Lang displays skills against nation's best
James Lang displayed his vast potential in the McDonald's All American game Wednesday night in Cleveland's Gund Arena. Lang ended with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 steal on the night. He played exceptionally well in the first half, scoring 10 points on 5-7 field goals, grabbing 7 rebounds and blocking a shot.
Listed at 305 pounds, it's quite evident to anyone who saw him early last summer that his actual weight is closer to 350-360.
Even carrying the extra weight, Lang displayed his amazing agility, mobility and desire to run the floor. His foot work is incredible for a young player his size, as evidenced by the step around deflection he had in the first half.
"He can really catch the ball, he has really good hands," said ESPN analyst Jay Bilas. "He's got a good drop step and serviceable post moves.....and if he does some day wind up playing for Rick Pitino I promise you he will be in better condition."
He certainly proved quick off his feet grabbing seven first half rebounds, including two rebounds off his own misses during the first twenty minutes of action.
Lang also showed he could flourish in the uptempo pace of the top high school all star game in the land by running the floor and finishing at the rim with a thunderous transition dunk off a flashy dish from LeBron James.
And in a game that is traditionally dominated by athletic guards and forwards, Lang found a way to stand out from the crowd of talented players.
"With his size and strength (he) can be a dominating player," said recruiting guru Bob Gibbons of Lang.
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