22 June, 2016
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China working hard to be ready for U17 Women's Worlds

BEIJING (2016 FIBA U17 Women’s World Championship) - Head coach Jianxin Li is putting China through their paces in a vital preparation camp as the 2015 FIBA Asia U16 Women’s champions get ready to hit the world stage in Zaragoza.

There are just three further cuts to be made to the candidate list as China ready themselves for a third appearance at the FIBA U17 Women’s World Championship.

China 15-player squad for 2016 FIBA U17 Women's World Championship
Song Feng Xu Han Ziqi Han Shan Li
Yueru Li Yuan Li Yutong Liu Yu Luo
Chenmeng Tang Jiaqi Wang Mengqi Wang Qiuyi Wang
Tong Xiao Lingge Zhang Ru Zhang  

Li and the players in contention will all be looking to improve on China's 11th-place finish at the previous edition two years ago - a far cry from the last step of the podium they occupied at the maiden event in 2010 in France.

China are currently working hard in their preparation camp

The outstanding Yueru Li is expected to spearhead the challenge this time around after her spectacular tournament last year in Medan, which returned a dazzling 22.1 points and 16.1 boards per game. There is also a sense of anticipation around her exciting shot blocking ability and that could be ready to light up the highlights reel.

Lingge Zhang also accrued a tournament double-double in Indonesia and that is a combination which could once again prove fruitful in the paint.

Orchestrating the plays will be another double act in Jiaqi Wang and Shan Li, who were first choice in the backcourt last year - the former also known for her devastating three-point shooting.

China could be tough opponents when the action gets underway in just over two weeks and will give a stiff test for their Group B rivals in the form of Australia, France and Mexico.