James L. Edwards III at TheAthletic.com wrote about the relationship between Saint Joseph's greats Jameer Nelson and Langston Galloway, who are now members of the Detroit Pistons. A link to the full story (subscription required) follows the excerpt.
In the summer of 2009, Langston Galloway visited Philadelphia to see his uncle, Saint Joseph's assistant basketball coach Geoff Arnold.
Galloway had made the trek many times before from his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. But on this trip, Galloway was on the St. Joe's campus for the dedication of Hagan Arena, a newly renovated incarnation of the beloved 60-year-old Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Hawks coach Phil Martelli and his staff were recruiting the Louisiana native, and having him present for the re-opening event could only help their case.
NBA veteran Jameer Nelson was also there. Five years earlier, he and Delonte West famously lifted Saint Joseph's to a 27-0 regular season. The Hawks earned a No. 1 seed in the 2004 NCAA tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight. Nelson was the consensus national player of the year.
“I walked [Galloway] over to Jameer, and I'll never forget, Langston had a little bit of a bush at the time. He wasn't cutting his hair for some reason,” Arnold told The Athletic. “So I said, 'Jameer, this is Langston, my nephew from Louisiana. We're trying to get him.' Jameer was like, 'You're trying to come?' and Langston was like, 'Yeah, yeah … I'm thinking about it.' Jameer said, 'When are you going to get your hair cut?'
“I'll never forget that.”
A few days later, Galloway walked into Martelli's office and announced his intention to attend Saint Joseph's.