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Basketball: Another triple-double for Max

By Jeff Faraudo
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 at 9:20 am in Basketball, Pre-season.

Max Zhang assembled his second triple-double in four games today, but China still lost 91-80 in double overtime to Iran in the World University Games at Belgrade.

Zhang, Cal’s 7-foot-2 1/4 sophomore center, had 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks, playing nearly 47 minutes. China, down by as many as 19 points, rallied to force the extra periods before losing its fourth straight game in the event.

But China got another Max-imum effort from its blossoming center. Zhang leads the tournament in rebounding (16.3) and blocked shots (7.5) and is scoring 17.5 ppg.

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  • Bear IV

    Jeff- Do you know anything about the competition level at these games? Looking at Max’s numbers got me thinking that maybe he is final ready to contribute to Monty’s system. That would be great to have Max and Markhuri adding some post presence along with Kamp and Boykin, freeing up even more jumpshots for Cal’s “Big Three”.

  • concordtom

    Knowing more about Max’s stat line would be interesting. For instance, how many shots is he taking to get those points? What percentage of shots is he making? How many free throws are in there and what’s the percentage from the line.
    Anyone?

    The rebounds and blocks are not all that surprising for someone that tall – actually, looking at 16.5 and 7.5… yes, they are surprising. That’s very good! Yes, who are these other teams?

    And to Bear IV – you really envision Max being able to draw attn from the defense? Like, would opponents double team him in the post? Now THAT would be something! I was just hoping to be able to get Max to clock some minutes and fouls on the defensive end to slow the other teams down – forget about any offense.

  • Weston

    Ben Allen from St Mary’s started for the Australian team. He’s been a backup center at St Mary’s, but might be the starter next year.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    As I wrote Monday, we certainly have to take Max’s performance in Serbia with a huge grain of salt because we don’t know the level of competition. No doubt, it’s not Pac-10 caliber. Max is shooting about 42 percent from the field. I’m not ready to suggest he will be a starter anytime soon, but perhaps the confidence gained by this experience allows him to compete a little better.