Isaac Lange is the youngest of four children to Deborah Lange, a former women's basketball star at the University of Oregon.
Similar to most of his family, Lange developed his love for the game at a young age.
“It was more like an accident type of thing, cause they weren’t expecting anything of it. And then my first game I scored 53 points, so it kind of just grew from there. Found out I was just pretty good at it and went from there,” said Lange.
And similar to most people who share the passion for basketball, it's more than just a game for this family.
Lange said, “It’s love honestly. Again, I’ve been doing it for as many years as I can think of, so it’s just been on from there and I just keep growing the love for it more and more.”
However, the senior isn't only known in the gym for his play on the hardwood, but also for his signature long curly hair. He says he hasn't had a full on haircut, but gets it trimmed periodically to make sure it stays healthy.
“As I was younger, I would always get anxious if people like touched my hair or what not. Never wanted it cut or anything, so I kind of just kept it and grew it out," Lange said. "Ended up cutting it, didn’t like it, so I grew it back out and it’s been here every since.”
About nine months ago, Lange helped lead the Thurston to their first state basketball championship.
He said, “It means everything. I believe that we are the best team to come from Thurston. A lot of people would say otherwise but, not in my opinion.”
In the closing seconds of the Colts' 54-36 win over Wilsonville in that state title win, Lange was seen overcome with emotion and the realization of a childhood dream achieved.
“From the start of my third grade I went from that game I told my parents that day that I wanted to win a state championship when I get to high school," he said. "So basically in that moment I was just overwhelmed at the fact that I finally did it and I accomplished my goal. And I know that anything is possible.”
Lange has been in contact with numerous colleges from different divisons, but says he really hopes to earn a scholarship from his mother's alma mater.
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