T.J. Lang Closing In On Decision

Three-star basketball prospect T.J. Lang discusses his official visit to Auburn, what he's looking for in a school, his finalists, and more.

Mobile, Ala.--A talented shooting guard originally headed to Virginia Tech, McGill-Toolen standout T.J. Lang took his second trip to Auburn in less than a week when he visited the Tigers officially over the weekend.

Spending time with the coaching staff and players such as Tahj Shamsid-Deen and Malcolm Canada, the 6-7 Lang said the Tigers are definitely in the hunt as he prepares to make his decision.

"It was great," Lang tells Inside The Auburn Tigers of his visit. "I got to spend time with the team and got to know the coaches better and see the rest of the campus.

"They stand very well," he added of Auburn. "I still haven't made a decision. Actually, I think I'm going to decide soon where I'm going to go.

"I'm looking at Auburn, Mississippi State, Tulsa, Oregon State (depending on who they bring in for their coaching staff), California and Jacksonville," he noted.

Meeting with Auburn assistant coaches Tony Jones, Chuck Person and Steven Pearl on his initial trip to the campus last week because of the show-case order still in place prohibiting Bruce Pearl from talking to recruits until August 24th, Lang said this time around he got to spend more time with the players and support personnel around the program. He pointed out that was important for him to see as well because of the time spent off the court when you get to college.

"On the official visit I got to see more of the campus," Lang said. "With my unofficial I was only there for a couple of hours and didn't see much. I kind of got to meet the coaching staff face-to-face that first time.

"I got to meet more people such as from the academic aspect of the school and the strength and conditioning coach," he said. "I have also been talking with some of the players from the team over the phone but getting to spend time with them too was very important."

The biggest draw for Auburn with Lang may be Shamsid-Deen. Building a bond over the course of the last few weeks, the two got to spend a great deal of time together on Lang's visit and it could be just the thing to tip the scales in favor of the Tigers.

"It was good," Lang added. "I got to hang out with Tahj and Malcolm the most. Tahj was my host so I got to hang out with him for a pretty long time. I was texting with him before I went up there and then with him being from Atlanta we both know a lot of the same people (because of AAU ties). It was good.

"I actually talked to him this morning not too long ago," Lang added. "It would be good to go somewhere that not only the coaching staff wants you to come but the players on the team want you to come, too. That's a great feeling."

Planning to major in business administration, Lang said the academic side of things is going to an important part of his decision, but he has several factors in mind that will have to be met when the time comes to pull the trigger.

"It's just the opportunity to come in and contribute in any way that's good for the team," Lang said. "I want to go to a place where there is an opportunity to win in a good conference with a good coaching staff who puts you in the best situation, not only to be a better basketball player but a better person as well. That's very high on my list.

"Also, I'm looking for schools with a good business department. There are a lot of things that factor into my decision."

As a senior Lang averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists after scoring 17.1 points per game as a junior for the Yellow Jackets.


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