When Ed Chang committed to Missouri last spring, the former San Diego State combo forward was seen as a possible floor spacer. Instead, Chang, who arrived via Salt Lake Community College, never saw the floor for the Tigers.
Almost predictably, he’s on the move again.
According to multiple outlets, Chang became the fourth player to enter the transfer portal this spring, joining Xavier Pinson, Parker Braun and Mark Smith. Verbal Commits reported the news first. The departure opens up a third scholarship vacancy for coach Cuonzo Martin and his staff to refashion its roster.
When Chang selected the Tigers, he was coming off a lone season at SLCC where he averaged 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and knocked 39.7 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. However, he never cracked the rotation at his third stop.
With more than 1,000 names in the transfer market this spring, MU won’t lack options to fill his slot. The chief question is who the staff decides to prioritize.
Late last week, MU tried to import some scoring prowess when it landed the pledge of Green Bay combo guard Amari Davis. Since then, the Tigers made the cut for UMKC wing and St. Louis native Brandon McKissic. They’ve also touched base with Eastern Kentucky point guard Wendell Green Jr., who posted 15.8 points and 5.0 assists on his way to becoming the Ohio Valley Conference’s Freshman of the Year. MU tracked the Green, a Michigan native, while he was a prep prospect at La Lumiere School.
On Monday, the Tigers also touched base with Tamar Bates, arguably their top priority in the 2021 recruiting cycle, after the combo guard backed off his pledge to Texas. Yet the competition for Bates, the No. 56 prospect in 247Sports’ composite index, figures to be stiff, with Kentucky and Gonzaga reportedly reaching out as well.
With three openings, Martin possesses a degree of flexibility to check off several needs: a reliable ball-handler, a jump-shooter, and a big capable of rebounding and protecting the rim.