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Sichuan boosts WCBA title chances with Han, Wu signing


BEIJING, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) — Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA) side Sichuan finished its latest blockbuster signing of China’s national players Han Xu and Wu Di on Monday in contention for the new season championship.

Exactly one week ago, Sichuan announced the arrival of Chinese internationals Li Meng and Sun Mengran.

“After conducting friendly consultation and communication, national players Han Xu and Wu Di have joined Sichuan,” read a statement from the Sichuan club.

Han averaged 14.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 blocks at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship and was named in the All-Tournament Team. She also led China to the U18 Women’s Asian Championship title in the same year.

Han began to represent the Chinese senior team in 2018, winning the Asian Games gold medal with an average of 14.5 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3 blocks in seven appearances, before participating in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in October.

Han registered an average of 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in helping China reach the Olympic quarterfinals in Tokyo.

Han was named in the starting line-up of the All-Star Game in her WCBA rookie season in 2018. The New York Liberty selected her with the 14th pick overall in the WNBA draft 2019.

Finishing the 2020-21 season of the WCBA with 21.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per contest, Han became the leading scorer and blocker of the season. The 21-year-old center averaged 16.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 74 WCBA matches.

Han averaged 18 points, 7.8 boards and 2.7 blocks in helping Shandong win the women’s U18 basketball title at the Chinese National Games in 2017. She recorded 34 points, 13 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 5 blocks on average and helped Xinjiang advance to the National Games finals this year.

“Han is an athletic player with flexible footwork and high-caliber defensive ability and has showcased her unlimited potential,” read the club statement.

Forward Wu joined the Chinese national team in 2015, becoming the first player to achieve this without playing a single WCBA game. She played in the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

Wu was a member of the title-winning side at the FIBA 3×3 Women’s Basketball World Cup in 2019, which helped China secure the ticket to the Tokyo Olympics. She was enrolled in the national team’s training list early this year.

Wu kicked off her WCBA campaign in Shanxi in September 2016 and was included in the starting five of the All-Star Game in 2017. She joined Xinjiang in June 2019 and averaged 11.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 114 league appearances.

“Wu boasts all-round ability and can play different positions,” said the Sichuan club.

With the recently signed quartet and veterans like Shao Ting and Gao Song in its roster, Sichuan will obviously be listed as one of WCBA title favorites when the next season starts.