T.J. Lang To Play for Pearl's Auburn Tigers

Basketball prospect T.J. Lang announced on Tuesday he will sign with the Auburn Tigers.

Mobile, Ala.--T.J. Lang, the first high school senior to commit to Auburn's new head basketball coach, said on Tuesday that he will play for the Tigers.

The six-foot-seven guard/forward from McGill-Toolen High School originally was headed to Virgina Tech, but after a coaching change at that college he began to look elsewhere and decided to stay closer to home to play for Coach Bruce Pearl. He chose the Tigers over offers from Mississippi State, Tulsa, Oregon State, Cal and others.

"I feel good about my decision to attend Auburn," Lang told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I feel like it is a good fit for me with Coach Pearl's playing style.

"They run up and down the court and get a lot of threes up," Lang said. "They play with a full-court, man-to-man press defense."

As a senior Lang averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists after scoring 17.1 points per game as a junior for McGill-Toolen.

Lang made an unofficial visit to the AU campus last week with his family and returned over the weekend for an official visit and said he came away impressed.

"I like the coaches, the players and the academics at Auburn," said Lang, who noted that he was impressed with Auburn's school of business.

Lang's commitment to the Tigers was the second in less than 24 hours. On Tuesday evening K.C. Ross-Miller, a point guard at New Mexico State, said he will transfer to Auburn this summer after he graduates from the college in Las Cruces. Ross-Miller will have one season of eligibility and will be able to play for the Tigers during the 2014-15 season.

The son of former Duke basketball star and NBA player Antonio Lang, the Auburn commitment said his dad didn't try to influence him to attend a particular college.

"The main thing my dad said was to make sure you choose a school you feel comfortable with," Lang pointed out. "Even when I first decided to go to Virginia Tech my dad didn't really weigh in with his opinion on it. He wanted it to be my decision and didn't want to be the one that is pressuring me to go to any particular place."

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