9 - Zhou Qi


  • Birthday: 1/16/96
  • NBA Position: Center
  • Class: International
  • Ht: 7-2
  • Wt: 210
  • Team: Xinjiang
  • Hometown: Henan, China
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NBA Comparison: JB Carroll/Loren Woods

Strengths: Center prospect with very good length and mobility ... Has great feel for the game ... Very smart and shows good decision making ... Good ball handler for his size and position ... Can take it up the court if guards aren't in position for outlet, will even take it coast to coast ... Great touch around the rim and even extends his range out to the 3-point line with great shooting mechanics ... Should be able to develop NBA 3-Point range with time ... Runs the floor like a deer with long easy strides ... Has great offensive skills fundamentally ... Off ball movement is very good, and has a feel for finding open gaps and passing lanes ... Has huge hands and long wingspan that allow him to make difficult catches ... Above average passer for his position ... Not as soft as his thin frame would suggest ... Covers a lot of ground defensively for deflections and blocks ... The best rim protector to ever come out of China with a combination of great timing and incredible length and mobility ... Is a two way player who has the skill-set and talent to contribute on both ends ... Very coachable and looks to get better ... Possesses a high ceiling ...

Weaknesses: Mental toughness has been a question mark ... Doesn't show any emotion, always has the same facial expression ... Doesn't have a killer insitnct or attitude ... Lacks muscle and weight for his position ... Defensively has had problems guarding the opposition's import player ... Defensive rebounding needs to improve, is often seen not boxing out or not moving to optimal rebounding position ... Does not have a high motor ... Not vocal enough, rarely seen directing the defense ... At times too passive in the CBA not looking to attack, although he was much more aggressive in youth tournaments ... Slow release and gets no lift on his shot ... Compared to NBA standards is not considered an explosive athlete ... Has not been able to show the dominance in the CBA that Yao Ming and Yi JianLian showed before they went to the NBA ... His listed age is a question mark ...

Notes: Was measured officially at the 2014 Nike All-Asia Camp at 7'1 (2.17 m) with a 7'6 (2.28 m) wingspan and standing reach of 9'2 (2.80 m), unfortunately did not fully attend and only did individual workouts in a back gym ... Reports are that he signed a 3 + 2 year option deal with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers this off-season ... Is in the process of signing a long term deal with NIKE and should participate in the coming NIKE Summit which will really test him against international competition ... Is already a core piece of the Chinese National Team ...

2014-15 CBA Season Averages:

31 Games
29.1 Minutes
14.1 Points
7.0 Rebounds
0.7 Assists
0.8 Steals
3.3 Blocks
1.3 Turnovers

Lukas Peng 2/12/15

Strengths: Has quickly become the next great hope of Chinese basketball ... Very quick for a big man ... A legitimate offensive threat. does decent job in both man-to-man post defense and help defense ... Handles and passes the ball well ... Displays a soft touch, has shooting range out to the FIBA three-point line ... Runs the floor well ... Excellent fundamentals ... Displays some guards skills, his dribbling and penetrating is way better than most big men ... His defense from the weak-side is also much better than most Chinese big men which is why his timing is so good and why he has great shot blocking stats ... His listed age is assumed to be true: 1996 and not changed. But there are sure to be doubts about that ...

His athleticism isn't considered to be among the top prospects but his skill level and feel for the game are very good ... Needs to improve reflexes, not an explosive leaper at this point, not aggressive enough in post offense ... Needs improvement in defense rebound positioning ... Has already started to build muscles, but still needs to put on muscle, but not too much right away ... Needs to improve man-to-man defense and strengthen his footwork and finishing ability and prevent injury ... Still needs experience as his amount of games played is very low ...

Notes: Name is pronounced: "Joe Chee" ... Has become an overnight sensation in China after scoring 41 pts, 28 rebs,15 blks in an U-16 tourney in early February (2011) against Germany, had 26 pts against Bulgaria, 28 pts in a close game against France and 30 pts 17r 8b against Turkey in the finals, helping China win gold and earning MVP of the event ... Zhou Qi began his basketball career playing with the Liaoning Youth Team in the 2005, at that time he was only 5'6" (172cm). In 2009 his height has reached 6'9" (205cm). Zhou is 7'1" (215cm) now, and is expected to grow into 7'2" (217-218cm)。He's signed to a contract through 2013 so going to an American top NCAA schools could be an option, however his coach has stated he feels it is a better option for him to stay and develop in China ...

*He is signed to play with Liaoning Sports Bureau until 2013. Right now he is training and playing for Liaoning Youth (Basketball) Team. After 2013, the Chinese pro teams will compete to get him ...

*Dwight Howard is his favorite NBA player.

*His coach compares him to Wang Zhizhi (first Chinese center drafted - by the Mavs)

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