http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYVO5bUF ... re=related
But Zhou Qi.
The most devoted bbll junkies around probably already know his name. He started to gain some fame around the net, at least among those outside of China, last year in february when he had some ridiculous (Rickyrubiesques) statlines in a tournament played in Turkey, including 40 pt 28 reb 15 blk in the semifinal and 30 pt 17 reb 8 blk in the final.
http://www.chinasportstoday.com/en/blog ... t_yao_ming
Some would argue that it wasn't an official tournament and th competition might not have been that good, not to mention the guy looked like a bamboo stick. Well, ok.
Later that summer took place the 2nd U16 asian tournament and China led by Zhou (or should i say Qi?) dominated effortlessly as expected and qualified for the u17 world tournament that will be held in Lithuania next july.
You can read some discussions about the tournament here.
http://forums.interbasket.net/showthrea ... 28-Vietnam
But then again the naysayers could argue that China is always expected to win there. And remember that iranian guy, Rouzbahani, also dominated one of those underwhatever asian tournaments a few years back and, where is he now?
This spring the chinese NT attended the tournament of Mannheim, arguably the most prestigious u18 tournament in the world. Despite China losing 4 out of the 6 games and having more earthly numbers (he didn't play in one of the games and remember he was 2 years younger than most of his rivals) he left everyone in attendance extremely impressed.
europeanprospects wrote:Zhou Qi looks really impressive. Great feel for the ball. Able to handle the ball. Shoot. 2m15 tall.
https://twitter.com/#!/ChristopheEPcom/ ... 2036559872
http://www.europeanprospects.com/1994-b ... -bottom-8/
Antonio Rodriguez wrote:The famous Chinese, the one everyone talked about but nobody had seen. This was his grand international showcase. At 16 years old i have never seen anyone like him. Or at 17, or at 18. Amazing, fascinating, awesome ... The player with more potential that i have ever seen in Mannheim
http://www.feb.es/NoticiaDesarrollo.asp ... icia=42000
Here you can see an extensive video of his performance there.
In a few months we all will be able to see with our own eyes if all the buzz and attention he has received was or not deserved. Will he be the next Rubio, the next Yao, the next Sabonis, the next Aleksandrov?
Only time will tell but like the old balladist wrote: "To the most beautiful moment in life. Better than the deed, better than the memory. The moment... of anticipation!"
(its really a quote from the Simpsons but it's still great xd)
Let the hype begin.