Cal's Max Zhang will skip fall semester

Cal junior Max Zhang is not enrolled in school this fall after deciding to play for Team China in the Asian Games in November. The school is hoping its 7-foot-3 center will return to the team in the spring.

A school statement said Zhang believes competing for Team China at the games in Guangzhou at this time gives him the best opportunity to eventually make the Chinese Olympic Team.

"This was something Max couldn't afford to pass up, and we understand that," Cal coach Mike Montgomery said in a statement. "This has always been a lifelong dream of his, and we're wishing him the best of luck."

A fan favorite, Zhang improved last season while mainly coming off the bench to provide an inside presence. He blocked 37 shots, averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds.