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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 2:19 pm  |  11 responses

NBA Pre-Draft Tour: Jet Chang

Division II star holds it down for Taiwan.

by Rodger Bohn@rodgerbohn

While checking out Terrence Ross and Arnett Moultrie in L.A., we were pleasantly surprised with the addition of a player that we had never seen (or heard of, for that matter) before. 6-5 Tsung-hsien Chang, more commonly known as “Jet”, matched up against Ross and showed that he could be the next Asian that you hear coming across your TV screen.

Starring at BYU-Hawaii, Chang had a storied career at the Division II-level. While leading his collegiate team to the D-2 Final Four in 2011, he put on two performances for the ages. In the semifinals, against West Liberty State, he dropped 43 points on a sizzling 14-17 from the field. In the finals, he hung 35 on Bellarmine University. While he came up short in the ‘ship, Chang firmly made his mark, and was the preseason pick for conference POY. After a strong senior campaign. the pride of Tainan, Taiwan, is the first Asian player ever to be invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament for the nation’s top seniors.

The main thing that immediately caught our eye about Chang was his ability to shoot the NBA 3. Throughout the workout, he was right there with Ross (maybe even better) with his accuracy from deep. Not just a shooter from beyond the arc, Jet showed off great form and similar results from mid-range, both spotting up or shooting off the dribble. Chang also surprised onlookers with his athleticism when he threw down some powerful dunks in the drill session.

The biggest concerns about Chang center around his defense and ability to handle the ball. The first question could not be answered in a workout like this, since there wasn’t any live one-on-one action. As for his handle, Jet definitely could use some tightening up if he expects to go up against 6-8 wings with near 7-foot wingspans, the kind that just about every NBA team is equipped with.

Sitting at No. 84 in Chad Ford’s Top 100 Prospects for ESPN, Chang appears to be a guy who is on the outside looking in when it comes to being drafted. He’s destined to get plenty of workouts based on his big-time college career and ability to shoot the NBA 3. His ability to handle the rock and defend NBA caliber wings will ultimately determine his chances of making a roster. Regardless of the outcome, Jet Chang will do everything in his power to put Taiwan on the basketball map.

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  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Never heard of him but props for keeping up with Ross.

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    Looks promising. I’d like to see a scrimmage tape or something…

  • shu

    That’s awsome. Yuta Tabuse, the Japanese former BYU-Hawaii standout couldn’t quite hang on to an NBA roster spot because he was 5’8. I’m not sure about this kid’s wingspan, but if he’s 6-5 he should be at least be able to get a summer-league invite or two. I’m sure every team knows the marketability from Linsanity, he should be able to stick around the league for a few years especially with his shooting. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Dallas drafts/signs him like former Asian NBAers before him like Wang ZhiZhi, JLin, and Easy Yi. (That’s like 40% of all asians to ever play an NBA game!) This might be a bad example especially because they’ll make anyone look good, but he’ll look good next to pass-first PG without great outside shots, like Rubio, Rondo or Dre Miller. GLGLGLGL.

  • JB

    Hope he gets a good look by the scouts. Great DII career, but a whole different level in L. Best of luck to him.

  • EC2

    I’ve seen him play lots of times over the years and funny enough, he was never known as a shooter. His biggest strength was his ability to slash to the hole (and his ability to finish given his above average atheleticism) but I guess he had worked very hard to become a much better shooter now. He’s definitely an explosive scorer but as mentioned before, his defense has lots of room for improvements!! Will be interesting to see whether any teams will take a gamble on him come draft time.

  • Jerry Smith

    He is not 6’5′, he is only 6’3′.
    I was able to watch him play last time at Southern Cal, however, his ball handling was a little bit weak. He can not compare with Jermey Lin at all.

  • Groves

    if Taiwan gets a solid big-man then the national team starts looking nice with jeremy lin and jet chang in the backcourt

  • Kobester

    He can’t really handle the ball and his jump shots are inconsistent. Ability to play D? Maybe in short spurts, but for 25 minutes a game? Forgetaboutit~! Almost all the “pros” in Taiwan share those shortcomings for some reason. He reminds me of that dude who got cut by the Kings back around 1998 and then spent some time in the D-League. They are both pretty good athletes but their shortcomings are too glaring for them to make it to the next level. I would love to be proven wrong though, since I am Taiwanese.

  • superstar

    uh, first of all sean chen tried out for the kings in 2002, and nobodys expecting Jet to get 25 mpg off the start, we’re just hoping he cracks a roster and steadily develops.

  • Taiwanese Pride

    Jet Chang has a wingspan of 6’6″ which is good if he was a PG, but he’s a undersized SG. He could be a more athletic JJ Reddick, but JJ Reddick was killing it at Duke in Division 1 so that’s just wishful thinking. Some team might gamble on him in the 2nd round or summer league invite, but I’d be shocked if he ever made it to the NBA and got anything close to what Jeremy Lin did but teams are always looking for shooters.

    These were Jet Chang’s highlight videos in BYU in the DII tournament:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_woi6G2F3Q

    but for all you who want to see the next Jeremy Lin, I’d bet my money on Chris Tang from China. He is already dominating the high school level and playing AAU ball combined with getting attention from Division I schools and is a PG.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OEitS-vJpk

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