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 Chinese Taipei Hsu Chin-tse
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.
F 3 China Duan Jiangpeng 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
G 4 China Fang Zhen 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 82 kg (181 lb)
G 7 China Zhang Xiaobo 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb)
G 5 China Tian Guisen 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
G 8 Chinese Taipei Hung Chih-shan 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in) 80 kg (176 lb)
C 9 China Yan Pengfei 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 103 kg (227 lb)
G 10 China Luo Zhi 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) 85 kg (187 lb)
F 11 China Xing Zhiqiang 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 96 kg (212 lb)
F 15 Jordan Zaid Abbaas 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
F 20 China Pan Yule 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb)
G 22 China Yang Qin 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 75 kg (165 lb)
F 23 China Yu Haoxi 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
F 24 China Liu Wei 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
C 25 China Ma Weilong 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 95 kg (209 lb)
F 33 China Zhang Xuewen 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 90 kg (198 lb)
F 35 China Ge Zhaobao 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 107 kg (236 lb)
G -- United States Dominique Jones 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 98 kg (216 lb)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: July 12, 2015


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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