Fanbo Zeng announced Wednesday of his intentions to signal with the NBA’s G League Ignite program with plans to place his title in for the 2022 NBA draft. Earlier than selecting to signal with the G League program, he bypassed faculty presents from Florida, Florida State and Virginia Tech to decide to Gonzaga. He determined to show down the Zags provide to comply with the trail of latest lottery draft picks Jonathan Kuminga (Golden State Warriors) and Jalen Inexperienced (Houston Rockets).
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Zeng is believed to be one of many prime prospects to return out of China. Throughout his sophomore 12 months, he averaged 15.5 factors, 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and a couple of.1 assists per sport at Windermere Prep highschool in 2019-20, garnering consideration as a possible five-star recruit. He returned to China originally of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fanbo shined the sunshine on his potential plans via ESPN.
“That is one of the best and quickest method to turn out to be a professional, and in addition get higher each day,” Zeng informed ESPN. “This was one of the best resolution I may make whereas I used to be in China. I’m not saying the NCAA isn’t good — simply that the G League is one of the best ways for me.”
Previously 15 years, solely two Chinese language gamers have been drafted into the NBA. Since 2018, there have been no Chinese language gamers within the NBA since Zhou Qi performed with the Houston Rockets. League officers informed ESPN that “rising the visibility of the NBA in China is a significant precedence shifting ahead.”
The G League Ignite are coached Jason Hart, co-founder of the Black Coaches Association.