QUOTE=DarknessFalls;287447]Apparently at the World University,
15/16/8b vs Italy
12/15/10b vs Canada
Anyone know why he didn't play for at least China's "B" Team?[/QUOTE]
15/16/8b vs Italy
12/15/10b vs Canada
it's a good show for Zhang .He is just 21yo.
Bucause he play in NCAA USA last 2 years ,so not so many people konw his advancement in the 2 years .
So he jion the China university team.
But I think after the great show in the World University game,more people will konw him.
I think he after graduate from the university in usa ,he may challenge the NBA.I think weather he success or not ,he will have big chance jion the China NT at that time,if he want .
Australia - China 85:79
Australian World University Games selection posted the first win at the tournament. They narrowly defeated China today in the Qualifying Round Group M. Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) knocked down 27 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to pace the Aussies. China enjoyed a 7-point lead after ten minutes of action but could not maintain the advantage and surrendered at the end.
Australia adjusted in the second frame and trimmed the margin at 6 points into the major break. The third quarter proved decisive for the Australian selection. They locked down their defense and held the Asian team to only 13 points. It helped Australia to surge ahead 66:65 after three quarters of action. Australia kept their at bay in the final stanza en route to the initial win in Belgrade.
Ben Allen (211-C-86, college: Indiana) and Anatoly Bose (198-G/F-88) had 12 points each for the winning team. Ren JunFei (202-F-90) answered with 27 points for China. Zhang ZhaoXu (213-C-87) delivered 18 points and 22 boards in defeat.
Australia and China were well-matched on the glass with 46 rebounds apiece. The Aussies capitalized on 20 turnovers from China.
Australia: Jesse Wagstaff 27, Ben Allen 12, Anatoly Bose 12
China: Ren JunFei 27, Zhang ZhaoXu 18+22 boards
The Chinese have sent a team to the World University Games, but these games have been downgraded from what they were in the past.
In 2002 China sent its National Team, registering players like Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi at a Chinese University. In other years they have sent a team of young pros with little connection to true university studies. But this year they seem to have sent a team of true university students. Ren Junwei and Ren Junfei, twins who play on Guangdong's junior team, have played on the junior National Team. Cao Zhenhua (205-C-85) was one year the MVP of China's University league, and is a reserve on Shandong's CBA team. Yang Chao also played in the University League and now starts for Fujian. 218 cm Zhang ZhaoXu (213-C-87) plays for California in the Pac-10 in the NCAA but sat deep on the bench this year and rarely appeared in any games.
Xing Lu G 180 1986
Li Sieje G 186 1987
Li Xuesong G 190 1991
Ma Yi F 197 1988
Liu Jiawei G 193 1985
Yang Chao F 195 1986
Zhang Chunjun C 198 1987
Ren Junfei C 203 1990
Ren Junwei F 202 1990
Cao Zhenhua C 205 1985
Zhang ZhaoXu C 218 1987
Iran tame China in thriller, Iran - China 91:80 (2OT)
Zhang ZhaoXu produced 25 points and 12 boards for China...he should be starter next season in his school
"BHINEKA TUNGGAL IKA"
So Zhang ZhaoXu produced 25 points , 12 boards and 10 blocks for china.
Iran tame China in thriller - Jul 7, 2009 (by Eurobasket News)
Iran - China 91:80 (2OT)
Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) knocked down 30 points, grabbed 11 boards and made 6 steals to inspire a dramatic double-overtime victory for Iran at the World University Games today. Iran had to survive two extra periods before securing an exhausting success against China. Iran improved at 1-0 record in Group M. China fell at 0-2 at the bottom of the standings in the pool. Iran would face Australia for the top position in the group tomorrow.
Iran stunned China in the opening frame outgunning their opponents 22:6. China stopped the bleeding in the second frame as they managed to slow down Iran. A Mehran Hatami team still were able to gain a 17-point lead at halftime. But China were not about to fold that early. They changed the complexion of the encounter drastically in the second half. Zhang ZhaoXu (213-C-87) recharged the team as they began clawing their way back into the game. China trimmed the distance to 9 points at the end of the third frame. There was more to come. China completed the rescue mission late in regulation drawing things level and forcing overtime. The first extra period did not figure out the winners as the teams were knotted at 73. But Iran saved more energy for the final surge. They outscored China 18:7 in the second overtime to eke out a nail-biting win at the end. Mehrad Atashi (186-G-86) delivered 21 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Iran. Aren Davoudichegani (184-G-86) had 13 points for the winners. Zhang ZhaoXu produced 25 points and 12 boards for China. Li Xuesong banked 19 points in defeat.
Iran: Mohammad Reza Akbari 30+11 boards, Mehrad Atashi 21, Aren Davoudichegani 13
China: Zhang ZhaoXu 25+12 boards +10 blocks , Li Xuesong 19
I caught up this afternoon with assistant coach Jay John, between flights on the recruiting trail, and he confirmed that Max Zhang's performance at the World University Games has the attention of the staff.
「It was a big deal for all of us to learn that about how Max was producing,」 John said. 「If Mike (Montgomery) said it once, he said it a hundred times — you're just cheering for the kid. You just want it to work out for him. Certainly what we've seen seems to indicate this could be a big step forward.」
Zhang, the Bears' 7-foot-2 1/4 sophomore center, averaged 17.5 points and a tournament-leading 16.3 rebounds and 7.5 blocked shots through four games in Belgrade, Serbia. He had 25 points in one game, 22 rebounds in another, and has put together a pair of triple-doubles with 10 blocks in each.
Amazing numbers for a guy who averaged 1.3 points and 0.6 rebounds in scarce minutes last season.
Max's overseas outburst has prompted the same questions in the minds of the coaching staff as in everyone else who's tried to digest the performance: What is the level of competition in the event and how does Max's effort translate to what he can do for the Bears?
「Not knowing the level of the tournament, that's a lot of blocked shots and it makes me want to know was this an A level tournament or what?」 John acknowledged. 「I know when I watched Pau Gasol and Dirk Nowitzki play in those (international) competitions, aint' nobody blocking their shots.」
Regardless of that, John believes Max will gain huge benefits from this experience. First of all, he was on the floor in a significant role, which rarely was the case for the Bears.
「My first reaction is that he's playing. He's an intregal part of what's going on, because you can't get those numbers without being on the floor,」 said John, who works with Cal's big men. 「The other thing is the rebounding. Not every ball comes to you, so you've got to be alert and got to be pursuing it.」
Max certainly wasn't cheated on playing time. He averaged 38 1/2 minutes per game, acknowledging that one game went two overtimes. He shot 43.1 percent (25-for-5Cool from the field and 74.1 percent (20-for-27) from the FT line.
Mostly, John said the coaching staff is excited by the residual impact this can have on Zhang's confidence and outlook.
「This tournament, game in and game out, it appears he had to gain experience and confidence, and for him, that's vital,」 John said. 「He's now done something. In his mind, he can say, `I've done this against these people. I can do it here.』
「That's what Max didn't have. There was no reservoir of experience that he can go back to and really draw from. This couldn't work out any better. It has to be motivation, and the drive has got to kick in and accelerate.」
Man he's absolutely tearing it up at the tournament, and now that the Cal officials have seen this, they should think about giving him more of a chance. International competition is probably still too weak and not as physical, so he'll still probably be banged around and pushed out of the paint when he gets back into the states.
Watching Cal vs Iowa State right now, and Zhang looked good against future draft pick Craig Brackins. Sure he's only averaging like 4p/4r but I can see why he's starting for the 25th-ranked Cal. He moves well and knows what to do on both ends even if offensively he still has huge ways to go. Like many Chinese players he's a little too tentative but with a little more confidence can become a legit prospect.
An article from Contra Costa Times
Tonight he had a monster block on Brackins who thought he had bulldozed the skinny Zhang aside but totally miscalculated Zhang's length.http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/story/1...re-aggressive-
Cal Bears basketball team wants Max Zhang to be more aggressive
By Jeff Faraudo Oakland Tribune , Contra Costa Times
Max Zhang won't be wearing boxing gloves tonight when he takes the court against Iowa State. But the Cal basketball coaching staff wants him to carry a pugilist's mentality onto the floor.
Zhang, the Bears' sophomore center from China, has been working out with conditioning coach Mike Blasquez, using boxing drills to try to bring out his inner Tyson.
"I can only imagine what it's like being 7-foot-3 and dealing with all the issues that go with that and the expectations," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said. "His culture probably, his personality has affected some things. He's just a very, very nice kid."
The Bears (4-3) don't want to change that except when he steps on the court.
Zhang, who started the past two games while Markhuri Sanders-Frison recovered from the flu, knows he needs to be more aggressive and believes the boxing drills are helping.
After lacing up the gloves, he hits the heavy bag and takes turns exchanging blows with Blasquez.
"Before that, I think I thought I was ready. Before I'd step on the court, I'd talk to myself," he said, explaining how he'd try to mentally prepare himself to play. "But actually doing those boxing workouts really helps me focus and brings (out) my aggressiveness. I'm probably not going to be very good (at it), but I like boxing."
When he's on the floor for tonight's Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series game against the Cyclones (6-2), Zhang will face one of the nation's better big men. Craig Brackins, a 6-10 junior forward, averages 16.6 points and 7.8 rebounds, a year after scoring 20.2 points per game and toying with entry into the NBA draft.
The assignment may be a welcome relief for Zhang after Wednesday's game at New Mexico, where he struggled a bit against a quicker, smaller frontcourt. Four days earlier, he had something of a breakout game with career-high numbers of seven points and five rebounds, along with two blocked shots, in a win over Princeton.
"Max is a big confidence guy," Montgomery said. "He plays better when he's feeling good about himself. He just doesn't have a lot of confidence in himself."
That may be because Zhang has played far less competitive basketball than most of his American counterparts. He's added 35 pounds since arriving at Berkeley in the fall of 2007 but remains a work in progress, especially as an offensive player.
"I can't really tell the difference between today and a couple weeks ago," said Zhang, when asked to gauge his progress. "Sometimes I have a hard time seeing the big picture and I do feel bad about myself that I'm not getting better that quickly."
"He has improved a lot," senior point guard Jerome Randle said. "The more he's out there playing on the floor, the better off he'll be."
How quickly Zhang improves isn't solely up to him. Montgomery said he's had to convince his players not to throw a bounce pass to such a tall teammate, and acknowledged that Zhang is not effective in all situations.
"His length definitely causes people some problems. We're trying to get Max to play above the competition, rather than force contact," Montgomery said. "Just jump above and shoot it. They're not going to block his shot."
Last edited by sinobball; 12-06-2009 at 04:14 AM.
aim low, score high
Zhang has some of the best eyebrows you'll ever see on a professional basketball player. They're magnetic, like two rugs stapled to his face. It's a beautiful thing.