Yi nets 15 in China's 19-and-under loss to United States

Updated: July 2, 2007, 10:47 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

DALLAS -- Yi Jianlian had 15 points and eight rebounds, three days after being drafted with the No. 6 pick by the Milwaukee Bucks, in China's 91-75 loss to the United States' 19-and-under national team Sunday.

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Yi scored 11 points in the fourth quarter after the U.S. team had stretched its lead to 20 points. He had practiced just one day with the Chinese national team and struggled early after coming off the bench. He played 23 minutes, going 3-of-8 from the field and 8-of-12 on free throws.

"In the beginning, it was difficult for him to find his position on the court," China coach Jonas Kazlauskas said. "In the fourth quarter, he was much better."

When asked if he'd had any contact with the Bucks, Yi said, "I don't want to talk about that."

However, Bucks owner Herb Kohl said he has written a letter requesting a meeting with his team's lottery pick.

"We're going to try to establish personal contact with him and his family," Kohl said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I wrote him a letter [Friday]. I requested a meeting with him and his family.

"Our basketball people, our general manager and coach, we're all in the process of reaching out to try to establish a constructive dialogue with him and his family and his representatives."

Sun Yue, taken in the second round by the Los Angeles Lakers, came off the bench for China, scoring two points in 13 minutes. Zhu Fangyu led China with 20 points.

The U.S. team, made up of players entering their freshman or sophomore seasons in college, made 11 of 24 3-pointers and led throughout the game. Tajuan Porter of Oregon was 5-of-7 on 3-pointers and led the Americans with 20 points.

China will play another exhibition Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks' summer league team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.