Central Michigan added an eighth new player to next year's roster and a seventh commitment to the class of 2012 when Delafield (Wisc.) St. John's Northwestern Military Academy big man Mike Lang committed to the Chippewas. Lang is 6-foot-8 and weighs 220 pounds.
"After taking the visit, I was really impressed with everything CMU has done to their program academically and the direction they are going with the basketball program," said Lang. "In the end, it felt like the right fit."
Lang is originally from Chicago and went to high school at Loyola Academy. He had an offer from Minot State. He also had interest from San Jose State, UNC-Greensboro and UMass-Lowell, as well as a few Division 2 schools.
"It wasn't that tough of a decision. CMU has everything that a person can ask for in regards to academics, a good basketball program and a nice college atmosphere."
The Chicago native was not recruited by CMU under Ernie Zeigler. Lang first heard from the new coaching staff two weeks ago and he received the offer from the Chippewas when he visited Mount Pleasant yesterday. He also visited Minot State a month ago.
"It was great. Everyone I met was really nice and welcoming. They have a great school and great facilities. It just felt right."
The Chippewas are looking at Lang as somebody who can play the four or five spot, as well as somebody who can contribute on pick-and-pop plays.
Lang was on a St. John's team this year that featured two other players, point guard Jacoby Davis and fellow big man Aaron Ross that will be playing at a Division 1 school next year. Davis is headed to Mississippi State and Ross is going to Texas Tech.
"It was great. I got to guard Aaron a lot in practice. It was fun to play against and with a player of his caliber. Jacoby is a great player too. Whenever you a point guard like Jacoby, you're going to have good success."
Lang added that playing at St. John's has helped to prepare for his upcoming journey to CMU.
"Whenever you play with and against players like that in practice, it challenges you and that's the way you get better. It will help me because I had a year playing with them and I got used to it, so it will help me transition into the college style of play."
In the Rivals era, St. John's has produced 12 players that have gone to a Division 1 program, including Trevon Hughes, who was a starting point guard at Wisconsin for three seasons.
"St. John's gave me another year of maturity. It allowed me to work on my game and get better and I accomplished that."
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