From the sandbox to the big time, Lang develops into top recruit at STAB
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Just a couple steps outside the main gym at St. Anne's-Belfield is where Carter Lang first picked up the game of basketball.
"I remember actually it was here," Lang said, sitting on the court at STAB, "On a playground, dribbling a ball with my friends."
From kindergarten to now a rising senior, Lang has grown side-by-side with STAB hoops.
"I went to a lot of STAB varsity games when I was younger. I actually did a couple halftimes with the team," Lang said, "We would scrimmage up and down for 5-10 minutes so I would say I definitely dreamed about it."
STAB boy's basketball coach Damin Altizer recalls meeting Lang around fifth grade. When Altizer accepted the job with the Saints in 2018, Lang was only an eighth grader, but Altizer knew he wanted the young big man on his first team.
"He's everything, he came in as an eighth grader and our motto that year was build a culture," Altizer said, "We wanted to have full stands and we wanted to play teams from all up and down the East Coast. He has been the foundation for that, he's been the centerpiece, and there hasn't been a more productive big man on the East Coast."
Ever since the 6'9" big man has been a mainstay for the Saints. As a junior he earned first team all-state honors, while averaging 18.3 points and 14.9 rebounds, realizing the potential his coach saw in him.
"We have a picture of him from his eighth grade year, and he was jumping against Qudus Wahab from Flint Hill who then committed to Georgetown, and [Hoyas Coach] Patrick Ewing is watching in the background," Altizer recalls showing the picture on his phone, "I had that picture and I sent it to his dad and his mom that night and said five years from now Carter is going to be recruited at the same level, and here we are."
Lang has picked up 13 Division I scholarships and risen to among the top 150 prospects in the country. On Sunday, Lang announced he was narrowing his list down to two: Stanford and Vanderbilt.
"I was really looking for high academic schools within a Power 5 conference," Lang said, who expects to take visits in August and make a final decision in October, "Stanford obviously being a super prestigious school and Vanderbilt is awesome as well, a very competitive school."
Charlottesville has seen a few highly-touted recruits before, but even fewer have gone from the sandbox to the big time like Lang.
"Looking back on it, and I remember every step of the way, through all the grades up, it's really cool to see the process," Lang said.
In an age where the transfer portal is filled up with thousands at the college level and high schoolers jump around, Lang stands out for more than just his size.
"Kids, they go school to school, and to have someone who has been in a school for 13 years, basketball aside, he's an ambassador for our school and an ambassador for our program," Altizer said, "He just represents Central Virginia as a whole."