Playing in the NBA is every basketball players' dream, and Chinese teenage sensation Wang Zhizhi is no exception. Chinese national centre Wang has made a big impact on the court, where he is considered China's hottest young property. Impressive in the national 555 basketball league, Chinese newspapers have hailed him as a future United States NBA player. He would be the first mainland player to break into the US national league. Ma Jian came closest last November with trials for the Los Angeles Clippers, but the Chinese prospect failed to make the cut. Wang, 18, had actually been invited to play for a top US college, the first and most important step towards NBA stardom. But he had to turn down the offer because his club, Bayi, refused to release him - fearing injury and the possibility that he may not return. Despite missing out on the chance of playing in college basketball, Wang will next month have the chance of a lifetime, lining-up against the American 'Dream Team' in China's opening game at the Atlanta Olympics. The Chinese will play the US twice, since they are scheduled to take on the Americans on July 7 as part of their build-up towards Atlanta. 'This is a great chance for me to learn from the Americans, although I don't think I can play there in the near future,' said Wang, who helped the Chinese Olympic team to third place in the Super Commercial Cup at Queen Elizabeth Stadium. 'China's hopes of winning a medal are slim, but our main aim is to gain international experience, and you don't get better experience than playing against a great team like the US,' he said. The 2.12-metre tall centre played for the World Youth All-Star team in April, the first Chinese player to receive that honour. He said: 'Playing in the NBA is the dream of every basketball player, but my first priority is to help lift the standard of Chinese basketball.' Wang figured prominently in the Super Commercial Cup, helping China defeat Seapower 107-77 for third place. China lost to defending champions Energy 80-74 in the semi-finals. Energy, an all-American team, won their third cup in a row, beating Frankwell 66-63 in the final, Wayne Strickland scoring a three-pointer in the last second of the game.