that statement can just look at the numbers. They do not lie.
Galloway, who played at St. Joseph’s from 2010 to 2014, is the second leading scorer in Hawks history with a total 1,991 points. He is also the all-time leader in career three pointers made at St. Joe’s with 343. 10 of those threes came in a single game against Fordham giving Galloway another school record, this one for most three-pointers in a single game. In four years at St. Joseph’s, Langston also set the school record for most career starts with 132 and tallied double digits in 99 of those games.
Along with the statistics and records Galloway has set, the 6-foot-2 guard also has a number of collegiate accolades under his belt. In 2014, he was an Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team selection, a co-recipient of the John P. Hilferty Award as SJU's MVP (the third time he did so), and was also selected to the All-Philadelphia Big 5 First Team.
Those days are in the past however, and St. Joe’s is looking to find another star guard who can revive the program.
So where is the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native now? Well, with a college resume like that, many would think that Galloway would find no hardships in building a decent career playing basketball. The former St. Joe’s Hawk is about to enter his second year in the NBA as a part of the New York Knicks, playing with and against the most elite competition in the world. But the opportunity to play along-side eight-time NBA All-Star, Carmelo Anthony, and under the watchful eye of 11-time NBA head coach champion, Phil Jackson, was not given to Galloway. He had to earn it.
The St. Joe’s product went undrafted in 2014 following his final year as a Hawk, but made enough noise in college to earn a spot on the New York Knicks’ Summer League team. As a member of the Knicks’ summer squad, Galloway impressed and as a result, was invited to participate in Knicks training camp. He continued to put in all the effort he could and was able to play for the Knicks during their preseason schedule. Although Knicks head coach Derek Fisher and Knicks president Phil Jackson were thrilled by Langston’s tenacious attitude and outstanding skill, the roster spots filled up with experienced players. The undrafted rookie was sent to the NBA’s Developmental League, a path that is almost inevitable for every undrafted NBA prospect.
Despite not finding instant playing time in the big leagues, Galloway used the D-League to his advantage by showcasing his unstoppable scoring and hard nosed effort. In just 19 games played for the Westchester Knicks, he averaged 16.5 points per game, 2.6 steals and 5.9 rebounds. With Derek Fisher’s team struggling to find consistent guard play during their worst season in franchise history and Langston Galloway thriving in the D-League, the New York Knicks decided to call-up the 6-foot-2 combo guard from the Westchester Knicks on January 7th, 2015, to play under the bright lights of New York City. And although its lights shine bright, Galloway was not blinded. Officially as a New York Knick, Galloway looked to make the most out of the opportunity given to him and became a new fan favorite amongst the distraught Knicks faithful. Galloway pumped life and energy back into Knicks-Nation with a plethora of clutch shots and spectacular putback dunks. The former St. Joe’s star was quickly transforming into a Knick hero, in what seemed to be a rapid New-York-minute.
When reflecting on the trust that the Knicks organization has in him, Galloway said to NYKnicks.com, “I’m just trying to take advantage of my opportunities and just go out there and have fun and just do what I’ve been doing for my whole career.”
For the 2014-15 NBA season, Galloway only played in the second half of it, but still averaged 11.8 points per game (third among rookies), 3.3 steals, and 4.2 rebounds in just 45 games played. The outstanding performance earned Langston a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, becoming the only undrafted rookie in Knicks’ franchise history to make an All-NBA Rookie team.
With one professional season under his belt, we get to see the rising star in his first game as a second year player during the New York Knicks’ first game of the 2015-16 NBA season on October 28th against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Derek Fisher believes that Galloway’s road to success was one that was built through the 23 year-old’s own determination.
Coach Fisher told NYKnicks.com, “You talk about (scenarios like) a movie, or a book, I think to continue to kind of persevere and believe in himself…that’s the only way that this type of stuff happens.”
Check out Langston Galloway’s rookie highlights HERE
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