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Trajan Langdon (Duke)
Trajan Langdon earned the nickname the “Alaskan Assassin” for his ability to shoot the rock. Langdon first started killing his opponents, with his jumper, in high school. He set Alaska’s 4A High School Record of 2,200 career points and was also named Alaska’s POY 3 times. He played in the McDonald’s All-American game where he also won the 3-point contest. Langdon then enrolled at Duke and took his game with him. When he graduated, he set the Duke record for most career 3-point field goals. J.J. Redick went on to break this record in 2006. At Duke he was a three-time All-ACC player. He was a Naismith and Wooden Award finalist in his junior and senior seasons (teammate Elton Brand won both awards in 1999). Some Duke fans and most Connecticut fans may remember Langdon for traveling with about 6 seconds left in the 1999 NCAA Championship game. However, Langdon dropped 25 points, including a clutch 3 to cut the UConn lead to 1 with about a minute left in that 77-74 loss to the Huskies. Without him, Duke probably wouldn’t have even been in that game. Langdon was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the 1999 NBA Draft. He played with the Cavs for three years. On November 2, 1999, he became the first Alaskan in play in the NBA.
Where is he now? After the NBA, Langdon continued his professional career in Europe. His first stop was in the Italian League where he played for Benetton Treviso. After Italy, he played for a year in Turkey and followed that up with playing a year for Russia’s Dynamo Moscow. He currently plays for CSKA Moscow. CSKA Moscow won the Euroleague in 2005-06 and 2007-08. The Alaskan Assassin was named the MVP of the 2007-08 Final Four.
Fun Fact: Langdon was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 1994 Major League Baseball draft.
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