Shanxi Zhongyu

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Shanxi Zhongyu
Shanxi team logo.png
Founded 2004
League CBA 2004-present
IBL 2008-present
Team history Henan Dragons
Shanxi Yujun
Shanxi Zhongyu
Based in Taiyuan, Shanxi, China
Arena Riverside Sports Arena, 5,331 capacity
Colors red, orange, yellow, white
Head coach Spain Chus Mateo
Championships 0
Division titles 0

The Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons (山西中宇猛龙) are a professional basketball team in the North Division of the Chinese Basketball Association, based in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China.


Originally known as the Henan Renhe Dragons (河南仁和) due to corporate sponsorship from Henan Renhe Group (河南仁和集团), they renamed as a result of an agreement signed with Henan Jiyuan Iron & Steel Group Co., Ltd. (河南济源钢铁集团) in early November before the regular season began (jigang is an abbreviation of jiyuan gangtie, or Jiyuan Iron & Steel).[1] In conjunction with this, they moved from their original home city of Zhengzhou to Jiyuan in the middle of their first season.[2] From 2004-2006 they were known as the Henan Jigang Dragons (河南济钢猛龙) or Henan Dragons or Henan Jigang, based in Luoyang and Jiyuan, Henan.

In the 2004 - 2005 season, the Henan Dragons finished in seventh and last place in the North Division, out of the playoffs. In 2005–2006 they suffered exactly the same fate.

For the CBA 2006-07 season, the team was moved to Taiyuan, and is now known as Shanxi Zhongyu. The team has fared little better since moving to Shanxi.

In January 2010, the Shanxi Zhongyu signed former NBA player Stephon Marbury.[3]

In August 2011, the Shanxi Zhongyu played an exhibition game against the Georgetown University Hoyas during the Hoyas' two week trip to China. The Shanxi Zhongyu were defeated 98-81.

Playing in the IBL[edit]

The team participated in the 2008 season of the International Basketball League. The IBL is a spring/summer league based in Portland, Oregon. They were housed at the United States Basketball Academy.


Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Shanxi Zhongyu roster roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt.
C 0 United States Daniel Orton 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 7002125000000000000125 kg (276 lb)
F 3 China Duan Jiangpeng 70001970000000000001.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 700180000000000000080 kg (176 lb)
G 4 China Fang Zhen 70001950000000000001.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 700182000000000000082 kg (181 lb)
G 7 China Zhang Xiaobo 70001880000000000001.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 700186000000000000086 kg (190 lb)
G 5 China Tian Guisen 70001910000000000001.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 700180000000000000080 kg (176 lb)
G 8 Chinese Taipei Hung ChihShan 70001760000000000001.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 700180000000000000080 kg (176 lb)
C 9 China Yan Pengfei 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 7002103000000000000103 kg (227 lb)
G 10 China Luo Zhi 70001900000000000001.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 700185000000000000085 kg (187 lb)
F 11 China Xing Zhiqiang 70002029999999999992.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 700196000000000000096 kg (212 lb)
G 13 United States Von Wafer 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb)
F 15 Jordan Zaid Abbaas 70002029999999999992.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb)
F 20 China Pan Yule 70002020000000000002.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 7002100000000000000100 kg (220 lb)
G 22 China Yang Qin 70001950000000000001.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 700175000000000000075 kg (165 lb)
F 23 China Yu Haoxi 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb)
F 24 China Liu Wei 70001940000000000001.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb)
C 25 China Ma Weilong 70002100000000000002.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 700195000000000000095 kg (209 lb)
F 33 China Zhang Xuewen 70002009999999999992.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 700190000000000000090 kg (198 lb)
F 35 China Ge Zhaobao 70002100000000000002.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 7002107000000000000107 kg (236 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: November 2, 2014


The team and their former coach Bob Weiss are subject of the book Brave Dragons, A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach and Two Cultures Clashing which is about the experience of Weiss while he was coaching the team in the 2008/2009 season.


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