Having turned 20 earlier this summer, Li Xiaoxu is considered in China as one of the hottest young talents around.
He plays his club basketball with Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league side Liaoning Hunters, where he has been since the age of 15.
In the summer of 2007, he was included in China’s team for the U19 World Championship team, which finished 12th.
Playing less than 19 minutes per game, he nevertheless managed to average 8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in a tournament that saw his form peak in the final three games.
In the ensuing season, 17-year-old Li helped Liaoning reach the CBA final, which they lost to the Guandong Southern Tigers, the league’s most successful team in recent years.
As the youngest player of China’s silver medal winning 2009 FIBA Asia Championship team, Li got his first taste of top flight international basketball.
In the opening round, in 20 minutes of action against Qatar, Li hit all attempts from two-point range and from the free -throw line, while also grabbing 8 rebounds.
However, as the Championship drew on and China progressed, his playing time dipped with experience being favoured over youth.
Having just completed his fifth year with Liaoning, who he once again helped secure a place in the playoffs, Li is according to many ready to make the step from young aspiring talent to that of a key player for China.
At 209cm, Li possesses a solid all-round play.
While his scoring percentages can still vary significantly from game to game, he has gained in consistency. His rebounding skills are probably the strongest part of his game.