Nebraska prep star Ed Chang, a 6-foot-7 forward, committed to Washington in July.
Brandon Roy knew when he transitioned from playing to coaching that talent would follow. Last season it was Michael Porter Jr. relocating from Missouri to play for Roy at Nathan Hale. On Wednesday, news broke that Nebraska prep star Ed Chang is relocating to Seattle to finish his senior year at Garfield.
Roy recently accepted the head boys basketball position left vacant by longtime Garfield coach Ed Haskins’ departure. Roy starred for the Bulldogs before moving on to become an All-American player at the University of Washington and three-time NBA All-Star.
Chang, a 6-foot-7, 180-pound forward, appears to be on a similar path. He committed to UW in July and is rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.
“We wish Edward nothing but the best in the years to come,’’ Papillion-La Vista principal Jerry Kalina told the Omaha World-Herald. “He represented Monarch Nation with nothing but class. We will miss his long-range bombs on Friday nights.”
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Chang retweeted news about his pending move on his Twitter account, but declined to comment to reporters. He averaged 18.1 points per game for Papillion-La Vista, a Class A school that was the runner-up to the state championship.
“I understand players do want to play for me; I can’t turn a kid away,” Roy said prior to leading Hale through a 29-0 season capped with the Class 3A state championship and a No. 1 ranking in four national polls. The memorable season was Roy’s first as a coach on any level and shadowed by seven transfers converging on a program that finished the 2015-16 season at 3-18.
Porter, a McDonald’s All-American, was the highlight, decommitting from Washington to play at Missouri this fall.
Garfield lost the 2016-17 state title to Nathan Hale. In addition to losing Haskins (who is an assistant coach at Washington State), the Bulldogs graduated star guards in Jaylen Nowell, who’s enrolled at UW, and Daejon Davis, who’ll play for Stanford.