2016 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS

2016 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS (ZHOU QI) Tuesday, April 19, 2016

2016 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS

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ZHOU QI

COLLEGE: NO COLLEGE: PLAYING IN CHINA

HEIGHT: 7’2″

WEIGHT: 210 POUNDS

AGE: 20 YEARS OLD

POSITION: CENTER

CLASS: NO CLASS: CURRENTLY PLAYING IN CHINA FOR (Xinjiang Guanghui)

2015-2016 STATISTICS: 15.8PTS, 9.7REB, 3.1BLK

PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: EARLY TO MIDDLE OF SECOND ROUND

NBA DRAFT COMPARISON:  YI JIANLIAN/FORMER 6TH OVERALL PICK OF THE BUCKS

PLAYER SUMMARY: Zhou Qi is a very intriguing player who is currently playing in China and playing very well. It is hard to gauge the competition when watching him on film and I’m sure that will be brought into consideration for NBA general managers and organizations in the next 2 months.

Qi is a legitimate 7’2″, which alone should get him drafted. He sports surprisingly good mobility for his size. The center shows a very nice touch around the rim and has a very nice shooting stroke for a player his size. His shooting stroke really impressed us when watching his game film. Qi runs the floor very well and is a much better athlete than he looks.

The 20-year old has a gigantic wing-span, which makes him feel and look even taller than he already is. This wing-span along with his height makes him a dominating force playing in the current Chinese league that he is in at this time. The center is an excellent shot-blocker and rebounder. Despite the question of competition, which is hard to gauge, the ability to rebound and shot-block are 2 skills that usually translate to the NBA level.

Currently weighing only 210 pounds, it is necessary that he put on weight in order to compete at the NBA level. He is very frail and we have concerns about his body holding up at the next level. Getting into a structured NBA weight-room training program will be very important for him. If he doesn’t add weight and strength he will struggle at the NBA level. If he can add weight and strength, the potential is there for Qi to be a productive NBA player in time.

Zhou Qi was a very pleasant surprise when watching him on film. He showed skills that can translate to the NBA level. There have been reports that he signed a 3-year deal with his current Chinese team, the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. This normally means that whichever NBA team that drafts him would have to buy him out of that current deal or draft him and stash him, which means let him keep playing in China while holding his rights.

We believe his future NBA team should keep him in China and let him keep developing instead of sitting on an NBA bench. If this situation happens look for Zhou Qi to come to the NBA in a few years with the chance to be a rotation player for an NBA team.

BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF ZHOU QI

 

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2 thoughts on “2016 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS (ZHOU QI) Tuesday, April 19, 2016”

  1. Richard Chen says:

    Well, if you believe he should get drafted based just on length, AND he’s shown a lot more than that, then it’s hard to see why he’d go in the middle of the second round wouldn’t it.

    I’m not sure the rebounding will translate well on the defensive end given that no one really bother to box out hard in China and it’s unlikely he’ll be boxing out any bigs effectively for awhile, but the length should mean he can at least grab a lot of offensive rebound / loose rebounds in general.

    And yes the blocking is pretty special, especially in terms of how he can get out on shooters and stay down against fakes. that part will almost definitely translate.

    He’s a pretty unique player. how he works out depends on how teams use and develop him IMHO, teams that judge try to force a round peg into square holes asking him to be a traditional C will probably end very badly. but if they can scheme him in a way to minimize his weight weakness it could be really special.

    1. Hello,
      You really seem to know basketball, which is great. In regards to Qi, it was very hard to evaluate him based on the limited game tape. While I don’t believe he is ready for the NBA right now, in 2-3 years he can become a nice player in the league. Your comment was one of the better ones that I have received. Please comment on anything regarding basketball anytime you want. You made great points.
      -Rob

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