NBA Draft: Chinese giant Zhou Qi to join NBA

NBA Draft: Chinese giant Zhou Qi to join NBA

China has another big man for the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft, one with a huge wingspan, intimidating shot-blocking ability, superb ball-handling and a soft shooting touch. His name is Zhou Qi, the newest giant on the NBA draft.

The Chinese basketball giant Zhou Qi will join the 2016 NBA draft, following the heel of NBA legend Yao Ming as NBA’s top name from China, Yahoo Sports reported. Towering over 2.18 meters ( which about 7 feet and 2 inches) tall and weighing 218 pounds, Zhou has played two season for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), leading the Chinese league in blocks.

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Zhou is currently projected to be in the first round of the 2016 NBA draft. The 20-year-old Zhou first gained international attention during the 2011 FIBA U-16 World Championship in Turkey, where Zhou recorded an unprecedented triple-double of 41 points, 28 rebounds and 15 block shots. Zhou also participated with the Chinese national team in the 2012 Albert Schweitzer Tournament, where he averaged 16.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.2 block shots per game.

Dubbed as “the big devil king” by the Chinese, Zhou has already filed his paperwork to enter the NBA draft this coming June 23 at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York. Zhou led the Xinjiang Flying Tigers back to the CBA Playoffs, putting up 15.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. Zhou has also made an impressive performance at the recent 2015 FIBA Asia Championship where he averaged 9.9 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.

It no longer come as surprise to everyone that Zhou has been compared to other Chinese big men who have made it in the NBA like the legendary Houston Rockets center Yao Ming. Unlike Yao Ming, Zhou hasn’t been a dominant force in the Chinese basketball league and that he still hasn’t reached the level where he can carry his team throughout an entire game.

Despite of his enormous size (7 feet and 2 inches tall) terrible wingspan (7 feet and 6 inches), Zhou is surprisingly lithe and agile, and capable of running games in transition and even finding open shots where he could get a quick buckets.

Zhou made his biggest game with the Chinese national team during the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, China, where he led his team in a close 76-73 victory over rival South Korea.

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