Zhou Qi, born in Xinxiang, Henan Province on January 16, 1996, is a Chinese professional basketball player. He plays as a center and plays for the CBA Xinjiang elite basketball team.
In 2008, he entered the third team of Liaoning; in 2009, he came to prominence in Liaoning men's group B match and was recommended to the national youth team; on February 13, 2011, he participated in the U16 International Men's basketball invitational tournament of Turkey on behalf of the national team, and China won the Championship; in June 2012, he participated in the second world U17 youth basketball championship on behalf of China; on July 7, 2013, he participated in the U19 World Youth Basketball Championship on behalf of China In May, he was selected into the national team; in August, he played with the U18 national youth team in the U18 Asian Youth Championship; on September 20, he played with the national team in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, wearing No. 7 Jersey. On September 23, 2015, he went to the Asian men's basketball championship with the team and won the championship, winning the tickets for the Rio Olympic Games. On September 1, 2018, the red team of Chinese men's basketball team won the championship in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.
On April 7, 2017, Zhou Qi transferred to Xinjiang team for the CBA League. On June 24, 2016, he was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round. On April 7, 2017, he helped Xinjiang team beat Guangdong team 4-0 in total score, won the CBA League Championship in 2016-17 season, and won the CBA defensive player of the year. On July 8, Zhou Qi signed a contract with the Houston Rockets, becoming the second Chinese player to play for the Houston team after Yao Ming. On December 18, 2018, Zhou Qi was cut by the Rockets. On August 14, 2019, Zhou Qi returned to the Xinjiang team.
In the 2019-20 season, Zhou Qi became the best defensive player of CBA and was selected as the best second team.
Zhou Qi was born in Xinxiang, Henan Province on January 16, 1996. Her father was 1.96 meters tall and her mother was 1.82 meters tall. When she was young, both of them were basketball players.
In 2002, Zhou Qi, 6 and a half years old, began formal basketball training. At the age of 9, he entered Fuxin basketball school in Liaoning Province and began to participate in a series of formal competitions.
In 2009, in the men's group B competition of Liaoning Province, Zhou Qi stood out from the top basketball players of 12 teams and began to receive attention.
On January 2, 2014, Zhou Qi officially signed a contract with Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tiger club. In the 2014-15 season, Zhou Qi wore the uniform of Xinjiang men's basketball team for the CBA League.
On November 2, 2014, in Xinjiang's 109-101 victory over Sichuan Jinqiang blue whale club, Zhou Qi played 32 minutes on behalf of Xinjiang team, scoring 9 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks, completing the CBA career debut. On November 5, in the 121:116 match of Chongqing Aolong basketball club of Xinjiang team, Zhou Qi played for Xinjiang team for 33 minutes, scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks, setting a new record of individual CBA career single game scoring, rebounding and blocking. On November 23, in the 118-101 victory over Guangdong Hongyuan South China tiger club by Xinjiang team, Zhou Qi played for Xinjiang team in 28 minutes, scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks, setting a new record in his CBA career. On December 14, in the match between Xinjiang team and dragon lion basketball club, Zhou Qi played 34 minutes on behalf of Xinjiang team, scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 8 blocks, setting a new record in his CBA career.
On January 13, 2015, China Basketball Association announced the complete list of All-Star North-South Division competition, and Zhou Qi was selected as the substitute of North Division. Zhou Qi missed the all star game because of an ankle injury.
In the 2014-15 season, Zhou Qi made 31 appearances on behalf of Xinjiang team, averaging 28.7 minutes, scoring 14.1 points, 7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks.
On November 29, 2015, in the 103-83 victory over Shandong high speed basketball club by Xinjiang team, Zhou Qi played 41 minutes on behalf of Xinjiang team, scoring 23 points and 18 rebounds, setting a new high in individual CBA career. On December 9, in Xinjiang's 128-118 victory over Sichuan Jinqiang blue whale club, Zhou Qi played for Xinjiang in 42 minutes, scoring 29 points and 6 rebounds, setting a new record in a single game of his CBA career.
On January 16, 2016, the 2016 CBA all-star list has been confirmed, and Zhou Qi, who was selected as the starting player in the North District, was not in the All-Star game due to injury.
In 2015-16 season, Zhou Qi played 42 times on behalf of Xinjiang team, averaging 33.8 minutes, scoring 15.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.2 blocks.
On November 4, 2016, in the 118-113 victory over Zhejiang Guangxia Lion Club by Xinjiang team, Zhou Qi played for Xinjiang team in 37 minutes, scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 blocks, setting a new record of individual CBA career single game steals. On November 25, in Xinjiang's 139-117 victory over Jilin Northeast Tiger club, Zhou Qi played 28 minutes on behalf of Xinjiang team, scoring 29 points and 7 rebounds, equating his personal CBA career single game scoring record.
On February 28, 2017, the CBA announced the MVP candidate for the CBA regular season, and Zhou Qi was selected as the domestic player candidate. On April 7, in the fourth game of the 2016-2017 CBA League finals, Zhou Qi scored 18 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Xinjiang team defeat Guangdong team 117-109, thus helping the Xinjiang team become the CBA League Championship for the first time with a score of 4-0.
In the 2016-17 season, Zhou Qi made 44 appearances on behalf of Xinjiang team, averaging 32 minutes, with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1 steals and 2.3 blocks.
On August 14, 2019, Zhou Qi released a video to announce his return to Xinjiang team.
In the 2019-20 season, Zhou Qi made 41 appearances on behalf of Xinjiang team, averaging 33.6 minutes, scoring 22.2 points, 13.3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.3 blocks, becoming the best defensive player of CBA and selected into the best second team.
On February 26, 2021, Zhou Qi was selected into the starting lineup of the North Star team of the 2021 CBA all star game.
On April 15, 2016, Zhou Qi officially announced to participate in the 2016 NBA draft Conference; on June 24, Zhou Qi was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round 43.
On July 8, 2017, Zhou Qi signed a four-year $5.57 million contract with the Rockets, with an initial annual salary of about $810000. At the same time, Zhou Qi has become the second Chinese player to play for the Houston team after Yao Ming.
On October 22, 2017, in the Rockets 107-91 victory over Dallas Mavericks, Zhou Qi came off the bench for 7 minutes, got 3 rebounds and 1 cap, and completed his NBA career debut. On November 2, in the Rockets' 119-97 victory over the New York Knicks, Zhou Qi came on the bench for four minutes and scored three points, completing his first score in the NBA. On November 6, Zhou Qi scored four points and one board in five minutes and dunked for the first time in his NBA career. On November 23, in the Rockets' 125-95 victory over Denver Nuggets, Zhou Qi played for the Rockets for 12 minutes, scoring 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 steals and 1 blocks, setting a new record in his NBA career.
In the 2017-18 season, Zhou Qi made 18 appearances on behalf of the Rockets, averaging 6.9 minutes, with 1.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks.
On December 18, 2018, the Houston Rockets officially announced that the team officially dismissed Zhou Qi, whose remaining two-year contract (2019-2021 season) is not guaranteed.
In the 2018-19 season, Zhou Qi played one game on behalf of the Rockets, played one minute and scored two points.
National team career
National youth team period
On October 18, 2011, Zhou Qi played with the Chinese national youth team in the second U16 Asian Youth Championship held in Vietnam. In the final, Zhou Qi scored 43 points, 19 rebounds, 12 blocks and 3 assists, helping the Chinese national youth team win the Asian Youth Championship with a 92-52 victory over the Korean National youth team.
In 2012, Zhou Qi went to the second world U17 youth basketball championship with the Chinese national youth team. Zhou Qi played eight times on behalf of the Chinese U17 men's basketball team, averaging 29.8 minutes. He got 14 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 4 blocks, and finally helped the team to win and lose the seventh place in the game.
In 2013, Zhou Qi was selected as the U19 national youth team and went to the U19 World Youth Championship with the Chinese national youth team in July. Zhou Qi played seven times on behalf of the Chinese U19 national youth team, averaging 26 minutes per game, scoring 11.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 5.4 blocks, helping the Chinese team to get the seventh place in the competition. Zhou Qi ranked first in the blocking list with an average of 5.4 blocks per game Qi represented Liaoning in the men's basketball finals of the 12th National Games. Zhou Qi scored 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 points
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