Max Zhang Playing Strong at World University Games
July 7, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia - Center Max Zhang, who will be a sophomore for the Golden Bears this coming season, has represented his native China well at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. A native of Yantai, he has led China in rebounding in every contest and is averaging 17.5 ppg and 16.2 rpg through the first four games of the tournament.
Zhang has posted a pair of triple doubles, including a 25-point, 12-rebound, 10-block performance vs. Iran Tuesday. In Monday's action against Australia, Zhang grabbed a tournament-high 22 rebounds to go with his 18 points.
In addition, Zhang had 15 points, 16 boards and eight blocks in China's opener vs. Italy and 12 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks vs. Canada. Despite his efforts, China is 0-4 in the Games.
So far, the 7-3 Zhang leads all players in the tournament with his 16.2 rpg and 6.7 bpg.
As a redshirt-freshman for the Bears in 2008-09, Zhang saw action in 15 games, averaging 1.3 ppg and 0.6 rpg. He was second on the team with 13 blocks.
For more information on Zhang's performances at the World University Games, click here. Zhang is listed with his given first game, Zhaoxu.