T.J. Lang, the son of former Duke and NBA forward Antonio Lang, told me today (Monday) that he has orally committed to play basketball for Virginia Tech.
The 6-foot-6 Lang, an off-guard/small forward, is a senior at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile, Ala.
He said he also had scholarship offers from Oregon State, Georgia, Florida International, App State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Western Carolina and others.
“The [Tech] coaches, ever since May, and then June and July, whenever they were allowed to come, they were the first people in every gym, at every tournament — the head coach and the head assistant were the first people to watch all my games. They were always there. I talked to them every other day,” Lang said. “When I went up to campus, they were 100 percent honest with me and they didn’t really put on a show. … Me and the players, we clicked. It felt more like a family-type atmosphere than a college.”
He said Duke did not make him a “legitimate” offer.
“I saw them at a couple (games),” Lang said. “It’s a lot of pressure and I think Coach K kind of knew that. … Duke has never recruited another player’s son. … I respect that.”
He was an all-state pick and the Mobile Press-Register player of the year last season, when he averaged 17.1 points and 4.9 rebounds.
“I can get a lot of points very quickly,” he said. “Normally at the beginning of the game, if the first 3 falls, the rest start to fall. I like to get on the break — a lot of lobs, 360, windmill. Very high percentage shooter.
“Down here I get face guarded and boxed and one, so it’s a lot more off the dribble type with more jazz-step moves. Just knocking down shots whenever I get them. Normally I’ll start with a couple 3s to kind of have the defense come out further on me, then I’ll go back to the basket. After that, it’s kind of in between.”
Lang’s father scored 1,012 points for Duke from 1990-94 before being taken by the Suns in the second round in the 1994 NBA Draft. He was part of the 1991 and 1992 NCAA championship teams and the 1994 Final Four team. He spent six years in the NBA.
“Athleticism-wise,” the two are similar, T.J. said. “The way I play is more smooth offensively. … My dad was more of a post player, I’m more of a guard. …. Ever since I was young my dad preached to me the importance of handling the ball.”