Chinese Basketball Association Drafts Americans

This is an amazing deal. They invite a lot of top American basketball players who are a rung below NBA quality to the US Basketball Academy in central Oregon. Representatives of the Chinese professional teams are there, and everyone works out for a while. Then the Chinese teams hold a draft, and the players rights get divvied up around the Chinese league.

Then here's the crazy part: they negotiate and sign contracts that day. Kids, this is not a drill. You're going to China.

Here is the press release explaining who's going where.Eugene, Ore. (August 26, 2005) Guangdong Dongguan New Century used the first pick in the Chinese Basketball Association's (CBA) international player draft to select former Xavier star Anthony Miles, a six foot nine power forward, during the league's second annual draft held today at the United States Basketball Academy's training facility near Eugene, Ore.

Miles was the first of 51 elite basketball players drafted to play in the CBA during the 2005-'06 season. General managers and coaches from 14 CBA teams evaluated and selected players during the tryout camp August 20 through 26, at the USBA.

Results of the CBA draft are as follows:

First round

1. Guangdong Dongguan New Century: Anthony Miles, forward, Xavier ('04)

2. Fujian Xunxing: Tyrone Washington, center, Mississippi State ('99)

3. Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones: pass

4. Shandong Jinsidun: Eddy Fobbs, center, Sam Houston State ('05)

5. Henan Jigang: Jason Williams, guard, Radford ('01)

6. Shanxi Gaitianli: Brandon Crump, center, Tennessee ('05)

7. Shanghai Dongfang: Reggie Okosa, forward, La Salle ('02)

8. Jilin Tonggang: pass

9. Xinjiang Guanghui: pass

10. Beijing Shougang: Nate Williams, center, Georgia State ('04)

11. Liaoning Panpan: Reggie Butler, center, Xavier ('01)

12. Yunnan Honghe Bulls: Jon Smith, forward, Bowie State ('03)

13. Jiangsu Nangang Dragons: pass

14. Guangdong Hongyuan Southern Tigers: pass

(Zhejiang, Jilin, Xinjiang, Jiangsu, and Guangdong used their first-round picks to resign foreign players from their 2004-'05 teams.)

Second round

1. Guangdong Dongguan New Century: Charles Mason, forward, Bunker Hill CC ('98)

2. Fujian Xunxing: Chris Porter, forward, Auburn ('00)

3. Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones: Curtis Millage, guard, Arizona State ( 03)

4. Shandong Jinsidun: Joel Jones Camacho, guard, Cal. State-Sacramento ('04)

5. Henan Jigang: Kit Rhymer, center, University of Massachusetts ('02)

6. Shanxi Gaitianli: Trey Moore, guard, Mississippi ( 98)

7. Shanghai Dongfang: Rob Little, center, Stanford ('05)

8. Jilin Tonggang:: Babacar Camara, center, Cal State-Fullerton ('04)

9. Xinjiang Guanghui: Randell Jackson, forward, Florida State ('98)

10. Beijing Shougang: Nate Burton, forward, Georgetown ('01)

11. Liaoning Panpan: Justin Brown, center, University of Connecticut ( 03)

12. Yunnan Honghe Bulls: B. B. Waldon, forward, South Florida ('02)

13. Jiangsu Nangang Dragons: Jason Klotz, center, Texas ('05)

14. Guangdong Hongyuan Southern Tigers: Terrance Green, guard, Nevada-Reno ('03)

Third round

1. Guangdong Dongguan New Century: John Millsap, forward, Texas-San Antonio ('05)

2. Fujian Xunxing: Ejelu "Uche" Okafor, center, So. Idaho Junior College ('01)

3. Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones: Eric Washington, guard, Alabama ('96)

4. Shandong Jinsidun: Leroy Hickerson, forward, Cumberland College ('05)

5. Henan Jigang: Corey Williams, Alabama State ('99)

6. Shanxi Gaitianli: Antonio Hudson, LSU ('05)

7. Shanghai Dongfang: Mack Tuck, forward, Central Okalahoma ('97)

8. Jilin Tonggang: Matt Vaughn, guard, California Christian ('04)

9. Xinjiang Guanghui: Pat Simpson, center, SMU ('05)

10. Beijing Shougang: Nate Lofton, center, SE Louisiana ('05)

11. Liaoning Panpan: Antoine Hyman, forward, Keuka ('97)

12. Yunnan Honghe Bulls: Jerod Ward, forward, Michigan ('98)

13. Jiangsu Nangang Dragons: Carlos Dixon, guard, Virginia Tech ('05)

14. Guangdong Hongyuan Southern Tigers: William Knight, forward, UCLA ('02)

Fourth round

1. Guangdong Dongguan New Century: Geoff Brown, center, So. Mississippi ('03)

2. Fujian Xunxing: Seamus Boxley, forward, Portland State ('05)

3. Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones: Andre Joseph, guard, Oregon ('04)

4. Shandong Jinsidun: Zoran Viskovic, center, Valparaiso ('99)

5. Henan Jigang: Darrall Johns, center, Chicago State ('01)

6. Shanxi Gaitianli: Mike Mathews, forward, Florida State ('04)

7. Shanghai Dongfang: Mustapha Hoff, forward, Oregon State ('95)

8. Jilin Tonggang: Cameron Koford, center, Utah ('03)

9. Xinjiang Guanghui: Wayland White, forward, New Mexico ('01)

10. Beijing Shougang: Austin Nichols, guard, Humboldt State ('04)

11. Liaoning Panpan: Devonne Giles, forward, Texas Tech ('05)

12. Yunnan Honghe Bulls: Leon Trimmingham, forward, Briar Cliff ('93)

13. Jiangsu Nangang Dragons: Anderson Ferreira, forward, Chipola Junior College ('05)

14. Guangdong Hongyuan Southern Tigers: Kei Madison, forward, Okaloosa-Walton CC ('02)

Contract negotiations between players and teams were completed on draft day. Each CBA team is allowed only two import players on its roster at one time. The other two players drafted will be placed on a teams reserve list. Players not drafted will become part of the USBA's personnel management system that provides players with opportunities to play for professional teams around the world.

"Our partnership with the USBA has given us the chance to evaluate many elite players at one time and location," said Wang Xuan, secretary general of the CBA League Committee. "We are pleased our teams have the opportunity to evaluate the best international talent available."

"The CBA tryout camp and draft has been exciting," notes Bruce O'Neil, president and CEO of the USBA. "The USBA is pleased to partner with the CBA to continue to grow basketball's popularity in China as well as match these teams with terrific basketball talent."

Only 72 elite players were invited to the tryout camp and draft. Players were divided into eight teams coached by NBA and NCAA coaches. Former NBA coach and USBA faculty member Bob Hill directed the tryout camp. The players were from the United States, Canada, Africa, U.S. Virgin Islands, Australia, Puerto Rico, Croatia, and South America.

The USBA is a primary consultant to the CBA and the Chinese government's Ministry of Sport for developing and implementing grassroots basketball education programs for coaches and players at all levels of competition throughout China. Programs include hosting numerous coach and player clinics, and arranging for the USBA All Stars as well as college and high school teams to play games and participate in tournaments throughout the country. In addition, China's national teams and several professional teams annually train at USBA's facility in Oregon.

About USBA
Founded in 1990, the USBA is located in the beautiful McKenzie River Valley 47 miles east of Eugene, Ore. With its state of the art training facilities, the USBA annually hosts many national and professional teams from throughout the world, particularly China, offering focused training programs utilizing the latest technology, innovative coaching techniques, and premier accommodations. The USBA Advisory Board and faculty include many of the world's most respected coaches and former players. Legendary Coach John Wooden, Pete Newell, Bob Hill, Arvydas Sabonis, Rick Barry, Dale Brown, George Karl, and Yeoh Choo Hock (secretary general of FIBA-Asia) top the list of more than 40 prominent basketball experts associated with the USBA. For more information, go to www.usbainc.com.