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Report: Some NBA scouts believe Zhou Qi is older than listed age of 20

2014 Sino-Australia Challenge - Australia v China

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29: Lucas Walker of Australia drives to the basket against against Qi Zhou of China during the 2014 Sino-Australia Challenge match between Australia and China at Challenge Stadium on May 29, 2014 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

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I like Zhou Qi.

I also thought he was 20.

Chad Ford of ESPN:

Zhou has been evaluated as a 20-year-playing against older competition, and if that’s not the case, that significantly changes perception. The older Zhou is, the less forgivable his deficiencies become and the lower his ceiling drops.

He’s far from a finished product. Though the 7-foot-2 center impressively blocks shots, he needs to get much stronger. It’s easier to project a 20-year-old adding strength than a 23-year-old. Even if he successfully acclimates to the NBA, a 23-year-old Zhou would also have fewer prime years ahead of him before his athleticism declines.

It’s possible this just a smokescreen leaked by teams that wants Zhou to drop. Is there evidence of age tampering, or just the vague idea that he’s foreign and records aren’t kept as strictly in China? Even a little doubt could cause a team to pass on Zhou if it’s considering another prospect.