Sun Yue helped make a name for himself while leading China in this year's Olympics and hopes to show himself to the world in the NBA.
Yue was selected with the fortieth overall pick in this June's NBA Draft by the Lakers, and the team has reportedly agreed to terms with the point guard on a deal.
"I want to show myself to the world," said Sun. "I tried to do my best and play my part on the court. For me, every second counts at the Olympics, so I want to take the chance to let people know me."
Sun played against his future teammate Kobe Bryant, during China's opening round loss to the United States.
"I met Kobe and told him I'd like to play with him next season, he said 'OK', and 'see you in training camp'," Sun added.
The league's MVP appears to be impressed with his newest teammate, as well.
"I think he's very talented, actually," said Bryant. "I was very impressed by him. I think he has great size, great length, good shooting touch, good ball handler, good vision, good pace."
"I was surprised at his size right off the top. He was able to handle the ball. I tried to test him a little bit, see if he could go left, go right, that sort of thing. So I like him."