Fanbo Zeng

Updated on 5/15/21.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 6-9
Weight: 190
Country: China
Professional Team: NBA G-League Ignite
Classification: Non-College Draft Prospect
Birthdate: 1/11/2003

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

Pros:

Decent shooter
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Adequate playmaker
Moves well off the ball on offense
Decent rebounder
Decent defender
Very good shot blocker
Solid athlete

Cons:

Streaky shooter
Lacks an elite first step off the dribble
Not an elite ball handler
Tendency to over-dribble, which can lead to turnovers
May struggle to defend more athletic players
Needs to add strength
Missed a full season of basketball

Summary:

Fanbo Zeng is an athletic, skilled combo forward that has a variety of skills that could prove to be useful in the NBA.  He is sort of a project player because he recently missed a full season of basketball, and he wasn’t able to return to play high school basketball this season due to travel restrictions.

Still, he is a tall, agile playmaker that can also knock down outside shots from beyond the arc.  Zeng is also a very good shot blocker that can swat shots to help his team protect the paint.  He will need to be a more consistent shooter and tighten up his handle, and he will need to add strength to be able to match up to stronger opponents better.  He is an intriguing long-term prospect, and he currently projects to go in the second round range in the 2022 draft.

Links:

RealGM Profile
MaxPreps Profile
Wikipedia Page
NBA.com’s Article on Zeng
Orlando Sentinel’s Article on Zeng Unable to Play for Windermere Prep for His High School Senior Season

Games Scouted:
2/12/20 Windermere Prep vs. Orangewood Christian

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