Full Name: James Lang
Height/Weight: 6-10 (2.08 m)/ 305 (138.4 kg)
Birthdate: October 17, 1983 (Mobile, Ala.)
High School: Shaw HS (Mobile, Ala.), then Central Park Christian School (Birmingham, Ala.)
NBA DRAFT 2003
Selected in the second round (48th overall) by the New Orleans Hornets
An early entry candidate for the 2003 NBA Draft. Lost more than 70 pounds to get down to around 300 pounds prior to his senior season. Led Central Park Christian School to a National Association of Christian Schools title as a senior. Spent two academic years at Central Park Christian School after attending Shaw High School in Mobile for three academic years.
High School Career Highlights: Named to USA Today High School Boys Basketball All-USA Second Team. Named a 2003 McDonald’s High School All-America player and played in the McDonald’s High School All-American Game and the EA Sports Roundball Classic.
2003 Postseason All-Star Games: In the McDonald’s High School All-American Game, scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 17 minutes of play to help the East record a 122-107 victory. Made seven of his eight field goal attempts. In the EA Sports Roundball Classic, tallied 12 rebounds, seven points and three blocked shots in 24 minutes of action as his West team scored a 120-119 victory.
Senior (2002-03): Averaged 21 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and three assists per game.
Strengths: He is physically imposing and works hard to gain position close to the basket. Gets good position for rebounds and goes after every rebound.