August 14, 2006

Chen joins Yao, Wang in China squad for worlds

BEIJING (Reuters) - Teenager Chen Jianghua was named
alongside Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi in China's squad for the
world championship on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old point guard was included after impressing
in China's 119-73 defeat to the United States in Guangzhou last
week, his national team debut.

Houston Rockets all-star Yao and former NBA player Wang are
included despite both recently returning to action after injury

With only sporadic contributions from their two seven-foot
plus standouts, China have won just two of their last 12
warm-up matches.

They conclude their preparations against Australia in
Kunshan on Tuesday before tipping off their world championship
campaign against Italy in Sapporo, Japan on Saturday.

China also play the United States, Slovenia, Senegal and
Puerto Rica in Group D.


Guards - 4-Chen Jianghua (Guangdong), 5-Liu Wei (Shanghai),
6-Zhang Qingpeng (Liaoning), 9-Sun Yue (Beijing).

Small forwards - 7-Wang Shipeng (Guangdong), 8-Zhu Fangyu

Centers - 10-Zhang Songtao (Beijing), 12-Mo Ke (Bayi),
13-Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)

Power forwards - 11-Yi Jianlian (Guangdong), 14-Wang Zhizhi
(Bayi), 15-Du Feng (Guangdong)

Coach: Jonas Kazlauskas