BY ROMAN DELARA
Photo courtesy of COD Athletics
COD’s Men basketball sophomore Weijie “Kevin” Zhang has signed a letter of intent to San Diego Christian College.
The 6″1′, 175 pound combo guard had only played one season for the Roadrunners, but proved to be enough for SDC. As Zhang started in 15 of 18 games this season and averaged eight points per game with a shooting percentage of 40. Zhang also had a good amount of playing time averaging 26 minutes per game.
Zhang is originally from Bejing, China but left at the age of 15 to attend high school at Carlsbad Army-Navy. Zhang explains what his transition was like coming from China to the U.S. “At first it was tough, I came here by myself to chase my dreams. I really made an effort to adapt to the culture because if I want to be successful on the court I got to get used to the lifestyle off the court.”
The SDC Hawks was a team that has struggled for the past 11 seasons with not having a winning season since the 2006-2007 year. This past year did not get any better with the team going 4-19 on the season and only winning one game in their conference. Zhang expressed excitement for being a new addition to hopefully turn the Hawks around, “I feel like it’s a good fit for me, we’ll play some big division one schools. So, I’m really excited to go in there next year and play on a bigger stage.”
Zhang said that one moment that stuck out for him playing with the Roadrunners was their 92-91 victory at the end of the 2017 year against Imperial Valley. “We came together as a team, I feel that everybody got 25 assists that game and all the starters scored in double figures. ” Zhang was one of those starters to score double figures as he scored 16 points with three three-pointers out of five attempts. He also did well with ball control as he had five assists, two steals, and only one turnover in 36 minutes played.
Zhang’s best game of the year came in a 66-63 defeat to Moorpark. He scored a season-high 20 points, with four made threes and only missing four out of his 11 shooting attempts in only 24 minutes.
Zhang to reach his potenial in basketball wants to work on a few mental areas “To be more aggressive, be a smarter player, and do whatever it takes to help my team win.” With one year under his belt, Zanye has more confidence in his next chapter to play basketball at a higher level at SDC.
Weijie “Kevin” Zhang is majoring in business, which is offered at SDC in different categories. He hopes to continue his basketball career there for what could potentially be a bright future for the young athlete.