The only Chinese player registered for the 2021 NBA Draft later this month has explained why he pulled out to return to China. Guo Haowen of the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association told why he turned his back on the NBA this season to return to China on his social media account. “After talking to my family, team and considering the suggestions from the Shanghai Sharks, I decided to withdraw from the 2021 NBA Draft,” the 21-year-old Guo wrote on Weibo. Guo will now return to play for the Sharks in the upcoming CBA season. Haowen Guo went pro at the age of 12. last season, he averaged 13.9 PTS, 4.1 REB, and 3.1 AST in 15 games with the Shanghai Sharks. now, he gets ready for the @NBADraft . learn a little about Haowen during his time at #EliteCamp pic.twitter.com/uY3dixH6FF — NBA G League (@nbagleague) July 5, 2021 Guo said that long-term he still wants to play in the NBA, with Chinese state media agency Xinhua reporting that he attracted interest from nine NBA teams – including the San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, and Minnesota Timberwolves. “Now I have three plans for the future: the first is training harder, improving skills and strength, accomplishing missions in the CBA, and getting good grades; the second is winning glory for my country; the third is participating in NBA Draft again and enhancing my performance.” Next Yao Ming? Guo to swap Shanghai Sharks for NBA He said that he realised the gap between him and some of his peers in the draft, which is set to take place on July 29 in New York City. “A certain gap remains between international high-level young players and me. I realized this during the American tour of training,” Guo wrote. Guo played in the NBA G League Elite Camp in Chicago last month, where he scored two from 10 attempts in 37 minutes. 2 players from China Basketball League (CBA) have declared for the 2021 NBA draft: Guo Haowen (Shanghai Sharks, 21, Guard, 6'6), Tang Jie (Fujian Sturgeons, 22, Guard, 6‘1). Benson Lin (22, Tianjin Pioneers) & Kevin Zhang(22, Liaoning Flying Leopards) also eligible to be picked. pic.twitter.com/DeRYF0e7Jo — Titan Sports Plus (@titan_plus) June 1, 2021 “I have not performed well enough. It has something to do with the size of the draft, but the main reason, I think, is that I was not well prepared. The NBA‘s three-point line distance, the intensity of physical confrontation and the fast pace of competition and training are the points where I have to improve and adapt myself to.” Guo had confirmed his place in the early entry draft which was confirmed by the NBA when they released their list on June 1. Fellow Chinese player Tang Jie had been announced as entering the draft by his agents on Weibo but the Fujian Sturgeons player was not on the list.