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Phoenix sign Zhou Qi as Chinese big men hit the NBL

“Earlier this week Chinese national team member Chuanxing Liu signed with the Brisbane Bullets and Zhou’s signing [with the Phoenix] reaffirms the NBL as a prime destination for Chinese players looking to make the next step in their career,” Loeliger explained.

During the 2019/20 Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) season, Zhou averaged an eye-catching 20.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game.

Phoenix CEO and former NBL star Tommy Greer raved about Zhou’s ability.

“At 7-foot-1, Zhou’s skill set is something we haven’t had before, [and] we think he can help us cement our position at the top of the NBL this year,” he said.

“His dream is to get back to the NBA and we’ll do everything we can to help him achieve that. With our starting point guard from last year Keifer Sykes starting training camp with the Indiana Pacers this week, we’ve shown as a club we can make that happen.”

Zhou won a FIBA Asia Cup title in 2015, the CBA championship in 2017, and a gold medal for China in the 2018 Asian Games.

Chaudhari heads the Phoenix ownership group, which includes NBA superstar John Wall, Australian Boomer Dante Exum, and former NBA stars Zach Randolph, Josh Childress, and Al Harrington.

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