Considered the top remaining big man in the class of 2003, James Lang from Central Park Christian in Birmingham, Alabama has kept a low profile since the summer when the race for the his signature reached a fevered pitch.
RivalsHoops.com caught up Lang Saturday afternoon coming off a 14-point, 10-rebound performance while helping Central Park (21-1) to an 83-75 win over Griffin (GA) High School.
“It was a nice win for us. I didn’t turn in my best performance but their defense did a good job of keeping me from getting the ball,” he said. “All that is important to me is that we win. My stats don’t mean much.”
Lang, who is averaging 24 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocked shots per contest this year, indicated that he has narrowed his list of colleges to four.
“Alabama and Louisville are my favorites with UAB and Kentucky right behind them,” Lang said. “I really have not started to narrow them down yet because I’ve been concentrating on my senior season. After the season, I will probably take some more visits and then decide from there.”
Lang admits that transferring from Shaw High School in Mobile (AL) to Central Park has been good for him in more ways than one.
“Being at Central has really helped me a lot. I’ve made a lot of academic progress but I can’t let up,” he said. “It’s important that I continue to work hard now, or all that the work that I have done over the last year will be wasted.”
The question of which college he will choose, or whether or not he will be full qualifier after this season, might be a moot point if the NBA comes calling.
“I have not thought about the NBA much,” Lang said. “If I knew that I was going to go in the lottery then I would really have to consider making the jump but right now I want to enjoy this year and focus on winning a championship and making my grades.”