Now a two-time all-stater, Papillion-LaVista junior Ed Chang is Huskerland’s Class A boys basketball player of the year.
Papillion-LaVista entered the 2017 state tournament as the No. 1 seed and pretty much a unanimous favorite to win the title. Things changed dramatically on the Friday night of the tournament, as the brilliantly skilled Chang suffered a crippling ankle injury in his team’s semifinal win against Kearney. With Chang all but immobile - he played, but it was tough to watch - champion Norfolk took full advantage in a 68-49 victory.
As it was, Chang finished the season averaging 18.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Blessed with a silky smooth long-range jumper, Chang shot 52% from the floor, including 52 three-pointers, many of them launched from nearby county seats.
”The thing with Ed is 6-8 with guard-like skills,” says Papio-LV head coach Dan Moore. “Ed can handle the ball and shoot it and his length makes him a game changer on defense.”
Always skilled, over the course of his early career Chang has also gotten stronger and his defense has improved immensely, says Coach Moore. “Ed is also a very positive teammate and works very hard to improve on a daily basis. He obviously changes the game both on offense because he can score inside and outside, and on defense he blocks shots, but changes some many more.”
Chang is developing a growing following of Division I college recruiters, and he’s already fielded several offers, including those from Nebraska and Creighton. Once healthy and after enjoying the expected big summer, there is no telling what kind of big-time offers will become part of his decision making process.