Things Moving Slowly For Lang

One of the true surprises of the Tournament of Champions and for that matter the spring season, has to be the play of center James Lang. The Alabama Ice and Central Park Christian senior has improved his physique and his game is flourishing.

Lang Finishing Career At Central Park Christian

Former Shaw High School center James Lang will finish his high school career at Birmingham (AL) Central Park Christian, according to his mother, Wanda Lang-Harris.

Lang-Harris moved her son into a more college-prepartory based setting for a number of reasons.

"It's not just a basketball thing," Lang-Harris said. "You are going to have to maintain those grades to play basketball. If (students) don't keep those grades up then they lose a basketball career. If they really want to play basketball that badly, then they need to focus on the education. The basketball is going to help him but his mind is going to take him where he needs to go."

While James focuses on schoolwork, his parents have put a restrictor plate on the speed of his recruitment. "We aren't talking to anybody until after his senior year," Lang-Harris said. "A lot of people have been calling and the AAU coach he has says a lot of people have been calling and inquiring."

Lang-Harris indicated that interest has come from Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, LSU and Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide had the early jump on Harris. "I know from Day One they have been writing him," Lang-Harris said.

Still, it doesn't matter right now who was on him first or who is recruiting him the hardest; at least not to his mother. "I've learned through reading the guidelines that a lot of people take advantage of (the early recruiting period). (College staffs) want you to make a decision. He has another year of high school."

And that next year might be scary considering the strides Lang has made in conditioning, athleticism and overall basketball prowess. At 6-10, 305 the sky is the limit.

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