Height: 6'3" (191 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Position: PG/SG
Hometown: Liaoning, China
Current Team: Liaoning
Win - Loss: 41 - 6


Nike Hoop Summit Scouting Reports: International Guards/Wings

Walker Beeken
Walker Beeken
Apr 13, 2011, 04:58 pm
Walker Beeken

Chinese guard Ailun Guo made a name for himself after leading the tournament in scoring at the 2010 U-17 World Championships in Hamburg. He ended up arriving a day late in Portland and struggling a bit in the game at the Nike Hoop Summit, going 1-5 from the field and committing two turnovers in 15 minutes of action.

This whole week was somewhat of a struggle for him (starting with the logistical issues) as he doesn't appear to speak a word of English--always being flanked by a translator. Nonetheless, he managed to leave a strong impression on the NBA people that watched him in practice, and clearly has a bright future ahead of him.

Guo had some outstanding moments throughout the week in practice and showed that he was a worthy selection to the roster. The first thing that stood out about him was how competitive he is, always fighting and scrapping and getting into some heated one-on-one matchups in drills and in scrimmages.

Physically, Guo has good size for a combo guard at 6'4” with a solid build, and he has the skill set to suit a role spending time on or off the ball. He plays with a scorer's mentality, but he has the ball-handling ability to play some point for stretches.

Guo plays with quite a bit of flash to his game, using fakes, change of speeds, and change of direction dribbles to get to the basket where he shows the ability to finish in a variety of ways with body hands and excellent body control. He's a very fluid player who clearly has a great deal of talent, although he still has a long ways to go to fully harness it.

He is still a streaky jump-shooter at this stage, showing inconsistent mechanics, but he has a decent stroke and looks comfortable shooting off the dribble or with his feet set.

His intensity level defensively really stood out in some of the scrimmaging, and although he's not a great defender in terms of his length or fundamentals, he managed to frustrate others on the World Team with his ball pressure. He wasn't as effective against the athleticism on Team USA on the offensive or defensive side of the ball, but as the future of Chinese basketball, he'll be worth keeping an eye on over the next few years, even if there are some question marks about his true age.

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