UF Women’s Basketball: Gators Add Miami Transfer Yasmeen Chang

Guard Yasmeen Chang joins the Gators after playing one season with the Miami Hurricanes.
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Women’s basketball welcomes talented guard to Gainesville.

The University of Florida women’s basketball team has announced the addition of Yasmeen Chang to the program, head coach Cam Newbauer announced Tuesday afternoon.

Chang, a 5-foot-9 combo guard, spent her first season of eligibility at the University of Miami. Under NCAA transfer rules, Chang will sit out the 2020-21 season and have three years of eligibility to compete with the Gators.

Newbauer on Chang
“We are excited for Yasmeen and her family to join Gator Nation! Yas’s athleticism and skill set, coupled with her drive and determination, are a great addition to our program. Her character and work ethic will have a positive impact on and off the court from day one.”

Chang, who hails from Naples, Fla., was one of the Sunshine State’s highest-rated players in the class of 2019 and was ranked the No. 21 overall player in the nation by ASGR Basketball.

The two-time Naples Daily News Player of the Year starred at Gulf Coast High School, where she averaged 17.5 points per game as a senior. In her final year with the Sharks, Chang helped guide her squad to a 19-5 record and a regional quarterfinals appearance at the FHSAA 8A State Championship.

Chang exploded onto the prep scene with a 27.3 points per game average, to lead all area players, as a freshman.

In her lone season with the Hurricanes, Chang saw time in 18 games and averaged 7.1 minutes per contest. Competing for playing time in a veteran-laden backcourt, Chang scored a season-high seven points on three occasions including her seven points in 14 minutes of action vs. nationally-ranked Louisville.

Chang brings quickness and athleticism to the perimeter and is known to have a strong mid-range game.

Chang, who goes by “Yas”, becomes the second Miami Hurricane to transfer to Florida in Coach Newbauer’s tenure, joining forward Zada Williams, who starred at UF from 2018-20. 

Joining newcomers Brynn Farrell, Jordyn Merritt, Floor Toonders, and North Carolina transfer Emily Sullivan, Chang’s addition marks another exciting player committing to the Gator program.

The Gators return seven players from last season’s team, including four starters.

Chang on her Commitment
“I’m super excited for this opportunity, I’m really ecstatic. I was familiar with the program and knew what being at Florida had to offer, dating back to when I was in high school. It was during this time when I really got to know the coaches and develop a relationship. When Florida reached out to me, I just thought that this was the perfect opportunity.”