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Devin Langford to sign with basketball-crazy Illinois tomorrow

Devin Langford excels in what is the second- or third-most popular sport in SEC country. But the Huntsville (Ala.) Lee senior learned during a fall visit to the University of Illinois campus that unlike the football-crazy South, basketball is king in the Land of Lincoln.

“Other schools looking at him were football schools (including Auburn and Alabama),” said James Langford, Devin’s father, on Thursday afternoon. “That’s what you get here in the SEC. Illinois was the first school he felt like that had a bigger love for basketball. When he was on a visit (to Champaign during the fall), he was blown away by how many people recognized him and the community support for the team.”

So much so that Devin, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward, verbally committed to the Illini in December. He will sign a national letter of intent to play at Illinois during a ceremony Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.

Illini coach Bruce Weber will announce the signing during a 2 p.m. press conference Wednesday, the first day he can comment on Langford due to NCAA rules.

James Langford, who liked watching Illinois as a high school student, said he thinks Illini coach Weber is the type of “guard-oriented,” motivational coach that can push his son to reach his potential.

James said he’ll make the more than 460-mile drive from Huntsville, in the heart of SEC country, to take in Devin’s first game at the Assembly Hall, the center of college hoops in basketball-crazy Illinois.

“I have a gang of church members that promised me a caravan to go up to the first game,” James Langford said. “It’s exciting.”


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