Xue Yuyang is a Chinese basketball player who was drafted #59 in the 2003 NBA Draft. Evolution of the rules of basketball 1895 The free throw line was officially placed 15. ... 2003 NBA Draft - 26 June 2003 See also: List of NBA Drafts, NBA Draft The 2003 NBA Draft is known for one of the most talented draft pools in recent draft history, with three second-year superstars (LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade) and numerous good players. ...
Xue, who played for the Hong Kong Flying Dragons last season, was selected 57th overall by the Dallas Mavericks, the Texas state-rivals of the Houston Rockets, who chose Yao first overall in last year's draft.
Minutes after 20-year-old Xue was taken, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that he was being traded to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a second-round pick in next year's draft.
Xue, recently elevated to China's national team, will join a Denver club that is already familiar with Chinese basketball talent.
Chinese basketball officials said Denver Nuggets prospect XueYuyang is not ready for the NBA and will not be allowed to play in the United States next season.
In a statement appearing in Chinese newspapers, the Chinese Basketball Association said Xue wasn't ready for the NBA and his participation in the draft violated regulations.
But it added that Xue needed to "train with the national team, play in international competitions, build up experience, improve his skills and strengthen himself physically for the grueling competition of the NBA.
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