The tallest player in school history and a big crowd favorite, Zhang signed with the Bears in late August 2007 ... redshirted during his initial year on campus ... began playing basketball at age 15 ... still developing physically, he is a skilled athlete with the ability to alter games with his shot-blocking skills ... played for China in the World University Games in the summer of 2009 and recorded outstanding numbers in six games played that included - two triple-doubles, led all tournament players with a 17.3 rpg and 5.6 bpg, seventh in scoring at 18.0 ppg including a 25-point outing and a 21-point performance, recorded 22 rebounds in two contests and averaged 34 minutes played per game.
As a Sophomore (2009-10): Saw an increased role early in the season when the team depth was short due to injuries and illnesses ... his 37 blocks lead the squad and rank tied for eighth on Cal's season list ... scored his career high of 13 points vs. Stanford, and also recorded a career-high six rebounds against Syracuse ... earned his first career start against Princeton and started five games ... swatted away three shots against Arizona, Pacific, Stanford and Utah Valley ... in just five minutes of work at Oregon, came off the bench to provide eight points (4-for-5 from the free throw line), a rebound and a block ... missed the last three games of the regular season with a collapsed lung suffered in practice ... returned vs. Oregon in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals and had three points and three blocks in 12 minutes.
As a Freshman (2008-09): Participated in 15 games for the Bears ... his 13 blocks was second on the squad ... in his first collegiate contest in the season opener vs. Pacific, scored a season-best five points and grabbed a season-high three rebounds ... swatted away three shots in the second half vs. North Carolina A&T and three more in the first half at UNLV ... also had a steal against the Rebels ... averaged 1.3 ppg and 0.6 rpg.
High School: Zhang was selected to China's high school all-star team after averaging 23.5 ppg, 13 rpg and 6 bpg in the CIAA Chinese League ... played in both Nike and adidas camps in China ... one of seven players chosen out of the adidas camp to travel to a camp in the United States, making his first visit to the country with a trip to Atlanta in the summer of 2005 ... graduated from high school in 2006 and returned to the U.S. in 2006 to study at the American English Academy in Monterey Park, Calif. ... played for the California Supreme AAU team, ranking third in both rebounds (43) and blocks (10) at the Cactus Classic in May 2007 ... also played briefly with the LA Impact AAU team in the summer of '07.
Personal: Zhaoxu Zhang ... born Nov. 18, 1987, in Yantai City, China ... parents are Yanrong Zhang and Lixin Gong ... name is pronounced JOW-shoo JHANG ... lists playing for the Chinese National team as a career goal ... the only other seven-footers to suit up for Cal are 7-0 Jordan Wilkes (2005-09), 7-0 John Wardell (1965-66) and 7-0 Francisco Elson (1998-99) ... intended interdisciplinary studies major.