COLLEGE: NO COLLEGE: PLAYING IN CHINA
WEIGHT: 210 POUNDS
AGE: 20 YEARS OLD
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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