China’s Teenage Seven – Footers Target NBA Heights – Reuters

200407031239351.jpg From Reuters via the New York Times (link):

If there is another Yao Ming set to emerge from China in the next few years, he was likely to have been at the Beijing Sports University gymnasium this week getting tips from coaches and players.

Among the 62 teenagers from China and other parts of Asia running drills at the Adidas superstars camp over the last four days were three who have already reached the seven-foot (2.13 meters) mark.

Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard, a not inconsiderable 6ft 11in himself, went one-on-one with some of the Chinese youngsters and was equally impressed — and not just by their height.

“I think there are a lot of talented guys here and I think there’s a couple of guys here who can make it to the NBA,” said Howard, the overall first-round pick in the 2004 NBA draft.

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